Bao Tran Nguyen

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Spatiotemporal specificity of cAMP action is best explained by targeting protein kinase A (PKA) to its substrates by A-kinase-anchoring proteins (AKAPs). At synapses in the brain, AKAP79/150 incorporates PKA and other regulatory enzymes into signal transduction networks that include beta-adrenergic receptors,(More)
The G protein-coupled receptors LGR7 and LGR8 have recently been identified as the primary receptors for the polypeptide hormone relaxin and relaxin-like factors. RT-PCR confirmed the existence of mRNA for both LGR7 and LRG8 in THP-1 cells. Whole cell treatment of THP-1 cells with relaxin produced a biphasic time course in cAMP accumulation, where the first(More)
Spatiotemporal organization of cAMP signaling begins with the tight control of second messenger synthesis. In response to agonist stimulation of G protein-coupled receptors, membrane-associated adenylyl cyclases (ACs) generate cAMP that diffuses throughout the cell. The availability of cAMP activates various intracellular effectors, including protein kinase(More)
Knowledge of uterine cervical epithelial biology and factors that influence its events may be critical in understanding the process of cervical remodeling (CR). Here, we examine the impact of exogenous vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) on uterine cervical epithelial growth in mice (nonpregnant and pregnant) treated with VEGF agents (recombinant and(More)
Relaxin is a polypeptide hormone that activates the leucine-rich repeat containing G protein-coupled receptors, LGR7 and LGR8. In an earlier study, we reported that relaxin produces a biphasic time course and the second wave of cAMP is highly sensitive to phosphoinositide-3 kinase inhibitors (LY294002 and wortmannin). LY294002 inhibits relaxin-mediated(More)
Relaxin has been shown previously to stimulate cyclic AMP production and the activation of MAPK. We reported that phosphoinositide-3 kinase (PI3K) activity is required for biphasic stimulation of cAMP by relaxin and that relaxin treatment increased PI3K activity in THP-1 cells. A downstream target of PI3K is protein kinase C zeta (PKCzeta). Relaxin(More)
Relaxin stimulates cAMP production and activation of ERK and PI3K in THP-1 cells. Relaxin also stimulates protein kinase C zeta (PKCzeta) translocation to the plasma membrane in a PI3K-dependent manner in THP-1 and MCF-7 cells. However, relaxin did not increase cAMP production in MCF-7 cells. We overexpressed different adenylyl cyclase (AC) isoforms in(More)
Hepatocyte growth factor/scatter factor (HGF/SF) is a mesenchymally derived glycoprotein with a strong scattering effect on epithelial cells. A receptor tyrosine kinase encoded by the met proto-oncogene has been identified as the cellular receptor for HGF/SF. Following stimulation with HGF/SF, cell scattering occurs concurrent with decreased cell-cell(More)
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