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A critical event in ischemia-based cell death is the opening of the mitochondrial permeability transition pore (MPTP). However, the molecular identity of the components of the MPTP remains unknown. Here, we determined that the Bcl-2 family members Bax and Bak, which are central regulators of apoptotic cell death, are also required for mitochondrial(More)
Myeloid cells are a feature of most tissues. Here we show that during development, retinal myeloid cells (RMCs) produce Wnt ligands to regulate blood vessel branching. In the mouse retina, where angiogenesis occurs postnatally, somatic deletion in RMCs of the Wnt ligand transporter Wntless results in increased angiogenesis in the deeper layers. We also show(More)
After injury or cytokine stimulation, fibroblasts transdifferentiate into myofibroblasts, contractile cells that secrete extracellular matrix for wound healing and tissue remodeling. Here, a genome-wide screen identified TRPC6, a Ca(2+) channel necessary and sufficient for myofibroblast transformation. TRPC6 overexpression fully activated myofibroblast(More)
Spin-labeling and multifrequency EPR spectroscopy were used to probe the dynamic local structure of skeletal myosin in the region of force generation. Subfragment 1 (S1) of rabbit skeletal myosin was labeled with an iodoacetamide spin label at C707 (SH1). X- and W-band EPR spectra were recorded for the apo state and in the presence of ADP and nucleotide(More)
RATIONALE The Na+ / K+ ATPase (NKA) directly regulates intracellular Na+ levels, which in turn indirectly regulates Ca2+ levels by proximally controlling flux through the Na+ / Ca2+ exchanger (NCX1). Elevated Na+ levels have been reported during heart failure, which permits some degree of reverse-mode Ca2+ entry through NCX1, as well as less efficient Ca2+(More)
We present a structurally dynamic model for nucleotide- and actin-induced closure of the actin-binding cleft of myosin, based on site-directed spin labeling and electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) in Dictyostelium myosin II. The actin-binding cleft is a solvent-filled cavity that extends to the nucleotide-binding pocket and has been predicted to close(More)
Unregulated Ca(2+) entry is thought to underlie muscular dystrophy. Here, we generated skeletal-muscle-specific transgenic (TG) mice expressing the Na(+)-Ca(2+) exchanger 1 (NCX1) to model its identified augmentation during muscular dystrophy. The NCX1 transgene induced dystrophy-like disease in all hind-limb musculature, as well as exacerbated the muscle(More)
Stromal interaction molecule 1 (STIM1) is a Ca(2+) sensor that partners with Orai1 to elicit Ca(2+) entry in response to endoplasmic reticulum (ER) Ca(2+) store depletion. While store-operated Ca(2+) entry (SOCE) is important for maintaining ER Ca(2+) homeostasis in non-excitable cells, it is unclear what role it plays in the heart, although STIM1 is(More)
Muscular dystrophy (MD) refers to a clinically and genetically heterogeneous group of degenerative muscle disorders characterized by progressive muscle wasting and often premature death. Although the primary defect underlying most forms of MD typically results from a loss of sarcolemmal integrity, the secondary molecular mechanisms leading to muscle(More)
The Peanuts Movie presented a fantastic challenge for Blue Sky Studios: bring Charles Schulz's beloved and iconic characters into a 3D world while remaining faithful to the original comic's style and design. The characters' heads and faces posed unique problems that were difficult to solve with our existing technology. From tiny pinched mouths, to ear to(More)