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BACKGROUND Recurrent miscarriage affects 1-2% of couples trying to conceive, and is idiopathic in nearly half. Female fertility is controlled by the hypothalamus-pituitary-ovarian (HPO) axis and we hypothesize that genetic polymorphisms affecting the function of genes involved in regulating the HPO axis will be associated with recurrent miscarriage. (More)
Talin-mediated integrin activation drives integrin-based adhesions. Here we examine the roles of two proteins that induce talin-integrin interactions--vinculin and Rap1-GTP-interacting adaptor molecule (RIAM)--in the formation and maturation of integrin-based adhesions. RIAM-containing adhesions are primarily in the lamellipodium; RIAM is subsequently(More)
Cell adhesion-mediated drug resistance contributes to minimal residual disease and relapse in hematological malignancies. Here, we show that adhesion of Jurkat T-acute lymphoblastic leukemia cells to substrates engaging α4β1-integrin or α5β1-integrin promotes chemoresistance to doxorubicin-induced apoptosis. Reconstituted expression of α4δ, a truncated(More)
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