Anthony Saulewicz

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Human diploid fibroblasts (HDF) rarely, if ever, undergo spontaneous transformation to an immortalized cell type. Here we report the immortalization of an HDF cell line following transduction with cyclin A2 or cdk1 human genes via retroviral vectors. Fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) studies using the retroviral vector as a probe indicate that these(More)
Gingival overgrowth is a common side-effect of the administration of cyclosporin A (CSA), phenytoin, and calcium blockers. To identify the signaling mechanisms possibly involved in the overgrowth, we examined how CSA affects the activities of MAP kinases and transcription factors in human gingival fibroblasts (HGF). The HGF were treated with CSA and(More)
We have investigated the capacity of a murine cell line with a temperature-sensitive (ts) mutation in the DNA polymerase alpha (Pola) locus and a series of ts non-Pola mutant cell lines from separate complementation groups to stimulate DNA synthesis, in senescent fibroblast nuclei in heterokaryons. In the Pola mutant x senescent heterodikaryons, both human(More)
DNA polymerase alpha activity was determined following serum stimulation of early and late passages of human diploid fibroblast-like (HDFL) cultures derived from apparently normal donors (two strains) and from a patient with Werner's syndrome (one strain). Induction of this enzyme was observed in both low passage, actively proliferating cultures and in(More)
We have previously reported that the DNA polymerase alpha activity/unit cellular protein is decreased in late-passage (senescent) human diploid fibroblast-like (HDFL) cultures due to the cellular enlargement associated with in vitro aging. In the studies described here, we have used cell fusion technology to investigate the formal kinetic relationship(More)
The specific activity of DNA polymerase (90% alpha) was determined in nine "neoplastoid" cell lines (Martin and Sprague, 1973) and in three different strains of HDF (human diploid fibroblast-like cells), all examined in logarithmic phases of growth. This was compared to the ability of each cell type to "rescue" (reinitiate DNA synthesis in) senescent HDF(More)
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