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ERK 1/2 and JNKs-dependent synthesis of IL-6 and IL-8 by fibroblast-like synoviocytes stimulated with protein I/II, a modulin from oral streptococci, requires FAK

Protein I/II, a pathogen-associated molecular pattern from oral streptococci, is a potent inducer of interleukin-6 (IL-6) and IL-8 synthesis and release from fibroblast-like synoviocytes (FLSs), cells that are critically involved in joint...
Authors: Neff L, Zeisel M, Druet V, Takeda K, Klein JP, Sibilia J and Wachsmann D

Rapid and efficient electroporation-based gene transfer into primary dissociated neurons

Non-viral gene transfer into neurons has proved to be a formidable task. Here, we describe an electroporation-based method that allows efficient and reliable DNA transfer into dissociated neural cells before they are plated and cultured. In...
Authors: Dityateva G, Hammond M, Thiel C, Ruonala MO, Delling M, Siebenkotten G, Nix M and Dityatev A
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Epstein-Barr virus LMP1 blocks p16INK4a-RB pathway by promoting nuclear export of E2F4/5

The p16INK4a-RB pathway plays a critical role in preventing inappropriate cell proliferation and is often targeted by viral oncoproteins during immortalization. Latent membrane protein 1 (LMP1) of Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) is often present in...
Authors: Ohtani N, Brennan P, Gaubatz S, Sanij E, Hertzog P, Wolvetang E, Ghysdael J, Rowe M and Hara E

Downregulation of TGFbeta isoforms and their receptors contributes to keratinocyte hyperproliferation in psoriasis vulgaris

BACKGROUND: Psoriasis vulgaris is a chronic inflammatory disorder characterized by epidermal hyperproliferation. Transforming growth factor beta (TGFbetas) have a major antiproliferative action in epidermis. OBJECTIVE: We evaluated the distribution...
Authors: Doi H, Shibata MA, Kiyokane K and Otsuki Y

A serine protease inhibitor prevents endoplasmic reticulum stress-induced cleavage but not transport of the membrane-bound transcription factor ATF6

Mammalian cells express several transcription factors embedded in the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) as transmembrane proteins that are activated by proteolysis, and two types of these proteins have been extensively investigated. One type comprises the...
Authors: Okada T, Haze K, Nadanaka S, Yoshida H, Seidah NG, Hirano Y, Sato R, Negishi M and Mori K

Focal adhesion kinase signaling promotes phagocytosis of integrin-bound photoreceptors

Daily alphavbeta5 integrin-dependent phagocytosis of spent photoreceptor outer segment fragments by the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) is critical for retinal function. This study identifies a key role for focal adhesion kinase (FAK) in RPE...
Authors: Finnemann SC

Inhibition of constitutive NF-kappaB activation in mantle cell lymphoma B cell lead to induction of cell cycle arrest and apoptosis

Constitutive activation of the NF-kappaB has been documented to be involved in the pathogenesis of many human malignancies, including hemopoietic neoplasms. In this study, we examined the status of NF-kappaB in two non-Hodgkin's lymphoma cell lines...
Authors: Pham LV, Tamayo AT, Yoshimura LC, Lo P and Ford RJ

Activation of resting human primary T cells with chimeric receptors: costimulation from CD28, inducible costimulator, CD134, and CD137 in series with signals from the TCRzeta chain

Chimeric receptors that include CD28 signaling in series with TCRzeta in the same receptor have been demonstrated to activate prestimulated human primary T cells more efficiently than a receptor providing TCRzeta signaling alone. We examined whether...
Authors: Finney HM, Akbar AN and Lawson ADG

Involvement of Crm 1 in hepatitis B virus X protein-induced aberrant centriole replication and abnormal mitotic spindles

Hepatitis B virus (HBV) includes an X gene (HBx gene) that plays a critical role in liver carcinogenesis. Because centrosome abnormalities are associated with genomic instability in most human cancer cells, we examined the effect of HBx on...
Authors: Forgues M, Difilippantonio MJ, Linke SP, Ried T, Nagashima K, Feden, J, Valerie K, Fukasawa K and...

The immunosuppressant rapamycin represses human immunodeficiency virus type 1 replication

The immunosuppressive macrolide rapamycin is used in humans to prevent graft rejection. This drug acts by selectively repressing the translation of proteins that are encoded by an mRNA bearing a 5'-polypyrimidine tract (e.g., ribosomal proteins,...
Authors: Roy J, Paquette JS, Fortin JF and Tremblay MJ
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