Alexander Babich

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Activation of T cells by antigen-presenting cells involves assembly of signaling molecules into dynamic microclusters (MCs) within a specialized membrane domain termed the immunological synapse (IS). Actin and myosin IIA localize to the IS, and depletion of F-actin abrogates MC movement and T cell activation. However, the mechanisms that coordinate(More)
Integrin-dependent interactions between T cells and antigen-presenting cells are vital for proper T cell activation, effector function, and memory. Regulation of integrin function occurs via conformational change, which modulates ligand affinity, and receptor clustering, which modulates valency. Here, we show that conformational intermediates of leukocyte(More)
H5ts125, a temperature-sensitive mutant of adenovirus type 5, is restricted to the early phase of infection when grown at the nonpermissive temperature. One phenotype of the virus is the overproduction of early viral mRNA at the nonpermissive temperature relative to levels found in wild-type-infected cells, although normal levels are found at the permissive(More)
The 4-arsono-2-nitrophenyl chromophore can serve as a versatile spectrophotometric probe of the surface structure of proteins. Values of pK1' and pK2' for the arsonic acid ionizations are near 3 and 8, respectively, and the presence of nearby positive and negative charges produces substantial alterations in the spectral response of the probe. Changes in the(More)
The Ras GTPase-activating-like protein IQGAP1 is a multimodular scaffold that controls signaling and cytoskeletal regulation in fibroblasts and epithelial cells. However, the functional role of IQGAP1 in T cell development, activation, and cytoskeletal regulation has not been investigated. In this study, we show that IQGAP1 is dispensable for thymocyte(More)
Ca(2+) mobilization and cytoskeletal reorganization are key hallmarks of T-cell activation, and their interdependence has long been recognized. Recent advances in the field have elucidated the molecular pathways that underlie these events and have revealed several points of intersection. Ca(2+) signaling can be divided into two phases: initial events(More)