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PURPOSE A previous study by the authors has shown that recombinant myocilin purified from a prokaryotic expression system increases outflow resistance in cultured human anterior segments. The present study was performed to determine whether full-length myocilin purified from a human trabecular meshwork cell expression system alters outflow resistance after(More)
The Hedgehog (HH) pathway has been identified as an important deregulated signal transduction pathway in pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC), a cancer type characterized by a highly metastatic phenotype. In PDAC, the canonical HH pathway activity is restricted to the stromal compartment while HH signaling in the tumor cells is reduced as a consequence(More)
The GP1G gene codes for three of the four abundant androgen-regulated secretory proteins produced by the guinea pig seminal vesicle. Sequencing of the entire 6.3-kilobase gene and comparison with other mammalian seminal vesicle secretory protein genes reveals a common three-exon, two-intron organization. However, significant sequence similarity between this(More)
TGF-β Inducible Early Gene-1 (TIEG1) is a Krüppel-like transcription factor (KLF10) that was originally cloned from human osteoblasts as an early response gene to TGF-β treatment. As reported previously, TIEG1(-/-) mice have decreased cortical bone thickness and vertebral bone volume and have increased spacing between the trabeculae in the femoral head(More)
The role of the epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EMT) during hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) progression is well established, however the regulatory mechanisms modulating this phenomenon remain unclear. Here, we demonstrate that transcription factor glioma-associated oncogene 1 (GLI1) modulates EMT through direct up-regulation of SNAI1 and serves as a(More)
PURPOSE To determine the concentration of myocilin in primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG) and pseudoexfoliation glaucoma (PEXG) aqueous humor. METHODS Aqueous humor was collected during surgery from patients with POAG, PEXG, and elective cataract removal (control). Volume-equivalent aqueous samples were separated on sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide(More)
The processing of secretory proteins in the guinea pig (GP) seminal vesicle epithelium (SVE) is altered by castration and restored by treatment of animals with androgens. To test the hypothesis that the changes in protein processing are due to changes in the activity of specific proteases, we examined the GPSVE for protease activities capable of cleaving a(More)
Myocilin forms high molecular weight complexes in vivo presumably due to interaction with itself and other myocilin binding proteins. To identify myocilin interacting proteins, yeast 2-hybrid analysis was performed on >1x10(6) human trabecular meshwork cDNA clones. Coimmunoprecipitation and Far Western analysis were also performed on cell lysates obtained(More)
PURPOSE Myocilin forms large complexes in aqueous humor. Part of this complex formation is due to myocilin-myocilin protein non-covalent interactions within the leucine zipper. However, additional covalent interactions also exist. We investigated the role of these covalent interactions in disulfide bond formation within myocilin. METHODS Human aqueous(More)
2-Methoxyestradiol (2ME(2)), a physiologic metabolite of 17beta-estradiol (estrogen), has emerged as a promising cancer therapy because of its potent growth-inhibitory and proapoptotic effects on both endothelial and tumor cells. 2ME(2) also suppresses osteoclast differentiation and induces apoptosis of mature osteoclasts, and has been shown to effectively(More)