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Mammalian PAR-1 determines epithelial lumen polarity by organizing the microtubule cytoskeleton

Epithelial differentiation involves the generation of luminal surfaces and of a noncentrosomal microtubule (MT) network aligned along the polarity axis. Columnar epithelia (e.g., kidney, intestine, and Madin-Darby canine kidney [MDCK] cells) generate...
Authors: Cohen D, Brennwald PJ, Rodriguez-Boulan E and Musch A

Targeting combinatorial transcriptional complex assembly at specific modules within the interleukin-2 promoter by immunosuppressant SB203580

The proximal promoter sequence of the interleukin-2 (IL-2) gene contains a series of composite sites or modules that controls much of its responsiveness to environmental stimuli. The integrated targeting of these modules is therefore a major mode of...
Authors: Smith JL, Collins I, Chandramouli GVR, Butscher WG, Zaitseva E, Freebern WJ, Haggerty CM, Doseeva V...

Identification of an angiogenic factor that when mutated causes susceptibility to Klippel-Trenaunay syndrome

Angiogenic factors are critical to the initiation of angiogenesis and maintenance of the vascular network. Here we use human genetics as an approach to identify an angiogenic factor, VG5Q, and further define two genetic defects of VG5Q in patients...
Authors: Tian XL, Kadaba R, You SA, Liu M, Timur AA, Yang L, Chen Q, Szafranski P, Rao S, Wu L, Housman DE,...

The cyclic adenosine 5' monophosphate response element modulator supresses IL-2 production in stimulated T cells by a chromatin-dependent mechanism

The production of IL-2 is tightly controlled by several transcription factors that bind to the IL-2 promoter. The cAMP response element modulator (CREM) is known to form complexes with CREB and bind to the -180 site of the IL-2 promoter in anergic...
Authors: Tenbrock K, Juang YT, Tolnay M and Tsokos GC

ERM proteins regulate cytoskeleton relaxation promoting T cell-APC conjugation

During activation, T cells associate with antigen-presenting cells, a dynamic process that involves the formation of a broad area of intimate membrane contact known as the immunological synapse. The molecular intermediates that link initial antigen...
Authors: Faure S, Salazar-Fontana LI, Semichon M, Tybulewicz VL, Bismuth G, Trautmann A, Germain RN and Delon...

NF-kappaB regulates the expression of human complement receptor 2 gene

CR2 is a key regulator of the B cell response to Ag. Here we show that NF-kappaB enhances the expression of the human CR2 gene. Promoter truncation, deletion, and mutagenesis studies indicated a functional role for a consensus NF-kappaB promoter...
Authors: Tolnay M, Vereshchagina LA and Tsokos GC

B-Myb-Dependent Regulation of c-Myc Expression by Cytosolic Phospholipase A2

Cytosolic phospholipase A(2) (cPLA(2)) cleaves membrane phospholipids to release arachidonic acid, initiating lipoxygenase and cyclooxygenase pathways. Mice lacking a gene for cPLA(2) suggested important roles of the protein in allergic responses,...
Authors: Tashiro S, Sumi T, Uozumi N, Shimizu T and Nakamura T

Wnt-5a inhibits the canonical Wnt pathway by promoting GSK-3-independent-catenin degradation

Wnts are secreted signaling molecules that can transduce their signals through several different pathways. Wnt-5a is considered a noncanonical Wnt as it does not signal by stabilizing beta-catenin in many biological systems. We have uncovered a new...
Authors: Topol L, Jiang X, Choi H, Garrett-Beal L, Carolan PJ and Yang Y

The Kaposi's sarcoma-associated herpesvirus (KSHV/HHV-8) K1 protein induces expression of angiogenic and invasion factors

Kaposi's sarcoma-associated herpesvirus (KSHV/HHV-8) has been linked to Kaposi's sarcoma, primary effusion lymphoma, and multicentric Castleman's disease. In addition to endothelial cells and B lymphocytes, KSHV also has been shown to infect...
Authors: Wang L, Wakisaka N, Tomlinson CC, DeWire SM, Krall S, Pagano JS and Damania B

Rapid and highly efficient gene transfer into natural killer cells by nucleofection

Natural killer (NK) cells are important mediators of virus- and tumor-specific immune responses. The transfection of genes into NK cells has been proven difficult and so far requires infection with virus-based vectors. Here, the application of a...
Authors: Trompeter HI, Weinhold S, Thiel C, Wernet P and Uhrberg M
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