Barbara S. Beckman

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In the lactating breast, ERBB4 localizes to the nuclei of secretory epithelium while regulating activities of the signal transducer and activator of transcription (STAT) 5A transcription factor essential for milk-gene expression. We have identified an intrinsic ERBB4 NLS (residues 676-684) within the ERBB4 intracellular domain (4ICD) that is essential for(More)
We have previously identified a sequence in the 3'-untranslated region (3'-UTR) of erythropoietin (Epo) mRNA which binds a protein(s), erythropoietin mRNA-binding protein (ERBP). A mutant lacking the ERBP binding site (EpoM) was generated. Hep3B cells were stably transfected with a wild-type Epo (EpoWT) cDNA or EpoM cDNA construct located downstream of a(More)
Adult human mesenchymal stem cells (hMSCs) have been shown to home to sites of breast cancer and integrate into the tumor stroma. We demonstrate here the effect of hMSCs on primary breast tumor growth and the progression of these tumors to hormone independence. Co-injection of bone marrow-derived hMSCs enhances primary tumor growth of the estrogen(More)
Widespread use of MCF-7 human breast carcinoma cells as a model system for breast cancer has led to variations in these cells between different laboratories. Although several reports have addressed these differences in terms of proliferation and estrogenic response, variations in sensitivity to apoptosis have not yet been described. Tumor necrosis factor(More)
Despite intensive study of the mechanisms of chemotherapeutic drug resistance in human breast cancer, few reports have systematically investigated the mechanisms that underlie resistance to the chemotherapy-sensitizing agent tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-α. Additionally, the relationship between TNF-α resistance mediated by MEK5/Erk5 signaling and(More)
BACKGROUND Nuclear factor-kappa B (NF-kappa B) is a known survival pathway, and it may explain differential sensitivity to tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha) and chemotherapeutic-induced apoptosis in apoptotically sensitive (APO+) and apoptotically resistant (APO-) Michigan Cancer Foundation-7 breast cancer cells. METHODS Crystal violet viability and(More)
While conventional MAP kinase pathways are one of the most highly studied signal transduction molecules, less is known about the MEK5 signaling pathway. This pathway has been shown to play a role in normal cell growth cycles, survival and differentiation. The MEK5 pathway is also believed to mediate the effects of a number of oncogenes. MEK5 is the upstream(More)
Adult human mesenchymal stem cells (hMSC) have been shown to home to sites of carcinoma and affect biological processes, including tumour growth and metastasis. Previous findings have been conflicting and a clear understanding of the effects of hMSCs on cancer remains to be established. Therefore, we set out to investigate the impact of hMSCs on the(More)
Recent evidence suggests a role for aberrant ceramide levels in the pathogenesis of cancer and chemoresistance and indicates that manipulation of tumor ceramide levels may be a useful strategy in the fight against breast cancer. This study demonstrates that alterations in the degree and position of unsaturation of bonds in the sphingoid backbone of(More)
Glyceollins, a group of novel phytoalexins isolated from activated soy, have recently been demonstrated to be novel antiestrogens that bind to the estrogen receptor (ER) and inhibit estrogen-induced tumor progression. Our previous publications have focused specifically on inhibition of tumor formation and growth by the glyceollin mixture, which contains(More)