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Mesenchymal-epithelial interactions in the skin: increased expression of dickkopf1 by palmoplantar fibroblasts inhibits melanocyte growth and differentiation

We investigated whether or not the topographic regulation of melanocyte differentiation is determined by mesenchymal-epithelial interactions via fibroblast-derived factors. The melanocyte density in palmoplantar human skin (i.e., skin on the palms...
Authors: Yamaguchi Y, Itami S, Watabe H, Yasumoto K, Abdel-Malek ZA, Kubo T, Rouzaud F, Tanemura A, Yoshikawa...

Fas-associated Factor 1, FAF1, is a member of fas death-inducing signaling complex

FAF1 has been introduced as a Fas-binding protein. However, the function of FAF1 in apoptotic execution is not established. Based on the fact that FAF1 is a Fas-binding protein, we asked if FAF1 interacted with other members of the Fas-death-inducing...
Authors: Ryu SW, Lee SJ, Park MY, Jun JI, Jung YK and Kim E

Human dendritic cells genetically engineered to express cytosolically retained fragment of prostate-specific membrane antigen prime cytotoxic T-cell responses to multiple epitopes

The ability of two plasmid DNA vaccines to stimulate lymphocytes from normal human donors and to generate antigen-specific responses is demonstrated. The first vaccine (truncated; tPSMA) encodes for only the extracellular domain of prostate-specific...
Authors: Mincheff M, Zoubak S, Altankova I, Tchakarov S, Makogonenko Y, Botev C, Ignatova I, Dimitrov R,...

Endothelial cells stimulate T cell NFAT nuclear translocation in the presence of cyclosporin A: involvement of the wnt/glycogen synthase kinase-3beta pathway

T cells resistant to the immunosuppressive drug cyclosporin A (CsA) may be important mediators of chronic graft rejection. We previously reported that T cells activated in the presence of endothelial cells (EC) develop resistance to CsA, and initiate...
Authors: Salazar Murphy LL and Hughes CCW

CD28 engagement promotes actin polymerization through the activation of the small Rho GTPase Cdc42 in human T cells

Engagement of the costimulatory molecule CD28 is an important step in the optimal activation of T cells. Nevertheless, the specific role of CD28 in the formation of the immunological synapse and cytoskeletal changes that occur upon TCR/CD3 complex...
Authors: Salazar-Fontana LI, Barr V, Samelson LE and Bierer BE

c-Myc degradation induced by DNA damage results in apoptosis of CHO cells

Although tripchlorolide (TC), a compound purified from a Chinese herb Tripterygium Wilfordii Hook, has been demonstrated to be a potent antitumor agent, its mechanisms of action are unknown. The present study shows that TC induces apoptosis of...
Authors: Jiang MR, Li YC, Yang Y and Wu JR

Crucial role of DNA methylation in determination of clonally distributed killer cell Ig-like receptor expression patterns in NK cells

Human NK cells are characterized by the expression of surface receptors of the killer cell Ig-like receptor (KIR) family, which are involved in the specific recognition of pathogenic target cells. Each NK cell expresses and maintains an individual...
Authors: Santourlidis S, Trompeter HI, Weinhold S, Eisermann, Meyer KL, Wernet P and Uhrberg M

Dynamic redistribution of raft domains as an organizing platform for signaling during cell chemotaxis

Spatially restricted activation of signaling molecules governs critical aspects of cell migration; the mechanism by which this is achieved nonetheless remains unknown. Using time-lapse confocal microscopy, we analyzed dynamic redistribution of lipid...
Authors: Gomez-Mouton C, Lacalle RA, Mira E, Jimenez-Baranda S, Barber DF, Carrera AC, Martinez-A. C and...

T1alpha/podoplanin deficiency disrupts normal lymphatic vasculature formation and causes lymphedema

Within the vascular system, the mucin-type transmembrane glycoprotein T1alpha/podoplanin is predominantly expressed by lymphatic endothelium, and recent studies have shown that it is regulated by the lymphatic-specific homeobox gene Prox1. In this...
Authors: Schacht V, Ramirez MI, Hong YK, Hirakawa S, Feng D, Harvey N, Williams M, Dvorak AM, Dvorak HF,...

The phosphatidylinositol phosphatase PTEN is under control of costimulation and regulates proliferation in human T cells

The phosphatidylinositol phosphatase gene PTEN is a dual specific phosphatase acting on phospho amino acids but also on three phosphorylated inositol phospholipids. Present results demonstrate that PTEN is inducible by costimulatory signals in human...
Authors: Schmidt-Weber CB, Wohlfahrt JG, Akdis CA and Blaser K
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