Danilo Talarico

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The phenotypes of NIH 3T3 cells transfected with basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF) cDNAs that express only the high molecular weight (HMW) forms of bFGF, the 18-kDa form, or all forms were examined. Cells producing the 18 kDa or all forms of bFGF were transformed at high levels of growth factor expression but were nontransformed at low levels. Cell(More)
Five human glioblastoma cell lines were analyzed for oncogene activation with a panel of probes. Abnormal expression of the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFr) gene was detected in four of five lines; N-ras oncogene overexpression was found in all five cell lines. These results were subsequently confirmed with fresh brain tumor and nonneoplastic brain(More)
To investigate whether transcription factors of the NF-kappa B family could play a role in early mammalian development, we have analyzed the expression of nfkb1, nfkb2, c-Rel, RelA, RelB, and bcl-3 from 6.5- to 10.5-day mouse embryo implantation sites. Our study shows that nfkb2 mRNA and protein are specifically localized in trophoblast giant cells(More)
We have cloned a murine cDNA encoding a tyrosine kinase receptor with about 90% similarity to the chicken fibroblast growth factor (FGF) receptor and the human fms-like gene (FLG) tyrosine kinase. This mouse receptor lacks 88 amino acids in the extracellular portion, leaving only two immunoglobulin-like domains compared to three in the chicken FGF receptor.(More)
A large body of experimental evidence supports the participation of two groups of extracellular proteases, matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs), and plasminogen activators/plasmin, in tissue remodeling in physiological and pathological invasion. In the late mouse placenta, several tissue remodeling and cell invasion processes take place. Spongiotrophoblast(More)
Mouse midlate placental development involves extensive tissue remodeling and cell invasion, processes which could be mediated by extracellular proteolytic enzymes. We have performed in situ expression analysis of urokinase type plasminogen activator (uPA), as well as functionally related molecules (uPA receptor, low density lipoprotein receptor-related(More)
The K-FGF/HST (FGF-4) growth factor is a member of the FGF family which is efficiently secreted and contains a single N-linked glycosylation signal. To study the role of glycosylation in the secretion of K-FGF, we mutated the human K-fgf cDNA to eliminate the glycosylation signal and the mutated cDNA was cloned into a mammalian expression vector. Studies of(More)
Basic fibroblast growth factor is a potent mitogen for a variety of cell types and has been suggested to have transforming activity. To test this hypothesis, we have introduced a human bFGF cDNA into NIH 3T3 cells either by DNA transfection or by retrovirus infection. We have compared the properties of cell lines obtained with cells prepared similarly but(More)
The c-abl gene encodes a protein tyrosine kinase and is transcribed from at least two promoters giving rise to transcripts of two size classes of approximately 5 and 6 kb in length. These mRNAs only differ in their most 5' exon and encode proteins of similar size but with different N-termini. In the mouse testis an additional abundant c-abl mRNA of 4 kb is(More)
The K-fgf/hst oncogene encodes a secreted growth factor of the fibroblast growth factor (FGF) family. The ability of K-fgf-transformed cells to grow in soft agar and in serum-free medium is inhibited by anti-K-FGF neutralizing antibodies, consistent with an autocrine mechanism of transformation. The transformed properties of clones that express high levels(More)