Michael Haase

Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics, Dresden, Saxony, Germany

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    ABSTRACT: Mutations and polymorphisms in the RET gene are a major cause of Hirschsprung disease (HSCR). Theoretically, all true heterozygous patients with a new manifestation of a genetically determined disease must have parents with a genetic mosaicism of some extent. However no genetic mosaicism has been described for the RET gene in HSCR yet. Therefore, we analyzed families with mutations in the RET gene for genetic mosaicism in the parents of the patients. Blood samples were taken from patients with HSCR and their families/parents to sequence the RET coding region. Among 125 families with HSCR, 33 families with RET mutations were analyzed. In one family, we detected a frameshift mutation due to a loss of one in a row of four cytosines in codon 117/118 of the RET gene (c.352delC) leading to a frameshift mutation in the protein (p.Leu118Cysfs*105) that affected two siblings. In the blood sample of the asymptomatic father we found a genetic mosaicism of this mutation which was confirmed in two independent samples of saliva and hair roots. Quantification of the peak-heights and comparison with different mixtures of normal and mutated plasmid DNA suggested that the mutation occurred early in the morula stadium of the founder, between the 4- and 8-cell stages. We conclude that the presence of a RET mutation leading to loss of one functional allele in 20 to 25% of the cells is not sufficient to cause HSCR. The possibility of a mosaicism has to be kept in mind during genetic counseling for inherited diseases.
    Gene 03/2014; · 2.20 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Abstract Purpose: The objective of this study was to determine the dose-effect correlation of pneumopathy after application of Rhenium-188 microspheres (Re-188 MS) in an animal model using histological changes as an end-point. Methods and Materials: Wistar rats received an intravenous injection of Re-188 MS yielding doses that ranged from ∼2 to ∼55 Gy. Lungs were removed after ∼25 weeks and prepared for histology. Sections were evaluated using a semi-quantitative 5-tiered score. Dose groups of 10 Gy intervals were statistically analyzed using the Chi-square test with respect to grade and extent of connective tissue accumulation, thickness of vessel walls and accumulation of alveolar macrophages (AM). Results: There was a statistically significant increase in connective tissue content and extent in all dose groups compared to control lungs and at least between each other dose group. The steepest increase in connective tissue was at doses higher than 40 Gy. Starting from that dose, a statistically significant increase of AM accumulation and vessel wall thickness occurred. Conclusions: There was a clear dose-effect correlation between radiation dose and histological changes. These findings allow an estimation of potential normal tissue damage especially during tumor treatments of liver lesions with radioactive particles in patients with significant liver-to-lung shunts.
    International Journal of Radiation Biology 04/2013; · 1.90 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Nuclear factors of activated T cells (NFAT) are transcription factors that are central to cytokine production in activated T cells and regulate the development and differentiation of various tissues. NFATc2 is expressed in hematopoietic stem cells and regulated during myeloid commitment in a lineage-specific manner. The biological role of NFATc2 in hematopoiesis is, however, unclear. In the present study, we analyzed steady-state hematopoiesis in young (<3 months) and old (>12 months) mice lacking NFATc2. Complete blood counts were performed in the peripheral blood, bone marrow and spleen. Using cytological and histological analyses, the blood cell differential was determined. Colony-formation assays were used to determine the differentiation potential of hematopoietic cells. Bone cell cultures were derived from the bone marrow, and bone remodeling markers were determined in the serum. NFATc2(-/-) mice older than 12 months were anemic and thrombocytopenic. The bone marrows of these mice showed a markedly reduced number of hematopoietic cells, of which megakaryocytic and erythroid lineages were most affected. While the number of hematopoietic progenitor cells in NFATc2-deficent bone marrow was reduced, the myeloid differentiation potential of these cells remained intact. Aged NFATc2(-/-) mice showed ossification of their bone marrow space and developed extramedullary hematopoiesis in the spleen. Ex vivo differentiation assays revealed an intrinsic defect of NFATc2-deficient stromal cells, in which NFATc2(-/-) osteoblasts differentiated more efficiently than wild-type cells, whereas osteoclast differentiation was impaired. Our data suggest that NFATc2 may play a role in the maintenance of steady-state hematopoiesis and bone remodeling in adult organisms.
    Haematologica 07/2011; 96(11):1580-8. · 5.94 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: To determine the dose dependence and kinetics of pneumopathy after systemic administration of rhenium-188 ((188)Re)-labeled microspheres in a rat model. (188)Re-microspheres were injected intravenously into adult Wistar rats (n = 54, age, 8 ± 2 months). The rats were divided into 6 groups according to the intended absorbed dose in the lung (maximum 60 Gy). Gamma camera scans were used to estimate the individual whole lung doses. One control group (n = 5) received nonlabeled microspheres. The breathing rate was measured before and weekly after the treatment using whole body plethysmography until 24 weeks. An increase in the breathing rate by 20% compared with the individual pretreatment control value was defined as the quantal endpoint for dose-effect analyses. A biphasic increase in the breathing rate was observed. The first impairment of lung function occurred in Weeks 3-6. For late changes, the interval to onset was clearly dose dependent and was 17 weeks (10-30 Gy) and 10 weeks (50-60 Gy), respectively. The incidence of the response was highly dependent on the estimated lung dose. The median effective dose for an early and late response was virtually identical (19.9 ± 0.6 Gy and 20.4 ± 3.1 Gy, respectively). A significant correlation was found between the occurrence of an early and a late effect in the same rat, suggesting a strong consequential component. The effects of radiolabeled microspheres can be studied longitudinally in a rat model, using changes in the breathing rate as the functional, clinically relevant response. The isoeffective doses from the present study using radionuclide administration and those from published investigations of homogeneous external beam radiotherapy are almost similar.
    International journal of radiation oncology, biology, physics 06/2011; 81(2):529-36. · 4.59 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Rodent and human prominin-1 are expressed in numerous adult epithelia and somatic stem cells. A report has shown that human PROMININ-1 carrying the AC133 epitope can be used to identify rare prostate basal stem cells (Richardson et al., J Cell Sci 2004; 117:3539–3545). Here we re-investigated its general expression in male reproductive tract including mouse and human prostate and in prostate cancer samples using various anti-prominin-1 antibodies. The expression was monitored by immunohistochemistry and blotting. Murine tissues were stained with 13A4 monoclonal antibody (mAb) whereas human samples were examined either with the AC133 mAb recognizing the AC133 glycosylation-dependent epitope or 80B258 mAb directed against the PROMININ-1 polypeptide. Mouse prominin-1 was detected at the apical domain of epithelial cells of ductus deferens, seminal vesicles, ampullary glands, and all prostatic lobes. In human prostate, immunoreactivity for 80B258, but not AC133 was revealed at the apical side of some epithelial (luminal) cells, in addition to the minute population of AC133/80B258-positive cells found in basal compartment. Examination of prostate adenocarcinoma revealed the absence of 80B258 immunoreactivity in the tumor regions. However, it was found to be up-regulated in luminal cells in the vicinity of the cancer areas. Mouse prominin-1 is widely expressed in prostate whereas in human only some luminal cells express it, demonstrating nevertheless that its expression is not solely associated with basal stem cells. In pathological samples, our pilot evaluation shows that PROMININ-1 is down-regulated in the cancer tissues and up-regulated in inflammatory regions.
    The Prostate 02/2011; 71(3):254-67. · 3.84 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Tumor cell resistance to ionizing radiation and chemotherapy is a major obstacle in cancer therapy. One factor contributing to this is integrin-mediated adhesion to ECM. The adapter protein particularly interesting new cysteine-histidine-rich 1 (PINCH1) is recruited to integrin adhesion sites and promotes cell survival, but the mechanisms underlying this effect are not well understood. Here we have shown that PINCH1 is expressed at elevated levels in human tumors of diverse origins relative to normal tissue. Furthermore, PINCH1 promoted cell survival upon treatment with ionizing radiation in vitro and in vivo by perpetuating Akt1 phosphorylation and activity. Mechanistically, PINCH1 was found to directly bind to protein phosphatase 1alpha (PP1alpha) - an Akt1-regulating protein - and inhibit PP1alpha activity, resulting in increased Akt1 phosphorylation and enhanced radioresistance. Thus, our data suggest that targeting signaling molecules such as PINCH1 that function downstream of focal adhesions (the complexes that mediate tumor cell adhesion to ECM) may overcome radio- and chemoresistance, providing new therapeutic approaches for cancer.
    The Journal of clinical investigation 07/2010; 120(7):2516-27. · 15.39 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Prominin-1 (CD133) and its paralogue, prominin-2, are pentaspan membrane glycoproteins that are strongly expressed in the kidney where they have been originally cloned from. Previously, we have described the localization of prominin-1 in proximal tubules of the nephron. The spatial distribution of prominin-2, however, has not yet been documented in the kidney. We therefore examined the expression of this molecule along distinct tubular segments of the human and murine nephron using in situ hybridization and immunohistochemistry. Our findings indicated that human prominin-2 transcripts and protein were confined to distal tubules of the nephron including the thick ascending limb of Henle's loop and the distal convoluted tubule, the connecting duct and to the collecting duct system. Therein, this glycoprotein was enriched at the basolateral plasma membrane of the tubular epithelial cells with exception of the thick ascending limb where it was also found in the apical domain. This is in contrast with the exclusive apical localization of prominin-1 in epithelial cells of proximal nephron tubules. The distribution of murine prominin-2 transcripts was reminiscent of its human orthologue. In addition, a marked enrichment in the epithelium covering the papilla and in the urothelium of the renal pelvis was noted in mice. Finally, our biochemical analysis revealed that prominin-2 was released into the clinically healthy human urine as a constituent of small membrane vesicles. Collectively our data show the distribution and subcellular localization of prominin-2 within the kidney in situ and its release into the urine. Urinary detection of this protein might offer novel diagnostic approaches for studying renal diseases affecting distal segments of the nephron.
    Histochemie 03/2010; 133(5):527-39. · 2.61 Impact Factor
  • Bone 01/2010; 47. · 3.82 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Resistance of pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) to chemo- and radiotherapy is a major obstacle. The integral membrane protein Caveolin-1 (Cav-1) has been suggested as a potent target in human pancreatic carcinoma cells. Human pancreatic tumor cells were examined in a three-dimensional (3D) cell culture model with regard to clonogenic survival, apoptosis, radiogenic DNA-double strand breaks and protein expression and phosphorylation under siRNA-mediated knockdown of Cav-1 without and in combination with irradiation (X-rays, 0-6Gy). Immunohistochemistry was used to assess Cav-1 expression in biopsies from patients with PDAC. Tumor cells in PDAC showed significantly higher Cav-1 expression relative to tumor stroma. Cav-1 knockdown significantly reduced beta1 integrin expression and Akt phosphorylation, induced Caspase 3- and Caspase 8-dependent apoptosis and enhanced the radiosensitivity of 3D cell cultures. While cell cycling and Cav-1 promoter activity remained stable, Cav-1 knockdown-induced radiosensitization correlated with elevated numbers of residual DNA-double strand breaks. Our data strongly support the concept of Cav-1 as a potent target in pancreatic carcinoma cells due to radiosensitization and Cav-1 overexpression in tumor cells of PDAC. 3D cell cultures are powerful and useful tools for the testing of novel targeting strategies to optimize conventional radio- and chemotherapy regimes for PDAC.
    Radiotherapy and Oncology 09/2009; 92(3):362-70. · 4.52 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The quantitative distribution of bone-seeking radiopharmaceuticals in trabecular bone, cortical bone and in skeletal metastases is required for calculation of radiation-absorbed dose in radionuclide therapy. An animal model of intraosseous tumor cell administration was developed to simulate osteoblastic metastases for autoradiographic study of radionuclide localization. In 45 Copenhagen rats R3327-MATLyLu syngeneic prostate cancer cells were given intraosseously in both the femori. Rhenium-188-hydroxyethylidine diphosphonate (HEDP) was administered intravenously 17+/-1 days after cells instillation and these animals were euthanized at 4, 24 and 48 h after injection of the radiopharmaceutical. The uptake of radiopharmaceutical was estimated in normal skeleton and the bone metastases by means of region of interest analysis using autoradiography. The tumor to nontumor ratio and the fractional uptake in cortical bone and trabecular bone were quantified. The uptake of rhenium-188-HEDP in cortical bone was 33.5% and in trabecular bones was 66.5% after 4 h, 34.6 and 65.4% after 24 h, and 35.9 and 64.1% after 48 h, respectively. Assuming a theoretic cortical-trabecular distribution of 50-50%, (MIRDOSE) calculation, radiation-absorbed dose to bone marrow was underestimated by 26%. In bone metastases, an inhomogeneous distribution with a minimal and maximal tumor to nontumor ratio of 3 : 1 and 14 : 1 after 4 h, 5 : 1 and 14 : 1 after 24 h, and 5 : 1 and 16 : 1 after 48 h was observed. The MIRDOSE model underestimates the radiation-absorbed dose to the bone marrow because of demonstrable differences in the uptake of rhenium-188-HEDP in cortical and trabecular bone and inhomogeneous uptake in skeletal metastases.
    Nuclear Medicine Communications 07/2009; 30(9):693-9. · 1.38 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Selected transcript markers as well as their combinations were analyzed on minimal prostate tissue specimens with regard to their diagnostic potential. Artificial prostate biopsies from RPE explants were used for evaluation and optimization of the techniques used followed by application to diagnostic prostate needle core biopsies. Minimal prostate specimens were cryopreserved and processed with standardized methods. The RNA amount of a half of each biopsy was sufficient for the analysis of 11 marker genes and one reference gene (TBP) using quantitative PCR assays.The relative transcript amounts obtained were included in several analyses including calculations for each single marker gene like median overexpression rate as well as marker combinations. Two optimized mathematical models based on relative expression levels of EZH2, hepsin, PCA3, prostein, and TRPM8 were evaluated with regard to their diagnostic potential. Compared to single marker analyses these models show higher sensitivity and specificity for prostate cancer detection.Thus biomolecular prostate cancer identification may represent a suitable diagnostic tool to supplement conventional techniques on prostate biopsies. Furthermore, an extension of this approach to PCa prognosis and the transfer to urine samples appear very promising.
    Der Urologe 10/2008; 47(9):1208-11. · 0.46 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Although the male reproductive system seems to be enriched in transcripts encoding for both Prominin genes, little is known about their spatial distribution in distinct segments of this organ system. This is especially true for the less-characterized second Prominin paralogue, Prominin-2. The present study, therefore, mainly examines the expression of Prominin-2 in male mice and reveals the existence of some crucial differences in the tissue compartmentalization of the two Prominin paralogues in the testis, epididymis, seminal vesicle, prostate and urinary bladder. Our in situ hybridization analysis demonstrates that the major domains of overlapping expression between the two Prominin genes are those compartments that are derived ontogenetically from the epigonadal mesonephric tubules, i.e. ductuli efferentes, or from the Wolffian-tube/ductus mesonephricus, for instance the corpus epididymidis and vesicula seminalis. In contrast, the sinus urogenitalis derivative urinary bladder epithelium expresses exclusively Prominin-2, but not Prominin-1 (CD133). The testis expresses only Prominin-1, not Prominin-2. In human prostate, we finally demonstrate that the expression of Prominin-2 (transcript and protein) is highly enriched in cells located in the basal compartment of the glandular epithelium where only a minute population was recently reported to be Prominin-1 positive. Taken together our data indicate that, except for the gonad, Prominin-2 is widely and abundantly expressed along the epithelia of various segments of the adult male genitourinary tract.
    Histochemie 07/2008; 130(4):749-59. · 2.61 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Integrin-linked kinase (ILK), a mediator of beta integrin signals, has emerged as a therapeutic target in malignant tumors. Because malignant transformation is accompanied by dedifferentiation, ILK expression was evaluated in diverse normal and tumor tissue samples with regard to tissue differentiation. In single sections and in a tissue microarray (323 tumor tissues, 181 normal tissues), immunohistochemistry was performed [ILK, Akt, phospho-Akt-S473, loricrin, transforming growth factor beta2 (TGFbeta2)], and staining intensities were semiquantitatively scored. Increased ILK expression was clearly associated with increased differentiation in normal gastrointestinal, neural, bone marrow, renal tissue, and in more differentiated areas of malignant tumors. ILK colocalized with its putative downstream target Akt and with loricrin or TGFbeta2. Our findings clearly show that elevated levels of ILK are associated with cellular differentiation in high turnover tissues but not generally with a malignant phenotype. Our study indicates that ILK is not a general molecular target for cancer therapy but rather an indicator of differentiation. This manuscript contains online supplemental material at http://www.jhc.org. Please visit this article online to view these materials.
    Journal of Histochemistry and Cytochemistry 06/2008; 56(9):819-29. · 2.26 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Radiation-induced lung damage comprises inflammation (alveolitis) as well as disturbed regulation of cell differentiation and proliferation (fibrosis). The transcriptional regulation of this process is poorly understood. One key transcription factor involved in the regulation of proliferation and differentiation is AP1 (activator protein 1). The present study examined changes in the DNA-binding activity of AP1 after irradiation and defined the underlying molecular mechanisms in an animal model. The right lungs of Fischer rats received a single radiation dose of 20 Gy. Lung tissue was tested for AP1 DNA-binding activity, AP1 mRNA, and levels of AP1 proteins as well as for c-Jun specific proteolytic activity. After an initial increase, the AP1 DNA-binding activity was completely lost starting at 5.5 weeks after irradiation, which is 2.5 weeks before the onset of fibrosing alveolitis. This was not caused by reduction of mRNA levels or size. Instead, a selective nuclear cleavage of c-Jun by a serine protease caused the loss of AP1 activity. Considering the central role of AP1 in cell proliferation and differentiation and the strict timely correlation to the onset of the disease, the complete loss of AP1 function is likely to play a critical role in radiation-induced fibrosing alveolitis.
    Radiation Research 06/2008; 169(5):531-42. · 2.70 Impact Factor
  • Journal of Urology - J UROL. 01/2008; 179(4):604-605.
  • Rofo-fortschritte Auf Dem Gebiet Der Rontgenstrahlen Und Der Bildgebenden Verfahren - ROFO-FORTSCHR RONTGENSTRAHL. 01/2008; 180(09).
  • European Urology Supplements - EUR UROL SUPPL. 01/2008; 7(3):141-141.
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    ABSTRACT: Zusammenfassung Ausgewählte Markergene sowie deren Kombinationen wurden an verschiedenen minimalen Prostatagewebeproben hinsichtlich ihres diagnostischen Potenzials analysiert. Als Modellsystem zur Evaluierung und Optimierung dienten zunächst artifizielle Prostatabiopsien aus Präparaten von radikalen Prostatektomien (RPE). Anschließend erfolgte die Übertragung der Methoden auf Feinnadelbiopsien, welche routinemäßig zum histopathologischen Prostatakarzinomnachweis entnommen werden. Die Prostatabiopsien wurden nach standardisierten Methoden kryokonserviert und aufgearbeitet. Die RNA-Mengen, die aus je einer Biopsiehälfte gewonnen werden konnten, waren ausreichend, um 11 Markergene und ein Referenzgen (TBP) mittels quantitativer PCR bestimmen zu können. Zur Berechnung der Überexpression der Markergene in tumorhaltigen verglichen mit tumorfreien Prostatabiopsien dienten die relativen Transkriptmengen. Neben der Auswertung als Einzelmarker wurden die relativen Transkriptmengen auch in Markerkombinationen analysiert. Zwei optimierte mathematische Genmodelle auf der Basis der relativen Transkriptmengen von EZH2, Hepsin, PCA3, Prostein und TRPM8 wurden auf ihre Eignung zur Prostatakarzinomvorhersage an minimalen Gewebeproben evaluiert. Im Gegensatz zur Einzelmarkeranalyse zeigten diese Modelle eine deutlich höhere Sensitivität und Spezifität für die Prostatakarzinomvorhersage. Die hier etablierte Methodik erlaubt die Analyse prostatakarzinomassoziierter Markergene an minimalen Gewebemengen und könnte eine Ergänzung zur herkömmlichen Diagnostik von Prostatabiopsien darstellen. Die Untersuchung weiterer Markergenmodelle, auch in Hinblick auf eine Prognosevorhersage, sowie die Übertragung auf Urinproben sind Gegenstand weiterer Untersuchungen.
    Urologe A. 01/2008; 47(9):1208-1211.
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    ABSTRACT: Fibrosing alveolitis is a disease with inflammatory, proliferative, and fibrotic components. In different models, it has been shown that the cytokine interleukin-10 (IL-10) plays a conflicting role in inflammation-associated fibrotic processes, inasmuch as it is an anti-inflammatory cytokine but also a TH2 cytokine with inherent pro-fibrotic effects. IL-10 is produced primarily by inflammatory cells. In this report, we show in a rat model of radiation-induced fibrosing alveolitis that IL-10 is also produced by type I alveolar epithelial cells in both normal and fibrotic lungs. The total amount of IL-10 in the lung is increased after irradiation, but type I pneumoyctes contain less IL-10. The R3/1 permanent type I pneumocyte cell line also contains IL-10, which is reduced after irradiation. Whereas in the normal lung, the entire alveolar surface is covered by IL-10-producing pneumocytes, this continuity is interrupted in fibrotic lungs, because type I pneumocytes lack full differentiation and thus full spreading over the alveolar surface. The exposure of the IL-10-negative epithelial basal membrane may allow for an easier attachment of inflammatory cells such as alveolar macrophages. These cells have the potential to act in a pro-inflammatory way by tumor necrosis factor alpha and also in a pro-fibrotic way by activating TH2 cytokines.
    Journal of Histochemistry and Cytochemistry 12/2007; 55(11):1167-72. · 2.26 Impact Factor
  • Der Urologe 10/2007; 46(9):1088-9. · 0.46 Impact Factor

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742 Citations
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  • 2011
    • Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics
      Dresden, Saxony, Germany
  • 1996–2010
    • Technische Universität Dresden
      • • Center for Regenerative Therapies Dresden
      • • Medizinische Fakultät Carl Gustav Carus
      • • Institute and Outpatient Clinics of Urology
      • • Institut für Pathologie
      Dresden, Saxony, Germany
  • 2007
    • Universitätsklinikum Dresden
      • Klinik und Poliklinik für Urologie
      Dresden, Saxony, Germany
  • 1993
    • Carl Gustav Carus-Institut
      Pforzheim, Baden-Württemberg, Germany