Andrea Milenkovic

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In response to cell swelling, volume-regulated anion channels (VRACs) participate in a process known as regulatory volume decrease (RVD). Only recently, first insight into the molecular identity of mammalian VRACs was obtained by the discovery of the leucine-rich repeats containing 8A (LRRC8A) gene. Here, we show that bestrophin 1 (BEST1) but not LRRC8A is(More)
Induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC)-derived retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) has widely been appreciated as a promising tool to model human ocular disease emanating from primary RPE pathology. Here, we describe the successful reprogramming of adult human dermal fibroblasts to iPSCs and their differentiation to pure expandable RPE cells with structural and(More)
Glycopeptides were isolated from the cell surfaces of mouse brain cortical tissue that inhibited both cell division and protein synthesis by cells in culture. The protein-synthesis inhibition appeared to affect most cells exposed and was equally effective against glycoprotein and protein synthesis. The inhibition of protein metabolism was independent of(More)
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of blindness among white caucasians over the age of 50 years with a prevalence rate expected to increase markedly with an anticipated increase in the life span of the world population. To further expand our knowledge of the genetic architecture of the disease, we pursued a candidate gene approach(More)
The presence of 1.0mm-dibutyryl cyclic AMP (N(6),O(2')-dibutyryladenosine 3':5'-cyclic monophosphate) and 1.5mm-theophylline completely inhibits the growth of mouse neuroblastoma N2a cells by 24-36h. When compared with N2a cultures without inhibitors (controls), the proportion of cells in S phase, measured by radioautography with [(3)H]-thymidine, was(More)
Two inhibitors of glycosylation, glucosamine and tunicamycin, were utilized to examine the effect of glycosylation inhibition in mouse neuroblastoma N18 cells on the degradation of membrane glycoproteins synthesized before addition of the inhibitor. Treatment with 10 mM-glucosamine resulted in inhibition of glycosylation after 2h, as measured by [3H]fucose(More)
The glycoprotein (G) of vesicular stomatitis virus (VSV) was radiolabelled, extracted and purified so that its potential interaction with host cell surfaces could be studied. When BHK-21 cells were incubated with the radiolabelled virus glycoprotein, the virus component rapidly attached to the cell surface. The attachment was shown to be(More)
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