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Establishment of immortalized murine mesothelial cells and a novel mesothelioma cell line

Blum, Walter ; Pecze, László ; Felley-Bosco, Emanuela ; Worthmüller-Rodriguez, Janine ; Wu, Licun ; Vrugt, Bart ; Perrot, Marc de ; Schwaller, Beat

In: In Vitro Cellular & Developmental Biology - Animal, 2015, p. 1–8

Mesothelial cells are susceptible to 10:38 05.06.2015asbestos fiber-induced cytotoxicity and on longer time scales to transformation; the resulting mesothelioma is a highly aggressive neoplasm that is considered as incurable at the present time Zucali et al. (Cancer Treatment Reviews 37:543–558, 2011). Only few murine cell culture models of immortalized mesothelial cells and mesothelioma...

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Regulation of calretinin in malignant mesothelioma is mediated by septin 7 binding to the CALB2 promoter

Blum, Walter ; Pecze, László ; Wörthmüller Rodriguez, Janine ; Steinauer, Martine ; Schwaller, Beat

In: BMC Cancer, 2018, vol. 18, p. 475

The calcium-binding protein calretinin (gene name: CALB2) is currently considered as the most sensitive and specific marker for the diagnosis of malignant mesothelioma (MM). MM is a very aggressive tumor strongly linked to asbestos exposure and with no existing cure so far. The mechanisms of calretinin regulation, as well as its distinct function in MM are still poorly understood.

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Absence of calretinin protein expression in malignant mesotheliomas from asbestos-exposed NF2+/− mice and mouse mesothelioma cell lines from various mouse strains

Blum, Walter ; Henzi, Thomas ; Châtel-Soulet, Hugues-Etienne ; Pecze, Laszlo ; Wörthmüller Rodriguez, Janine ; Vrugt, Bart ; Schwaller, Beat

In: Biomarker Research, 2018, vol. 6, no. 1, p. 19

Calretinin is the most widespread positive marker for the immunohistochemical identification of malignant mesothelioma (MM) and was proposed to serve as a blood- based biomarker. Functionally, evidence has accumulated that calretinin might be implicated in MM tumorigenesis. We aimed to identify calretinin (CR; Calb2) in murine MM and reactive mesothelial cells in granuloma from...

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Biological noise and positional effects influence cell stemness

Blum, Walter ; Henzi, Thomas ; Schwaller, Beat ; Pecze, László

In: Journal of Biological Chemistry, 2018, vol. 293, no. 14, p. 5247–5258

Biological (or cellular) noise is the random quantitative variability of proteins and other molecules in individual, genetically identical cells. As the result of biological noise in the levels of some transcription factors that determine a cell's differentiation status, differentiated cells may dedifferentiate to a stem cell state given a sufficiently long time period. Here, to provide...

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Overexpression or absence of calretinin in mouse primary mesothelial cells inversely affects proliferation and cell migration

Blum, Walter ; Pecze, László ; Felley-Bosc, Emanuela

In: Respiratory Research, 2015, vol. 16, p. 153

The Ca2+-binding protein calretinin is currently used as a positive marker for identifying epithelioid malignant mesothelioma (MM) and reactive mesothelium, but calretinin’s likely role in mesotheliomagenesis remains unclear. Calretinin protects immortalized mesothelial cells in vitro from asbestos-induced cytotoxicity and thus might be implicated in mesothelioma formation. To further...

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Stem cell factor-based identification and functional properties of in vitro-selected subpopulations of malignant mesothelioma cells

Blum, Walter ; Pecze, , László ; Felley-Bosco, Emanuela ; Wu, Licun ; Perrot, Marc de ; Schwaller, Beat

In: Stem Cell Reports, 2017, vol. 8, no. 4, p. 1005–1017

Malignant mesothelioma (MM) is an aggressive neoplasm characterized by a poor patient survival rate, because of rapid tumor recurrence following first-line therapy. Cancer stem cells (CSCs) are assumed to be responsible for initiating tumorigenesis and driving relapse after therapeutic interventions. CSC-enriched MM cell subpopulations were identified by an OCT4/SOX2 reporter approach and...

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Calretinin is essential for mesothelioma cell growth/survival in vitro: A potential new target for malignant mesothelioma therapy?

Blum, Walter ; Schwaller, Beat

In: International Journal of Cancer, 2013, p. –

Malignant mesothelioma (MM) are highly aggressive asbestos-related neoplasms, which show strong chemotherapy-resistance and there is no effective cure for MM so far. Calretinin (CR) is widely used as a diagnostic marker for epithelioid and mixed (biphasic) mesothelioma, but still little is known about CR's putative function(s) in tumorigenesis. CR protects against asbestos-induced acute...

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Inducible and reversible silencing of the Pvalb gene in mice: An in vitro and in vivo study

Filice, Federica ; Blum, Walter ; Lauber, Emanuel ; Schwaller, Beat

In: European Journal of Neuroscience, 2019, vol. 50, no. 4, p. 2694–2706

Inducible and reversible regulation of gene expression is a powerful approach for unraveling gene functions. Here, we describe the generation of a system to efficiently downregulate in a reversible and inducible manner the Pvalb gene coding for the calcium‐binding protein parvalbumin (PV) in mice. We made use of an IPTG‐inducible short hairpin RNA to activate Pvalb transcript knockdown...

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Parvalbumin-expressing ependymal cells in rostral lateral ventricle wall adhesions contribute to aging-related ventricle stenosis in mice

Filice, Federica ; Celio, Marco R. ; Babalian, Alexandre ; Blum, Walter ; Szabolcsi, Viktoria

In: Journal of Comparative Neurology, 2017, vol. 525, no. 15, p. 3266–3285

Aging-associated ependymal-cell pathologies can manifest as ventricular gliosis, ventricle enlargement, or ventricle stenosis. Ventricle stenosis and fusion of the lateral ventricle (LV) walls is associated with a massive decline of the proliferative capacities of the stem cell niche in the affected subventricular zone (SVZ) in aging mice. We examined the brains of adult C57BL/6 mice and...

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Parvalbumin expression in oligodendrocyte-like CG4 cells causes a reduction in mitochondrial volume, attenuation in reactive oxygen species production and a decrease in cell processes’ length and branching

Lichvarova, Lucia ; Blum, Walter ; Schwaller, Beat ; Szabolcsi, Viktoria

In: Scientific Reports, 2019, vol. 9, no. 1, p. 10603

Forebrain glial cells - ependymal cells and astrocytes -acquire upon injury- a “reactive” phenotype associated with parvalbumin (PV) upregulation. Since free radicals, e.g. reactive oxygen species (ROS) play a role in the pathogenesis of multiple sclerosis, and that PV-upregulation in glial cells is inversely correlated with the level of oxidative stress, we hypothesized that...