1. RelA regulates CXCL1/CXCR2-dependent oncogene-induced senescence in murine Kras-driven pancreatic carcinogenesis.

    Journal of Clinical Investigation 126(8):2919 (2016) PMID 27454298 PMCID PMC4966329

    Tumor suppression that is mediated by oncogene-induced senescence (OIS) is considered to function as a safeguard during development of pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC). However, the mechanisms that regulate OIS in PDAC are poorly understood. Here, we have determined that nuclear RelA rein...
  2. Spontaneous Ca(2+) transients in interstitial cells of Cajal located within the deep muscular plexus of the murine small intestine.

    Journal of Physiology 594(12):3317 (2016) PMID 26824875 PMCID PMC4908028

    Interstitial cells of Cajal at the level of the deep muscular plexus (ICC-DMP) in the small intestine generate spontaneous Ca(2+) transients that consist of localized Ca(2+) events and limited propagating Ca(2+) waves. Ca(2+) transients in ICC-DMP display variable characteristics: from discrete,...
  3. Differentiation potential of individual olfactory c-Kit+ progenitors determined via multicolor lineage tracing.

    Developmental Neurobiology 76(3):241 (2016) PMID 26016700 PMCID PMC4662645

    Olfactory tissue undergoes lifelong renewal, due to the presence of basal neural stem cells. Multiple categories of globose basal stem cells have been identified, expressing markers such as Lgr5, Ascl1, GBC-2, and c-Kit. The differentiation potential of individual globose cells has remained uncl...
  4. Novel small molecules targeting ciliary transport of Smoothened and oncogenic Hedgehog pathway activation.

    Scientific reports 6:22540 (2016) PMID 26931153 PMCID PMC4773810

    Trafficking of the G protein-coupled receptor (GPCR) Smoothened (Smo) to the primary cilium (PC) is a potential target to inhibit oncogenic Hh pathway activation in a large number of tumors. One drawback is the appearance of Smo mutations that resist drug treatment, which is a common reason for ...
  5. Multiplexed pancreatic genome engineering and cancer induction by transfection-based CRISPR/Cas9 delivery in mice.

    Nature Communications 7:10770 (2016) PMID 26916719 PMCID PMC4773438

    Mouse transgenesis has provided fundamental insights into pancreatic cancer, but is limited by the long duration of allele/model generation. Here we show transfection-based multiplexed delivery of CRISPR/Cas9 to the pancreas of adult mice, allowing simultaneous editing of multiple gene sets in i...
  6. CRISPR/Cas9 somatic multiplex-mutagenesis for high-throughput functional cancer genomics in mice.

    PNAS 112(45):13982 (2015) PMID 26508638 PMCID PMC4653208

    Here, we show CRISPR/Cas9-based targeted somatic multiplex-mutagenesis and its application for high-throughput analysis of gene function in mice. Using hepatic single guide RNA (sgRNA) delivery, we targeted large gene sets to induce hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) and intrahepatic cholangiocarcin...
  7. cKit+ cardiac progenitors of neural crest origin.

    PNAS 112(42):13051 (2015) PMID 26438843 PMCID PMC4620867

    The degree to which cKit-expressing progenitors generate cardiomyocytes in the heart is controversial. Genetic fate-mapping studies suggest minimal contribution; however, whether or not minimal contribution reflects minimal cardiomyogenic capacity is unclear because the embryonic origin and role...
  8. Nitrergic signalling via interstitial cells of Cajal regulates motor activity in murine colon.

    Journal of Physiology 593(20):4589 (2015) PMID 26227063 PMCID PMC4606533

    In the enteric nervous systems, NO is released from nitrergic neurons as a major inhibitory neurotransmitter. NO acts via NO-sensitive guanylyl cyclase (NO-GC), which is found in different gastrointestinal (GI) cell types including smooth muscle cells (SMCs) and interstitial cells of Cajal (ICC)...
  9. A Synergistic Interaction between Chk1- and MK2 Inhibitors in KRAS-Mutant Cancer

    Cell 162(5):1169 (2015)

  10. Nociceptin effect on intestinal motility depends on opioid-receptor like-1 receptors and nitric oxide synthase co-localization.

    World Journal of Gastrointestinal Pharmacology ... 6(3):73 (2015) PMID 26261735 PMCID PMC4526842

    To study the effect of the opioid-receptor like-1 (ORL1) agonist nociceptin on gastrointestinal (GI) myenteric neurotransmission and motility. Reverse transcriptase - polymerase chain reaction and immunohistochemistry were used to localize nociceptin and ORL1 in mouse tissues. Intracellular elec...
  11. A Synergistic Interaction between Chk1- and MK2 Inhibitors in KRAS-Mutant Cancer.

    Cell 162(1):146 (2015) PMID 26140595

    KRAS is one of the most frequently mutated oncogenes in human cancer. Despite substantial efforts, no clinically applicable strategy has yet been developed to effectively treat KRAS-mutant tumors. Here, we perform a cell-line-based screen and identify strong synergistic interactions between cell...
  12. Viable pigs with a conditionally-activated oncogenic KRAS mutation.

    Transgenic Research 24(3):509 (2015) PMID 25716163

    Oncogenic mutations of KRAS play a major role in human carcinogenesis. Here we describe viable gene-targeted pigs carrying a latent KRAS (G12D) mutant allele that can be activated by Cre recombination. These have been produced as part of a program to model human cancers in pigs by replicating ge...
  13. 385 Conditional Genomic Deletion of Ano1 in Kit-Expressing Cells of Adult Mice Results in Loss of Slow Waves and Reduced Coordination of Ca2+ Transients in Myenteric Interstitial Cells of Cajal of the Small Intestine

    Gastroenterology 148(4):S (2015)

  14. 382 The Polycomb Histone Lysine Methyltransferase Ezh2 Reversibly Regulates the Fate of Interstitial Cells of Cajal (ICC) In Vivo

    Gastroenterology 148(4):S (2015)

  15. cKit Lineage Hemogenic Endothelium-Derived Cells Contribute to Mesenteric Lymphatic Vessels

    Cell Reports 10(10):1708 (2015)

    Pathological lymphatic diseases mostly affect vessels in specific tissues, yet little is known about organ-specific regulation of the lymphatic vasculature. Here, we show that the vascular endothelial growth factor receptor 3 (VEGFR-3)/p110α PI3-kinase signaling pathway is selectively ...
  16. New aspects in the pathomechanism and diagnosis of the laryngopharyngeal reflux-clinical impact of laryngeal proton pumps and pharyngeal pH metry in extraesophageal gastroesophageal reflux disease.

    World Journal of Gastroenterology 21(3):982 (2015) PMID 25624734 PMCID PMC4299353

    To determine the laryngeal H+K+-ATPase and pharyngeal pH in patients with laryngopharyngeal reflux (LPR)-symptoms as well as to assess the symptom scores during PPI therapy. Endoscopy was performed to exclude neoplasia and to collect biopsies from the posterior cricoid area (immunohistochemistry...
  17. Dominant role of interstitial cells of Cajal in nitrergic relaxation of murine lower oesophageal sphincter.

    Journal of Physiology 593(2):403 (2015) PMID 25630261 PMCID PMC4303385

    Oesophageal achalasia is a disease known to result from reduced relaxation of the lower oesophageal sphincter (LES). Nitric oxide (NO) is one of the main inhibitory transmitters. NO-sensitive guanylyl cyclase (NO-GC) acts as the key target of NO and, by the generation of cGMP, mediates nitrergic...
  18. Bursts of Bipolar Microsecond Pulses Inhibit Tumor Growth.

    Scientific reports 5:14999 (2015) PMID 26459930 PMCID PMC4602310

    Irreversible electroporation (IRE) is an emerging focal therapy which is demonstrating utility in the treatment of unresectable tumors where thermal ablation techniques are contraindicated. IRE uses ultra-short duration, high-intensity monopolar pulsed electric fields to permanently disrupt cell...
  19. Adult c-Kit(+) progenitor cells are necessary for maintenance and regeneration of olfactory neurons.

    Journal of Comparative Neurology 523(1):15 (2015) PMID 25044230 PMCID PMC4232589

    The olfactory epithelium houses chemosensory neurons, which transmit odor information from the nose to the brain. In adult mammals, the olfactory epithelium is a uniquely robust neuroproliferative zone, with the ability to replenish its neuronal and non-neuronal populations due to the presence o...
  20. A conditional piggyBac transposition system for genetic screening in mice identifies oncogenic networks in pancreatic cancer.

    Nature Genetics 47(1):47 (2015) PMID 25485836

    Here we describe a conditional piggyBac transposition system in mice and report the discovery of large sets of new cancer genes through a pancreatic insertional mutagenesis screen. We identify Foxp1 as an oncogenic transcription factor that drives pancreatic cancer invasion and spread in a mouse...