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  • Michaelis, Martin  (10)
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  • 1
    Language: English
    In: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications, 2006, Vol.339(1), pp.375-379
    Description: The measurement of natural killer (NK) cells toxicity against tumor or virus-infected cells especially in cases with small blood samples requires highly sensitive methods. Here, a coupled luminescent method (CLM) based on glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate dehydrogenase release from injured target cells was used to evaluate the cytotoxicity of interleukin-2 activated NK cells against neuroblastoma cell lines. In contrast to most other methods, CLM does not require the pretreatment of target cells with labeling substances which could be toxic or radioactive. The effective killing of tumor cells was achieved by low effector/target ratios ranging from 0.5:1 to 4:1. CLM provides highly sensitive, safe, and fast procedure for measurement of NK cell activity with small blood samples such as those obtained from pediatric patients.
    Keywords: Nk Cells ; Cytotoxicity ; Polio Virus Receptor ; Coupled Luminescent Method ; Neuroblastoma Cells ; Biology ; Chemistry ; Anatomy & Physiology
    ISSN: 0006-291X
    E-ISSN: 1090-2104
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  • 2
    Language: English
    In: Journal of medicinal chemistry, 09 February 2006, Vol.49(3), pp.1198-201
    Description: This paper describes the design and synthesis of dipeptidyl N,N-dimethyl glutaminyl fluoromethyl ketones (fmk) as severe acute respiratory syndrome coronovirus (SARS-CoV) inhibitors. The compounds were tested against SARS-CoV-induced cell death in Vero or CaCo2 cells as a measurement of the inhibiting effects of the compounds on the replication of the virus. Z-Leu-Gln(NMe(2))-fmk (6a) was found to be a potent inhibitor with low toxicity in cells, protecting cells with an EC(50) value of 2.5 microM and exhibiting a selectivity index of 〉40.
    Keywords: Antiviral Agents -- Chemical Synthesis ; Dipeptides -- Chemical Synthesis ; Sars Virus -- Drug Effects
    ISSN: 0022-2623
    E-ISSN: 15204804
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  • 3
    Language: English
    In: BMC Cancer, 01 December 2006, Vol.6(1), p.294
    Description: Abstract Background Drug resistance to chemotherapy is often associated with increased malignancy in neuroblastoma (NB). One explanation for the link between resistance and malignancy might be that resistance facilitates cancer progression and invasion. To investigate this hypothesis, adhesion, transendothelial penetration and NCAM (CD56) adhesion receptor expression of drug-resistant versus drug-sensitive NB tumor cells were evaluated. Methods Acquired drug resistance was mimicked by exposing parental UKF-NB-2, UKF-NB-3 or IMR-32 tumor cells to increasing concentrations of vincristine- (VCR) or doxorubicin (DOX) to establish the resistant tumor cell sublines UKF-NB-2VCR, UKF-NB-2DOX, UKF-NB-3VCR, UKF-NB-3DOX, IMR-32VCR and IMR-32DOX. Additionally, the malignant behaviour of UKF-NB-4, which already possessed the intrinsic multidrug resistance (MDR) phenotype, was analyzed. UKF-NB-4 exposed to VCR or DOX were designated UKF-NB-4VCR or UKF-NB-4DOX. Combined phase contrast – reflection interference contrast microscopy was used to separately evaluate NB cell adhesion and penetration. NCAM was analyzed by flow cytometry, western blot and RT-PCR. Results VCR and DOX resistant tumor sublines showed enhanced adhesion and penetration capacity, compared to their drug naïve controls. Strongest effects were seen with UKF-NB-2VCR, UKF-NB-3VCR and IMR-32DOX. DOX or VCR treatment also evoked increased invasive behaviour of UKF-NB-4. The process of accelerated tumor invasion was accompanied by decreased NCAM surface and protein expression, and down-regulation of NCAM coding mRNA. Transfection of UKF-NB-4VCR cells with NCAM cDNA led to a significant receptor up-regulation, paralleled by diminished adhesion to an endothelial cell monolayer. Conclusion It is concluded that NB cells resistant to anticancer drugs acquire increased invasive capacity relative to non-resistant parental cells, and that enhanced invasion is caused by strong down-regulation of NCAM adhesion receptors.
    Keywords: Medicine
    ISSN: 1471-2407
    E-ISSN: 1471-2407
    Source: Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
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  • 4
    Language: English
    In: International journal of oncology, February 2006, Vol.28(2), pp.439-46
    Description: The proteasome inhibitor bortezomib (Velcade) was recently approved for the treatment of therapy-refractive multiple myeloma and is under investigation for numerous other types of cancer. A phase I clinical trial in paediatric patients resulted in tolerable toxicity. Since the emergence of chemoresistance represents one of the major drawbacks in cancer therapy, we investigated the influence of bortezomib on multi-drug resistant human neuroblastoma cell lines characterised by P-glycoprotein expression and p53 mutation. Nanomolar concentrations of bortezomib inhibited the cell cycle and induced apoptosis in chemosensitive as well as in chemoresistant cell lines. In vivo growth of chemosensitive and chemoresistant neuroblastoma cell lines was inhibited to a similar extent. In addition, bortezomib inhibited vessel formation in neuroblastoma xenografts. These findings and the favourable toxicity profile of bortezomib in children make it reasonable to further pursue additional development of the drug for the treatment of neuroblastoma and other paediatric solid tumours.
    Keywords: Antineoplastic Agents -- Pharmacology ; Boronic Acids -- Pharmacology ; Neuroblastoma -- Prevention & Control ; Pyrazines -- Pharmacology
    ISSN: 1019-6439
    E-ISSN: 17912423
    Source: MEDLINE/PubMed (U.S. National Library of Medicine)
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  • 5
    In: International Journal of Oncology, 02/01/2006
    ISSN: 1019-6439
    E-ISSN: 1791-2423
    Source: CrossRef
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  • 6
    Language: English
    In: Leukemia Research, 2006, Vol.30(9), pp.1167-1175
    Description: The anti-epileptic drug valproic acid harbors anti-tumoral activity in solid and leukemic tumor cell models and is currently evaluated in clinical trials. However, the plasma trough concentrations obtained in patients by common anti-epileptic dose regimens are below concentrations required for exerting anti-tumor effects in vitro. Here, we describe the identification of three novel valproic acid derivatives with superior differentiation-inducing and anti-proliferative activities in K562 bcr/abl-positive chronic myeloid leukemia cells and HL60 promyelocytic leukemia cells at achievable therapeutic VPA concentrations. These compounds reveal potent inhibition of histone deacetylase activity, induction of p21 expression as well as low toxicity on CD34 bone marrow cells.
    Keywords: Vpa ; Differentiation ; Hdac ; Leukemia ; K562 ; Hl60 ; P21 Cip/Waf ; Medicine
    ISSN: 0145-2126
    E-ISSN: 1873-5835
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  • 7
    Language: English
    In: Investigative ophthalmology & visual science, February 2006, Vol.47(2), pp.645-51
    Description: In addition to neuroinvasive disease, West Nile virus (WNV) infection is frequently associated with self-limiting chorioretinitis and vitritis. However, the mechanisms of ophthalmic WNV infection are rarely investigated, in part because of the lack of reliable in vitro models. The authors therefore established the first model of ocular WNV infection and investigated interaction of WNV with IFN signal-transduction mechanisms. Human retinal pigment epithelial (RPE) cells were infected with WNV strain NY385-99 at a multiplicity of infection of 5. Virus replication was evaluated by virus titers at different times after infection. The susceptibility of RPE cells to WNV infection was confirmed by transmission electron microscopy. IFN-beta expression was assessed by quantitative real-time PCR and by measurements of antiviral activity in cell culture supernatants. IFN signaling was evaluated by phosphorylation of transducer and activator of transcription 1 and 2 (STAT1/2) proteins, with immunoblot analysis. RPE cells appeared to be highly sensitive to WNV infection. Maximum viral titers were found 24 hours after infection, followed by a continuous decline during the course of infection. WNV infection of RPE cells was followed by increased IFN-beta expression associated with IFN signaling and subsequent inhibition of WNV replication. In this study, the first cell culture model of ophthalmic WNV infection was developed and characterized in RPE cells, and the molecular mechanisms of WNV infection were studied. The data suggest that WNV induces a general antiviral state in RPE cells. This general antiviral state correlates with WNV-induced IFN signaling in retinal cells.
    Keywords: Interferon-Beta -- Biosynthesis ; Pigment Epithelium of Eye -- Virology ; Signal Transduction -- Physiology ; West Nile Virus -- Physiology
    ISSN: 0146-0404
    E-ISSN: 15525783
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  • 8
    Language: English
    In: Neoplasia, October 2006, Vol.8(10), pp.807-816
    Description: The genome, antigens of human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) are frequently found in prostatic carcinoma. However, whether this infection is causative or is an epiphenomenon is not clear. We therefore investigated the ability of HCMV to promote metastatic processes, defined by tumor cell adhesion to the endothelium, extracellular matrix proteins. Experiments were based on the human prostate tumor cell line PC3, either infected with the HCMV strain Hi (HCMV ) or transfected with cDNA encoding the HCMV-specific immediate early protein IEA1 (UL123) or IEA2 (UL122). HCMV upregulated PC3 adhesion to the endothelium, to the extracellular matrix proteins collagen, laminin, fibronectin. The process was accompanied by enhancement of β -integrin surface expression, elevated levels of integrin-linked kinase, phosphorylation of focal adhesion kinase. IEA1 or IEA2 did not modulate PC3 adhesion or β -integrin expression. Based on this model, we postulate a direct association between HCMV infection, prostate tumor transmigration, which is not dependent on IEA proteins. Integrin overexpression, combined with the modulation of integrin-dependent signalling, seems to be, at least in part, responsible for a more invasive PC3 tumor cell phenotype. Elevated levels of c-myc found in IEA1-transfected or IEA2-transfected PC3 cell populations might promote further carcinogenic processes through accelerated cell proliferation.
    Keywords: Adhesion ; Hcmv ; Integrins ; Oncomodulation ; Prostate Carcinoma Cells ; Medicine
    ISSN: 1476-5586
    ISSN: 15228002
    E-ISSN: 1476-5586
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  • 9
    Language: English
    In: BMC cancer, 21 December 2006, Vol.6, pp.294
    Description: Drug resistance to chemotherapy is often associated with increased malignancy in neuroblastoma (NB). One explanation for the link between resistance and malignancy might be that resistance facilitates cancer progression and invasion. To investigate this hypothesis, adhesion, transendothelial penetration and NCAM (CD56) adhesion receptor expression of drug-resistant versus drug-sensitive NB tumor cells were evaluated. Acquired drug resistance was mimicked by exposing parental UKF-NB-2, UKF-NB-3 or IMR-32 tumor cells to increasing concentrations of vincristine- (VCR) or doxorubicin (DOX) to establish the resistant tumor cell sublines UKF-NB-2VCR, UKF-NB-2DOX, UKF-NB-3VCR, UKF-NB-3DOX, IMR-32VCR and IMR-32DOX. Additionally, the malignant behaviour of UKF-NB-4, which already possessed the intrinsic multidrug resistance (MDR) phenotype, was analyzed. UKF-NB-4 exposed to VCR or DOX were designated UKF-NB-4VCR or UKF-NB-4DOX. Combined phase contrast - reflection interference contrast microscopy was used to separately evaluate NB cell adhesion and penetration. NCAM was analyzed by flow cytometry, western blot and RT-PCR. VCR and DOX resistant tumor sublines showed enhanced adhesion and penetration capacity, compared to their drug naïve controls. Strongest effects were seen with UKF-NB-2VCR, UKF-NB-3VCR and IMR-32DOX. DOX or VCR treatment also evoked increased invasive behaviour of UKF-NB-4. The process of accelerated tumor invasion was accompanied by decreased NCAM surface and protein expression, and down-regulation of NCAM coding mRNA. Transfection of UKF-NB-4VCR cells with NCAM cDNA led to a significant receptor up-regulation, paralleled by diminished adhesion to an endothelial cell monolayer. It is concluded that NB cells resistant to anticancer drugs acquire increased invasive capacity relative to non-resistant parental cells, and that enhanced invasion is caused by strong down-regulation of NCAM adhesion receptors.
    Keywords: Cell Adhesion ; Cell Movement ; Drug Resistance, Neoplasm ; Cd56 Antigen -- Metabolism ; Endothelial Cells -- Metabolism ; Neural Cell Adhesion Molecules -- Metabolism ; Neuroblastoma -- Immunology
    E-ISSN: 1471-2407
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  • 10
    Language: English
    In: International Journal of Oncology, February 2006, Vol.28(2), pp.439-446
    Description: The proteasome inhibitor bortezomib (Velcade®) was recently approved for the treatment of therapy-refractive multiple myeloma and is under investigation for numerous other types of cancer. A phase I clinical trial in paediatric patients resulted in tolerable toxicity. Since the emergence of chemoresistance represents one of the major drawbacks in cancer therapy, we investigated the influence of bortezomib on multi-drug resistant human neuroblastoma cell lines characterised by P-glycoprotein expression and p53 mutation. Nanomolar concentrations of bortezomib inhibited the cell cycle and induced apoptosis in chemosensitive as well as in chemoresistant cell lines. in vivo growth of chemosensitive and chemoresistant neuroblastoma cell lines was inhibited to a similar extent. In addition, bortezomib inhibited vessel formation in neuroblastoma xenografts. These findings and the favourable toxicity profile of bortezomib in children make it reasonable to further pursue additional development of the drug for the treatment of neuroblastoma and other paediatric solid tumours.
    ISSN: 1019-6439
    Source: Spandidios Publications (Spandidos Publications Ltd.)
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