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See detailExpression of the Mr 67,000 laminin receptor is an adverse prognostic indicator in human thyroid cancer: an immunohistochemical study.
Basolo, F.; Pollina, L.; Pacini, F. et al

in Clinical Cancer Research : An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research (1996), 2(10), 1777-80

Increased expression of the Mr 67,000 laminin receptor (LR) is a consistent event which appears as cancer cells acquire an invasive and metastatic phenotype. The Mr 67,000 LR is one of the many laminin ... [more ▼]

Increased expression of the Mr 67,000 laminin receptor (LR) is a consistent event which appears as cancer cells acquire an invasive and metastatic phenotype. The Mr 67,000 LR is one of the many laminin-binding proteins able to interact with the major glycoprotein of basement membranes, laminin. The recent development of a specific monoclonal antibody directed against the Mr 67,000 LR MLuC5 has allowed us to study large retrospective groups of human cancers with the aim of correlating the Mr 67,000 LR expression to the clinical, pathological, and survival data of the patients. A significant correlation has already been established between the increased expression of Mr 67,000 LR and survival of patients with breast, colon, ovary, lung, and endometrial cancers. In this study, we investigated the possibility that the detection of Mr 67,000 LR in thyroid human cancers could also be of prognostic value. We analyzed the expression of Mr 67,000 LR with immunohistochemistry using MLuC5 antibodies in paraffin sections of 40 benign and 170 malignant thyroid human tumors. We found that Mr 67,000 LR was not usually detectable in normal thyroid tissues adjacent to the lesion. Only 3 of the 40 thyroid adenomas examined (7.5%) presented cells positive for Mr 67,000 LR. For the malignant thyroid tumors examined, we found that 22.3% of papillary thyroid carcinomas, 38% of follicular thyroid carcinomas, 40% of poorly differentiated carcinomas, 25% of medullary carcinomas, and 58.3% of anaplastic carcinomas expressed a high level of Mr 67,000 LR. Although no correlation between the Mr 67,000 LR expression and survival was found in patients with follicular thyroid carcinomas, papillary thyroid carcinomas, anaplastic carcinomas, and medullary carcinomas, there was a significant correlation in primary thyroid cancers. Our data represent the first extensive study of the Mr 67,000 LR expression in human thyroid cancers and strongly suggest that its detection could be of prognostic value in the investigation of primary thyroid cancers. [less ▲]

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See detailOverexpression of the 67-kD laminin receptor correlates with tumour progression in human colorectal carcinoma.
Sanjuan, X.; Fernandez, P. L.; Miquel, R. et al

in Journal of Pathology (The) (1996), 179(4), 376-80

The high affinity 67-kD laminin receptor (67LR) is a cell surface protein whose expression is increased in a number of human carcinoma models. To date, 67LR expression in colorectal carcinomas has been ... [more ▼]

The high affinity 67-kD laminin receptor (67LR) is a cell surface protein whose expression is increased in a number of human carcinoma models. To date, 67LR expression in colorectal carcinomas has been examined in a small number of cases. 67LR expression has been immunohistochemically analysed in a large series of human colorectal neoplasms, using the MLuC5 monoclonal antibody. The study included 59 samples of non-neoplastic mucosa, 45 polyps (11 hyperplastic, 34 adenomas), 196 carcinomas, and lymph node metastases of 87 carcinomas. Epithelial cells of normal mucosa and hyperplastic polyps were negative or showed weak positivity in the paranuclear and apical areas of the cytoplasm. In adenomas and carcinomas, the staining was stronger, with a membranous or cytoplasmic pattern. The expression of 67LR correlated significantly with the progression from normal mucosa (22 per cent) to adenoma (44 per cent), carcinoma (61 per cent), and lymph node metastasis (75 per cent) (P < 0.0001). Expression of the laminin receptor showed a tendency to be more frequently positive in advanced stage (III+IV; 67 (III+IV; 67 per cent) when compared with early stage (I+II) carcinomas (54 per cent). The difference, however, was not statistically significant (P = 0.058). In addition, 14 out of 28 (50 per cent) primary carcinomas without 67LR expression became positive in lymph node metastases, while most (86 per cent) of the MLuC5-positive primary carcinomas were also immunoreactive in metastases. In conclusion, these results indicate that 67LR is up-regulated in the progression of human colorectal carcinomas and may play a role in the local and metastatic progression of these tumours. [less ▲]

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See detailPeptide G, containing the binding site of the 67-kDa laminin receptor, increases and stabilizes laminin binding to cancer cells.
Magnifico, A.; Tagliabue, E.; Buto, S. et al

in Journal of Biological Chemistry (1996), 271(49), 31179-84

We investigated the effect of peptide G, a synthetic peptide derived from the sequence of the 37-kDa laminin receptor precursor, on the interaction of laminin in two tumor cell lines one of which produces ... [more ▼]

We investigated the effect of peptide G, a synthetic peptide derived from the sequence of the 37-kDa laminin receptor precursor, on the interaction of laminin in two tumor cell lines one of which produces laminin and one of which does not. Addition of peptide G to the culture medium induced a significant increase in the amount of endogenous laminin detectable on the cell membrane of both cell lines. Moreover, pretreatment of exogenous laminin with peptide G dramatically increased laminin binding on both cell lines. Kinetics analysis of membrane-bound labeled laminin revealed a 3-fold decrease in the kd of peptide G-treated laminin compared with untreated or unrelated or scrambled peptide-treated laminin. Moreover, the affinity constant of peptide G-treated laminin increased 2-fold, with a doubling of the number of laminin binding sites, as determined by Scatchard analysis. Expression of the VLA6 integrin receptor on the cell membrane increased after incubation with peptide G-treated laminin. However, the lower binding inhibition of peptide G-treated laminin after anti-VLA6 antibody or cation chelation treatment indicates that membrane molecules in addition to integrin receptors are involved in the recognition of peptide G-modified laminin. These "new" laminin-binding proteins also mediated cell adhesion to laminin, the first step in tumor invasion. Together, the data suggest that peptide G increases and stabilizes laminin binding on tumor cells, involving surface receptors that normally do not take part in this interaction. This might explain the abundant clinical and experimental data suggesting a key role for the 67-kDa laminin receptor in the interaction between cancer cells and the basement membrane glycoprotein laminin during tumor invasion and metastasis. [less ▲]

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See detailA Possible Role for the Alpha 1-->3 Galactosyl Epitope and the Natural Anti-Gal Antibody in Oncogenesis
Gollogly, L.; Castronovo, Vincenzo ULg

in Neoplasma (1996), 43(5), 285-9

Glycoconjugates and their antibodies are vital components of host-tumor interaction. This review concentrates on the oncological implications of research concerning the alpha gal triad; the alpha 1-->3 ... [more ▼]

Glycoconjugates and their antibodies are vital components of host-tumor interaction. This review concentrates on the oncological implications of research concerning the alpha gal triad; the alpha 1-->3 galactosyl epitope (alpha Gal), the enzyme responsible for its construction, alpha 1,3 galactosyl transferase (alpha 1-3GT), and its associated antibody: anti-gal. Alpha gal epitopes, previously assumed to be absent from human tissue, have been demonstrated on several human cancer cell lines, senescent red blood cells, and Graves' disease thyrocytes. Alpha-gal presence on neoplastic lines is correlated with increased metastatic formation in animal models. The mechanisms of human response to these neoantigens are complex, as natural anti-gal antibodies exist in high titers in normal sera, thus predicting immunological recognition of cells expressing alpha gal epitopes. Hypotheses vary regarding the pathogenic contributions of metastasis-associated phenomena such as de novo expression of alpha gal and its unmasking by desialylation. The means by which alpha gal is sporadically expressed in human tissue remain unknown, as the galactosyl transferase which produces this epitope in constitutively expressive animals has undergone significant mutation at the genomic level in humans. Pathological re-expression is presumed to require permissive changes at a cellular level. Detailing these alterations is a prerequisite to the comprehension of the metastatic phenotype. In this context, the possibility of therapeutic strategies affecting alpha gal expression are also discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailCloning and expression of a new HOXC6 transcript encoding a repressing protein
Chariot, Alain ULg; Castronovo, Vincenzo ULg; Le, P. et al

in Biochemical Journal (1996), 319

Homeodomain-containing proteins are transcription factors that regulate the co-ordinated expression of multiple genes involved in development, differentiation and malignant transformation. In an attempt ... [more ▼]

Homeodomain-containing proteins are transcription factors that regulate the co-ordinated expression of multiple genes involved in development, differentiation and malignant transformation. In an attempt to characterize expressed homeobox (HOX) genes in breast cancer cells, we cloned two distinct HOXC6 transcripts from an MCF7 cDNA library, Interestingly, one of them represents a new HOXC6 mRNA encoding a homeodomain-containing protein harbouring a unique N-terminal sequence. Moreover we demonstrate that this HOXC6 transcript is less abundant in human breast cancer cells than in non-tumorigenic cell lines, is detected in breast carcinomas and adjacent tissues and is expressed in a variety of human tumours. In addition, transient co-transfection experiments illustrated that both HOXC6 transcripts encode gene products that repress transcription from a HOX binding sequence in MDA-MB231 cells and co-operate with other HOX gene products such as HOXB7 on their target genes. Taken together, our results suggest that HOXC6 proteins might contribute to the breast cell phenotype through co-operative interactions with other HOX-derived proteins and repression of their target genes. [less ▲]

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See detailRecent advances in prostate cancer metastasis
Waltregny, David ULg; Castronovo, Vincenzo ULg

in Tumori (1996), 82(3, May-Jun), 193-204

Prostate cancer in men has now surpassed lung cancer as the most frequent non-cutaneous cancer. From a biological perspective, prostate carcinoma is unique among human malignancies in the wide discrepancy ... [more ▼]

Prostate cancer in men has now surpassed lung cancer as the most frequent non-cutaneous cancer. From a biological perspective, prostate carcinoma is unique among human malignancies in the wide discrepancy that exists between the prevalence of 'latent' cancer, recognizable only histologically, and that of the clinical disease. Histologically detected localized prostate cancers are heterogeneous, with only a small subset having undergone all of the malignant changes required to produce clinically aggressive tumors. Most of these 'latent' carcinoma never become fully malignant and do not threaten the life or well-being of the host. At present, it is not possible to predict which localized cancers will progress to clinically overt disease. Likewise, many patients have underevaluated and unpredictable extent of their prostate carcinoma, thus resulting in inadequate therapeutic strategies. It is clear that we need to identify molecular and/or cellular markers that are able to define the invasive and metastatic potential of prostate cancer on an individual patient basis. Acquisition of metastatic ability is a definitive criterion by which substage localized prostate cancers. Under the light of recent studies designed to identify some of the features associated with the metastatic phenotype of prostate cancer, the authors review recent advances aimed at gaining insight into those factors that may be involved in prostate cancer metastasis. [less ▲]

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See detailThe human 37kDa laminin receptor precursor/p40 ribosomal associated protein multigene family : structure of the active gene and chromosomal location at 3p21.3
Jackers, Pascale ULg; Minoletti, Fabiola; Belotti, Dorina et al

in Cell Biology International (1996), 20

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See detailTamoxifen and the E-Cadherin/Catenin complex.
Bracke, M.; Van Roy, Frans; Castronovo, Vincenzo ULg et al

in In The Enigma of Tamoxifen. (1996)

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See detailThe Potent Angioinhibin Agm-1470 Stimulates Normal but Not Human Tumoral Lymphocytes
Antoine, Nadine ULg; Daukandt, M.; Locigno, R. et al

in Tumori (1996), 82(1, Jan-Feb), 27-30

BACKGROUND: AGM-1470 is a newly synthesized molecule developed as an analog of the potent anti-angiogenic fumagillin. Its efficacy in restraining tumor growth in vivo and the absence of major side effects ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: AGM-1470 is a newly synthesized molecule developed as an analog of the potent anti-angiogenic fumagillin. Its efficacy in restraining tumor growth in vivo and the absence of major side effects have already led to phase I clinical trials in patients with solid cancers. However, neither the exact mechanisms of action of AGM-1470 nor its effects on the host of normal cells have been extensively studied. Recently, we showed that AGM-1470 enhanced the proliferation of B lymphocytes in the presence of T cells. Since AGM-1470 could potentially be used in patients with lymphoma, it was urgent to test the effect of the molecule on the proliferation of tumor lymphocytes. METHODS: The possible effect of AGM-1470 on the proliferation of normal or tumor lymphocytes was evaluated by thymidine-incorporated assays. Normal T and B lymphocytes were purified from human tonsils. The tumor lymphocytes used in the study were Molt 3, Molt 4 and Jurkatt cell lines for the T lineage and Daudi and Radji cell lines for the B lineage. RESULTS: As shown previously, AGM-1470 stimulates the proliferation of normal B lymphocytes through an action on normal T cells. THe angioinhibin was ineffective ont eh proliferation of both T and B transformed cells. Moreover, in the presence of the drug, tumor T cells co-cultured with normal B lymphocytes did not induce any increase in B cell proliferation, as previously observed with normal T lymphocytes. Inversely, tumor B cells co-cultured with normal T lymphocytes were insensitive to the drug. CONCLUSIONS: Our results demonstrate that AGM-1470 is ineffective on lymphoid tumor cell proliferation and could potentially be safely administered to lymphoma patients. [less ▲]

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See detailHighly-Expressed P100/P52 (Nfkb2) Sequesters Other Nf-Kappa B-Related Proteins in the Cytoplasm of Human Breast Cancer Cells
Dejardin, Emmanuel ULg; Bonizzi, Giuseppina; Bellahcene, Akeila ULg et al

in Oncogene (1995), 11(9), 1835-41

Several observations have suggested that NF-kappa B transcription factors could be involved in carcinogenesis. To investigate the possibility that members of the NF-kappa B family participate in the ... [more ▼]

Several observations have suggested that NF-kappa B transcription factors could be involved in carcinogenesis. To investigate the possibility that members of the NF-kappa B family participate in the molecular control of the transformed phenotype, we examined the expression of these proteins in human breast cancer cell lines as well as in primary tumors. Western Immunoblots demonstrated high expression of the p52 precursor p100 (NFKB2) in several breast cancer cell lines while human mammary epithelial cells express this protein only faintly. Eighteen primary breast tumors out of 24 displayed significant expression of the p100/p52 protein. In MDA-MB-435 cells, overexpressed p100 and p52 are predominantly cytoplasmic and coimmunoprecipitation experiments demonstrated that p100 sequesters the heterodimer p50/p65 in the cytoplasm. We demonstrate that most p65 protein is complexed with p100 in these cells while it is complexed predominantly with I kappa B-alpha in cell lines expressing less p100. Our data strengthen the hypothesis that NF-kappa B could be involved in carcinogenesis and suggest that the p100/p52 NF-kappa B subunit could play a role in the development of human breast cancers, possibly by sequestering other NF-kappa B-related proteins in the cytoplasm. [less ▲]

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See detailRetinoic Acid Induces Three Newly Cloned Hoxa1 Transcripts in Mcf7 Breast Cancer Cells
Chariot, Alain ULg; Moreau, Louis; Senterre, Geoffrey et al

in Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications (1995), 215(2), 713-20

Coordinated expression of genes involved in development, differentiation and malignant transformation is regulated by transcription factors including homeodomain-containing proteins. However, most of ... [more ▼]

Coordinated expression of genes involved in development, differentiation and malignant transformation is regulated by transcription factors including homeodomain-containing proteins. However, most of their cDNA sequences are still unknown. We report here the molecular characterization of three newly cloned HOXA1 transcripts from human breast cancer cells. In addition, we provide evidence that these alternatively spliced transcripts encode one homeodomain-containing protein and two products lacking the conserved DNA-binding domain. Moreover, we demonstrate that all three HOXA1 transcripts are induced by retinoic acid in MCF7 cells. Taken together, our results suggest that HOXA1 gene may be a key element in the establishment of the breast cancer cell phenotype. [less ▲]

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See detailGalectin-1 Modulates Human Melanoma Cell Adhesion to Laminin
van den Brule, F. A.; Buicu, C.; Baldet, M. et al

in Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications (1995), 209(2), 760-7

Galectins constitute a gene family of beta-galactoside-specific lectins that show high homology in their carbohydrate-binding site. They have been postulated to be involved in many biological events, but ... [more ▼]

Galectins constitute a gene family of beta-galactoside-specific lectins that show high homology in their carbohydrate-binding site. They have been postulated to be involved in many biological events, but their specific functions are not yet well defined. Galectin-1 is a laminin binding protein that recognizes poly-N-acetyllactosamine chains on this major basement membrane glycoprotein. In this study, we analyzed the possibility that galectin-1 could modulate interactions between human melanoma cells and laminin. We demonstrated that A375 and A2058 cell lines express galectin-1 both intracellularly and on the cell surface. In an in vitro assay, recombinant galectin-1 increased melanoma cell attachment to laminin in a dose-dependent manner. This effect was abolished by lactose. Anti-galectin-1 inhibited adhesion of melanoma cells to laminin in a dose-dependent fashion. However, neither galectin-1 nor anti-galectin-1 antibody affected melanoma cell spreading on laminin in vitro. These data indicate that galectin-1 might participate in melanoma cell adhesion to laminin and therefore could be a modulator of invasion and metastasis. [less ▲]

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See detailSimulation of Human B-Lymphocyte Proliferation by Agm-1470, a Potent Inhibitor of Angiogenesis
Antoine, Nadine ULg; Bours, Vincent ULg; Heinen, Ernst ULg et al

in Journal of the National Cancer Institute (1995), 87(2), 136-9

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See detailIncreased Expression of Osteonectin and Osteopontin, Two Bone Matrix Proteins, in Human Breast Cancer
Bellahcene, Akeila ULg; Castronovo, Vincenzo ULg

in American Journal of Pathology (1995), 146(1), 95-100

Microcalcifications are a common phenomenon associated with breast cancer and are often the only mammographic sign of a malignant breast disease. Although microcalcifications are not restricted to breast ... [more ▼]

Microcalcifications are a common phenomenon associated with breast cancer and are often the only mammographic sign of a malignant breast disease. Although microcalcifications are not restricted to breast cancer and can be also associated with benign lesions, it is noteworthy that they are composed exclusively of hydroxyapatite in breast carcinoma. Hydroxyapatite is the bone-associated phosphocalcic crystal the deposition of which in bone tissue requires the coordinated expression of several molecules such as osteonectin (OSN) and osteopontin (OPN), synthesized by cells of the osteoblastic lineage. In this study, we evaluated the expression of these two bone matrix proteins, using an immunoperoxidase technique and specific antibodies, in 79 breast lesions including 28 benign and 51 cancerous specimens. We found that normal mammary tissue associated with the lesions examined expressed generally undetectable or lightly detectable (0 or 1+) amounts of OSN and OPN (92 and 81%, respectively). Benign breast lesions, including fibroadenoma and fibrocystic dysplasia, were generally weakly stained (0 or 1+) with both anti-OSN and anti-OPN antibodies (96.4 and 60.7%, respectively). Interestingly, the majority of both in situ and invasive breast carcinoma lesions showed a strong expression (2+ or 3+) for OSN or OPN (74.5 and 84.3%, respectively). High expression of these two bone matrix proteins was associated with frequent microcalcification deposition in the lesion. This study is the first extensive study of OSN and OPN expression in mammary cancers. Our data suggest that OSN and OPN could play a role in the formation of ectopic microcalcifications often associated with breast cancer. It is also tempting to speculate that the expression of these two glycoproteins by breast cancer cells play a role in the preferred bone homing of breast metastases. [less ▲]

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See detailTamoxifen and its active metabolite inhibit growth of estrogen receptor-negative MDA-MB-435 cells
Charlier, Corinne ULg; Chariot, Alain ULg; Antoine, Nadine ULg et al

in Biochemical Pharmacology (1995), 49

Tamoxifen (TAM), the non-steroidal anti-estrogen most widely administered to breast cancer patients, acts, at least in part, by competing with estrogen receptors (ER). However, the existence of an ... [more ▼]

Tamoxifen (TAM), the non-steroidal anti-estrogen most widely administered to breast cancer patients, acts, at least in part, by competing with estrogen receptors (ER). However, the existence of an alternative mechanism of action for this drug is supported by the clinical observations that: (a) 30% of patients with ER-negative cancer cells respond to TAM, and (b) 30% of patients with ER-positive cancer cells are not sensitive to this anti-estrogen. In this study, we observed that growth of the human ER-negative breast cancer cell line MDA-MB-435 was inhibited by TAM and 4-hydroxytamoxifen (4OH-TAM) in a concentration-dependent fashion. Both monoclonal enzymoimmunoassay and Dextran Charcoal Coated Scatchard radioimmunoassay analysis demonstrated that this MDA-MB-435 cell line does not express ER. The absence of ER in MDA-MB-435 cells was also demonstrated at the mRNA level by both northern blot hybridization and reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction techniques. MDA-MB-435 cell proliferation was not affected by 17 beta-estradiol or by the pure anti-estrogen ICI 164384, further demonstrating that the observed effects of TAM and its active metabolite on the proliferation of MDA-MB-435 cells were due to an ER-independent mechanism, yet to be identified. MDA-MB-435 thus appears to be a promising original model for the study of the alternative ER-independent mechanisms of action of TAM. [less ▲]

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See detailExpression of the monomeric 67-kd laminin-binding protein in human lymphomas as defined by MLuC5 monoclonal antibody and paraffin section immunohistochemistry.
Carbone, A.; Gloghini, A.; Colombatti, A. et al

in Human Pathology (1995), 26(5), 541-6

Interactions between cancer cells and laminin, a major component of basement membranes, are mediated through a large variety of cell surface proteins designated as laminin receptors. Among the above ... [more ▼]

Interactions between cancer cells and laminin, a major component of basement membranes, are mediated through a large variety of cell surface proteins designated as laminin receptors. Among the above proteins, a 67-kd monomeric high affinity laminin receptor (67 LR) has long been suspected to be involved in tumor progression. In this study we wished to establish whether the 67 LR molecule is detectable on tumor cells of Hodgkin's disease (HD) and non-Hodgkin's lymphomas (NHLs), to define its pattern of expression, and to assess the potential utility of 67 LR in differentiating these pathological entities. Morphological and immunohistological studies were performed on 85 specimens of HD and a series of 334 NHL specimens, including anaplastic large cell (ALC) (CD30-positive) lymphomas (73 specimens). For immunohistochemical assessment of the 67 LR we used the monoclonal antibody (MoAb) MLuC5 directed against the 67-kd laminin receptor on paraffin-embedded sections. Reed-Sternberg cells reacted with MLuC5 MoAb in four of 85 (4.7%) HD specimens. Among the NHL specimens, a MLuC5-positive reaction was expressed in 3.3% of B-cell lymphomas. They all belonged to the high grade subtypes. On the other hand, a MLuC5-positive reaction was detected in none of the T-cell lymphomas tested. In contrast to the results obtained with the other NHLs, in 30.2% of ALC (CD30-positive) lymphoma specimens, tumor cells reacted with MLuC5 MoAb. MLuC5-expressing ALC (CD30-positive) lymphoma cells were of either T-cell (six of 17 specimens), B-cell (three of 25 specimens), or undetermined phenotype (10 of 31 specimens). Our investigation has shown that 67 LR as shown by MLuC5 MoAb is detectable only in neoplastic cells of a fraction of ALC (CD30-positive) lymphomas and small subsets of B-cell high grade NHLs and HD. The restricted expression of the 67 LR molecule to ALC (CD30-positive) lymphomas provides a potential tool for the phenotypic separation of this pathological entity from HD and other lymphomas. Whether the detection of the 67 LR expression in these lymphoma subsets may be related to the aggressiveness of the disease remains to be ascertained. [less ▲]

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See detailCancers épithéliaux de l'ovaire. Acquisitions récentes
van den Brule, F. A.; Lambotte, René ULg; Castronovo, Vincenzo ULg

in Journal de Gynécologie, Obstétrique et Biologie de la Reproduction (1995), 24(3), 241-52

Ovarian carcinomas constitute the major cause of the mortality and morbidity in gynaecology. Most ovary carcinomas are epithelial tumours. Our understanding of ovarian cancerogenesis has been hampered by ... [more ▼]

Ovarian carcinomas constitute the major cause of the mortality and morbidity in gynaecology. Most ovary carcinomas are epithelial tumours. Our understanding of ovarian cancerogenesis has been hampered by the lack of a well defined precursor lesion, the lack of knowledge about tumour progression, and by the relative inaccessibility of the ovaries in the abdominal cavity. Recent studies using experimental models allow us to better define the fundamental mechanisms of carcinogenesis from the serous ovarian cells and of invasion of the abdominopelvic cavity by proximity. This review article tries to update on epidemiology, genetic syndromes, biology, screening, and therapy of these epithelial tumours, and about the new directions taken by basic and clinical research. We will present data concerning oncogenes and tumour suppressor genes involved in epithelial ovarian tumours, regulation of tumour cells by growth factors, genes involved in tumour invasion, and mechanisms used by the cancer cell to resist to therapies. Non-epithelial ovarian tumours will not be examined in this manuscript. [less ▲]

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See detailGalectin-3, a Laminin Binding Protein, Fails to Modulate Adhesion of Human Melanoma Cells to Laminin
van den Brule, F. A.; Buicu, C.; Sobel, M. E. et al

in Neoplasma (1995), 42(5), 215-9

Galectin-3 is a laminin binding protein which expression is altered in a variety of human carcinomas including colon, breast and endometrium. In these tumors, we consistently observed a down regulation of ... [more ▼]

Galectin-3 is a laminin binding protein which expression is altered in a variety of human carcinomas including colon, breast and endometrium. In these tumors, we consistently observed a down regulation of galectin-3 expression related to increased aggressiveness. Galectin-3 belongs to a family of galactose-binding lectins and binds laminin through its numerous poly-N-acetyllactosamine chains. To date, the exact role of galectin-3 in the complex interactions between cancer cells and laminin has not been clearly defined. Adhesion of melanoma cells to laminin is a critical event during tumor invasion and metastasis. In this study, we explore the possibility that galectin-3 could modulate attachment of two human melanoma cell lines to laminin. A2058 and A375 melanoma cell expressed galectin-3 on their surface as demonstrated by immunofluorescence, and attached to laminin in an in vitro assay. We demonstrate that neither recombinant galectin-3 nor an affinity purified antigalectin-3 antiserum altered adhesion of A2058 or A375 melanoma cells to laminin. Our data strongly suggest that galectin-3 is not a key element in adhesion of the melanoma cells to laminin. These results are not surprising in light of the observation that galectin-3 expression is down regulated in cancer and that increased adhesion to laminin is a constant feature of invasive cancer cells. [less ▲]

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See detailDepressed Immune Surveillance against Cancer: Role of Deficient T Cell: Extracellular Matrix Interactions
Gorski, A.; Castronovo, Vincenzo ULg; Stepien-Sopniewska, B. et al

in Cell Adhesion and Communication (1994), 2(3), 225-33

Although T cells infiltrate malignant tumors, the local immune response is usually inefficient and tumors escape destruction. While extracellular matrix proteins strongly costimulate T cell responses in ... [more ▼]

Although T cells infiltrate malignant tumors, the local immune response is usually inefficient and tumors escape destruction. While extracellular matrix proteins strongly costimulate T cell responses in normal individuals, our studies indicate that peripheral blood T cells from cancer patients and tumor infiltrating cells respond poorly or are resistant to stimulative signals mediated by collagen I and IV and fibronectin. Moreover, the adhesive properties of cancer T cells are markedly depressed. Those functional deficiencies are paralleled by variable deficits in integrin and non-integrin T cell receptors for extracellular matrix. Immunotherapy with BCG causes a dramatic but transient increase in T cell: ECM interactions. [less ▲]

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