In the initiation of translation in eukaryotes, binding of the small ribosomal subunit to the messenger RNA results from recognition of the 5' cap structure (m7GpppX) of the mRNA by the cap-binding complex eIF4F. eIF4F is itself a three-subunit complex comprising the cap-binding protein eIF4E, eIF4A, an ATP-dependent RNA helicase, and eIF4G, which interacts… (More)
The La autoantigen is an RNA-binding protein that is involved in initiation and termination of RNA polymerase III transcription. It also binds several viral RNAs, including those of poliovirus and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Binding of the La protein to these RNAs enhances their translation in vitro (K. Meerovitch, Y.V. Svitkin, H.S. Lee, F.… (More)
Mast cells play important roles in inflammation and immunity and express the high-affinity immunoglobulin E receptor (Fc epsilon RI) and the receptor protein-tyrosine kinase Kit. Aggregation of Fc epsilon RI via antigen binding elicits signals leading to the release of preformed inflammatory mediators as well as de novo-synthesized lipid mediators and… (More)
Transducer of Cdc42-dependent actin assembly-1 (Toca-1) recruits actin regulatory proteins to invadopodia, and promotes breast tumor metastasis. Since metastatic breast tumors frequently harbor mutations in the tumor suppressor p53, we tested whether p53 regulates Toca-1 expression. Normal mammary epithelial cells (HBL-100, MCF10A) and breast cancer cell… (More)
We analysed STAT5A gene expression in breast cancer using the Oncomine database. We exemplify four representative studies showing that STAT5A is generally downregulated in breast cancer.
Since the dawn of human civilization, stories of fierce family rivalries have captured our interest. While the outcomes are less severe than the classic tales of family feuds during Tudor reign in England, there is increasing evidence for family infighting within the Src family protein-tyrosine kinases (SFKs) in immunity and allergic diseases. In mast cells… (More)
Epidemiological and experimental evidence suggests that the interplay of environmental factors may be particularly relevant to the induction of cancer in man. We have investigated the possible interrelationships, at the level of DNA repair, of two chemically different hepatocarcinogens administered to rats. Animals were pretreated for several weeks by… (More)