Cynthia A Zerillo

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The perineuronal net forms the extracellular matrix of many neurons in the CNS, surrounding neuron cell bodies and proximal dendrites in a mesh-like structure with open "holes" at the sites of synaptic contacts. The perineuronal net is first detected late in development, approximately coincident with the transformation of the CNS from an environment(More)
Brain-enriched hyaluronan binding (BEHAB)/brevican is a brain-specific extracellular matrix protein containing a cleavage site between Glu(395)-Ser(396), which bears remarkable homology to the "aggrecanase" site in the cartilage proteoglycan aggrecan. Expression of BEHAB/brevican is dramatically increased in human gliomas, notoriously invasive tumors.(More)
Malignant gliomas (primary brain tumors) aggressively invade the surrounding normal brain. This invasive ability is not demonstrated by brain metastases of nonglial cancers. The brain-specific, brain-enriched hyaluronan binding (BEHAB)/brevican gene, which encodes an extracellular hyaluronan-binding protein, is consistently expressed by human glioma and is(More)
BEHAB (Brain Enriched HyAluronan Binding)/brevican, a brain-specific member of the lectican family of chondroitin sulfate proteoglycans (CSPGs), may play a role in both brain development and human glioma. BEHAB/brevican has been cloned from bovine, mouse and rat. Two isoforms have been reported: a full-length isoform that is secreted into the extracellular(More)
There is a pressing need to identify new drug targets and novel approaches for treatment of non-small-cell lung carcinoma (NSCLC). Members of the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) and Met receptor families have been identified as important molecular targets for NSCLC. Two EGFR tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs; erlotinib and gefitinib) are in current(More)
HER2 and estrogen receptor (ER) are important in breast cancer and are therapeutic targets of trastuzumab (Herceptin) and tamoxifen, respectively. Retinoids inhibit breast cancer growth, and modulate signaling by HER2 and ER. We hypothesized that treatment with retinoids and simultaneous targeting of HER2 and/or ER may have enhanced anti-tumor effects. The(More)
A tetracycline-sensitive inducible expression system was used to regulate the expression of neurotransmitter receptor genes in two mammalian cell lines. The dopamine D3-receptor was stably expressed in GH3 cells, and GluR6 (a glutamate receptor subunit) was stably expressed in human embryonic kidney (HEK 293) cells. Three striking differences were found. 1)(More)
Gliomas are the most common primary intracranial tumors. One extracellular matrix component that has been implicated in glial tumor biology is brain enriched hyaluronan binding (BEHAB)/brevican. In this study, the CNS-1 rat glioma cell line was transfected with a vector containing either a full-length BEHAB/brevican cDNA, a 5' insert encoding the(More)
A Saccharomyces cerevisiae lambda gt11 library was screened with antiphosphotyrosine antibodies in an attempt to identify a gene encoding a tyrosine kinase. A subclone derived from one positive phage was sequenced and found to contain an 821-amino-acid open reading frame that encodes a protein with homology to protein kinases. We tested the activity of the(More)
BACKGROUND The current tumor-node-metastasis system is inadequate to accurately classify patients in terms of prognosis. Thus, with the availability of recently developed molecular tools, considerable interest lies in discovering prognostic markers in order to guide treatment decisions. In this study, we sought to determine the prognostic significance of(More)