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Forced expression of the Fc Receptor gamma-chain renders human T cells hyperresponsive to TCR/CD3 stimulation

High level expression of Fc epsilon RI gamma chain replaces the deficient TCR zeta-chain and contributes to altered TCR/CD3-mediated signaling abnormalities in T cells of patients with systemic lupus erythematosus. Increased responsiveness to Ag has...
Authors: Nambiar MP, Fisher CU, Kumar A, Tsokos CG, Warke VG and Tsokos GC

Identification of PDZK4, a novel human gene with PDZ domains, that is upregulated in synovial sarcomas

In an earlier study designed to investigate molecular mechanisms of carcinogenesis in synovial sarcomas (SSs), we applied a cDNA microarray to detect human genes with significantly increased expression in SS cells. Among the genes selected in this...
Authors: Nagayama S, Iiizumi M, Katagiri T, Toguchida J and Nakamura Y

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

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

SMYD3 encodes a histone methyltransferase involved in the proliferation of cancer cells

Colorectal and hepatocellular carcinomas are some of the leading causes of cancer deaths worldwide, but the mechanisms that underly these malignancies are not fully understood. Here we report the identification of SMYD3, a gene that is over-expressed...
Authors: Hamamoto R, Furukawa Y, Morita M, Iimura Y, Silva FP, Li M, Yagyu R and Nakamura Y

NGF-induced axon growth is mediated by localized inactivation of GSK-3beta and functions of the microtubule plus end binding protein APC

Little is known about how nerve growth factor (NGF) signaling controls the regulated assembly of microtubules that underlies axon growth. Here we demonstrate that a tightly regulated and localized activation of phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase (PI3K) at...
Authors: Zhou FQ, Zhou J, Dedhar S, Wu YH and Snider WD

Src and Cas are essentially but differentially involved in angiotensin II-stimulated migration of vascular smooth muscle cells via extracellular signal-regulated kinase 1/2 and c-Jun NH2-terminal kinase activation

Angiotensin II (Ang II) plays an important role in several cardiovascular diseases associated with vascular smooth muscle cell (VSMC) growth and migration. Src activity is known to be required for the migration of a number of cell types. p130Cas was...
Authors: Kyaw M, Yoshizumi M, Tsuchiya K, Kagami S, Izawa Y, Fujita Y, Ali N, Kanematsu Y, Toida K, Ishimura...

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

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

Human mesenchymal stem cells as a gene delivery system to create cardiac pacemakers

We tested the ability of human mesenchymal stem cells (hMSCs) to deliver a biological pacemaker to the heart. hMSCs transfected with a cardiac pacemaker gene, mHCN2, by electroporation expressed high levels of Cs+-sensitive current (31.1+/-3.8 pA/pF...
Authors: Potapova I, Plotnikov A, Lu Z, Danilo P Jr, Valiunas V, Qu J, Doronin S, Zuckerman J, Shlapakova IN,...