Chrystel Flores

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Tight junctions, the most apical of the intercellular junctions that connect individual cells in a epithelial sheet, are thought to form a seal that restricts paracellular and intramembrane diffusion. To analyze the functioning of tight junctions, we generated stable MDCK strain 2 cell lines expressing either full-length or COOH-terminally truncated chicken(More)
Neurons possess a polarized morphology specialized to contribute to neuronal networks, and this morphology imposes an important challenge for neuronal signaling and communication. The physiology of the network is regulated by neurotrophic factors that are secreted in an activity-dependent manner modulating neuronal connectivity. Neurotrophins are a(More)
Tumor immune escape is a critical problem which frequently accounts for the failure of therapeutic tumor vaccines. Among the most potent suppressors of tumor immunity are myeloid derived suppressor cells (MDSCs). MDSCs can be targeted by all-trans-retinoic-acid (atRA), which reduced their numbers and increased response rates in several vaccination studies.(More)
Inhibitors of VEGF receptor (VEGFR) signaling such as sorafenib and sunitinib that are currently used in the treatment of malignant diseases have been shown to affect immunological responses by inhibition of the function of antigen presenting cells and T lymphocytes. The VEGFR-inhibitor axitinib has recently been approved for second line therapy of(More)
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