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Effect of dicarbonyl modification of fibronectin on retinal capillary pericytes

PURPOSE: To determine effects of alpha-dicarbonyl modification of an extracellular matrix protein on retinal capillary pericyte attachment and viability. METHODS: Primary cultures of bovine retinal pericytes (BRPs) were seeded on either normal...
Authors: Liu B, Bhat M, Padival AK, Smith DG and Nagaraj RH

RGS13 regulates germinal center B lymphocytes responsiveness to CXC chemokine ligand (CXCL)12 and CXCL13

Normal lymphoid tissue development and function depend upon directed cell migration. Providing guideposts for cell movement and positioning within lymphoid tissues, chemokines signal through cell surface receptors that couple to heterotrimeric G...
Authors: Shi GX, Harrison K, Wilson GL, Moratz C and Kehrl JH

Caspase-3 has a nonapoptotic function in erythroid maturation

Caspase-3 plays a central role in apoptosis. It is also activated in normal erythropoiesis, with its activity peaking early during development (erythroid colony-forming unit [CFU-E] stage). In the present study, we have reduced the expression and...
Authors: Carlile GW, Smith DH, Wiedmann M.

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...

Mutant small heat-shock protein 27 causes axonal Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease and distal hereditary motor neuropathy

Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease (CMT) is the most common inherited neuromuscular disease and is characterized by considerable clinical and genetic heterogeneity. We previously reported a Russian family with autosomal dominant axonal CMT and assigned the...
Authors: Evgrafov OV, Mersiyanova I, Irobi J, Van Den Bosch L, Dierick I, Leung CL, Schagina O, Verpoorten N,...

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

DNA end joining becomes less efficient and more error-prone during cellular senescence

Accumulation of somatic mutations is thought to contribute to the aging process. Genomic instability has been shown to increase during aging, suggesting an aberrant function of DNA double-strand break (DSB) repair. Surprisingly, DSB repair has not...
Authors: Seluanov A, Mittelman D, Pereira-Smith OM, Wilson JH and Gorbunova V

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

Blockade of Hsp27 overcomes bortezomib/proteasome inhibitor PS-341 resistance in lymphoma cells

Bortezomib (PS-341), a selective inhibitor of proteasome, induces apoptosis in various tumor cells, but its mechanism of action is unclear. Treatment with PS-341 induces apoptosis in SUDHL6 (DHL6), but not SUDHL4 (DHL4), lymphoma cells. Microarray...
Authors: Chauhan D, Li G, Shringarpure R, Podar K, Ohtake Y, Hideshima T and Anderson KC

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