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The contribution of the mRNA cap-binding protein, eIF-4E, to malignant transformation and progression has been illuminated over the past decade. eIF-4E overexpression has been demonstrated in human tumors of the breast, head and neck, colon, prostate, bladder, cervix and lung, and has been related to disease progression. Overexpression of eIF-4E in(More)
The gene Tousled of Arabidopsis Thaliana encodes a protein kinase which, when mutated, results in abnormal flower development. From a library of mRNAs that are translationally upregulated by overexpression of the translation initiation factor 4E, we identified a mammalian Tousled Like kinase (TLK1B). The human TLK1B mRNA contains a 5'UTR 1088-nt-long with(More)
The translation initiation factor eIF4E is a novel protooncogene found over expressed in most breast carcinomas (Kerekatte et al., 1995), but the pathology where this elevation is initially manifested and its possible role in cancer progression are unknown. We report that eIF4E is markedly increased in vascularized malignant ductules of invasive carcinomas,(More)
A central issue in the study of neoplastic transformation is to understand how proto-oncogene products deregulate normal processes of cell growth and differentiation: an intrinsic aspect of this is to probe the sequence of events leading to altered expression of proto-oncogenes. In the past few years, studies aimed at understanding the regulation and(More)
PURPOSE Complete excision of cancer is guided by histologic assessment of surgical margins. Molecular markers may be more sensitive in identifying malignant cells. eIF4E, a eukaryotic protein synthesis initiation factor, is found elevated in all head and neck squamous cell cancers (HNSCC). In a preliminary study using Western blots and a retrospective study(More)
Head and neck squamous cell cancers (HNSCC) have a high local recurrence rate due to incomplete tumor resection. The use of molecular markers to establish surgical margins may decrease local recurrence. Surgical margins are determined by histopathologic analysis on frozen sections. We postulate that genetic and molecular changes precede gross histologic(More)
Angiogenesis is the formation of new blood vessels from the existing vasculature. Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) is an endothelium-specific angiogenic factor strongly implicated in pathological angiogenesis. In this study, the mRNA and protein expression of the four alternatively spliced VEGF isoforms (121, 165, 189 and 206 amino acids) were(More)
OBJECTIVE The translation initiation factor eIF4E is elevated in all head and neck squamous cell cancers (HNSCCs) and appears to be essential in the progression of solid tumors. Overexpression of eIF4E results in preferential upregulation of two angiogenic factors, vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and basic fibroblast growth factor (FGF-2). We(More)
BACKGROUND Eukaryotic initiation factor 4E (eIF4E) is elevated in many cancers and is a prognostic indicator in breast cancer. Many pro-tumorigenic proteins are selectively translated via eIF4E, including c-Myc, cyclin D1, ornithine decarboxylase (ODC), vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and Tousled-like kinase 1B (TLK1B). However, western blot(More)
Protein synthesis was drastically inhibited in HeLa cells incubated for 5 min at 42.5 degrees C, but it resumed after 20 min at a rate about 50% that of control cells. After 10 min of heat shock, the binding of Met-tRNAf to 40 S ribosomal subunits was greatly reduced and a polypeptide identified by immunoprecipitation with the alpha subunit of eukaryotic(More)