Doris N. Savoy

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Recent studies using glycogen synthase kinase-3beta (GSK-3beta)-deficient mouse embryonic fibroblasts suggest that GSK-3beta positively regulates nuclear factor kappaB (NFkappaB)-mediated gene transcription. Because NFkappaB is suggested to participate in cell proliferation and survival pathways in pancreatic cancer, we investigated the role of GSK-3beta in(More)
Herein, we show that the hematopoietic-specific GEF VAV1 is ectopically expressed in primary pancreatic adenocarcinomas due to demethylation of the gene promoter. Interestingly, VAV1-positive tumors had a worse survival rate compared to VAV1-negative tumors. Surprisingly, even in the presence of oncogenic KRAS, VAV1 RNAi abrogates neoplastic cellular(More)
Actin reorganization at the immunological synapse is required for the amplification and generation of a functional immune response. Using small interfering RNA, we show here that dynamin 2 (Dyn2), a large GTPase involved in receptor-mediated internalization, did not alter antibody-mediated T cell receptor internalization but considerably affected T cell(More)
NF-kappaB is an ubiquitous transcription factor that is a key in the regulation of the immune response and inflammation. T-cell receptor (TCR) cross-linking leads to NF-kappaB activation, an IkappaB kinase (IKK)-dependent process. However, the upstream kinases that regulate IKK activity following TCR activation remain to be fully characterized. Herein, we(More)
Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome protein (WASP)-interacting protein (WIP), specifically binds to a region of WASp that is frequently mutated in Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome. Due to the similar phenotypes of WASp- and Vav-deficient T cells, and the putative importance of the WIP/WASp complex in mediating normal signals from the TCR, we investigated the role of WIP in(More)
RhoG, a member of the Rho family of GTPases, has been implicated as a regulator of the actin cytoskeleton. In this study, we show a novel function for the small GTPase RhoG on the regulation of the interferon-gamma promoter and nuclear factor of activated T cells (NFAT) gene transcription in lymphocytes. Optimal function of RhoG for the expression of these(More)
Although all three Vav family members are expressed in T lymphocytes, the role that Vav3 plays in T cell activation is poorly defined. Here we show that, like Vav1, Vav3 undergoes rapid tyrosine phosphorylation after T cell receptor (TCR) cross-linkage and interacts with the adaptor molecules SLP76 and 3BP2 in a SH2-dependent manner. However, depletion of(More)
Polarization of lipid rafts and granules to the site of target contact is required for the development of cell-mediated killing by cytotoxic lymphocytes. We have previously shown that these events require the activation of proximal protein tyrosine kinases. However, the downstream intracellular signaling molecules involved in the development of(More)
The discovery of the rules governing the inhibition of the various HDAC isoforms is likely to be key to identifying improved therapeutics that act as epigenetic modulators of gene transcription. Herein we present results on the modification of the CAP region of a set of triazolylphenyl-based HDACIs, and show that the nature of substitution on the phenyl(More)
The histone deacetylases (HDACs) are able to regulate gene expression, and inhibitors of the HDACs (HDACIs) hold promise in the treatment of cancer as well as a variety of neurodegenerative diseases. To investigate the potential for isoform selectivity in the inhibition of HDACs, we prepared a small series of 2,4'-diaminobiphenyl ligands functionalized at(More)