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Protein-protein interactions regulate and control many cellular functions. A multimolecular complex consisting of the adaptor proteins SLP-76 (Src homology 2 domain-containing leukocyte protein of 76 kD), Nck, and the guanine nucleotide exchange factor Vav1 is recruited to the T cell side of the interface with an antigen-presenting cell during initial T(More)
Interaction between the integrin VLA-4 on acute myelogenous leukemia (AML) cells with stromal fibronectin is a decisive factor in chemotherapeutic resistance. In this study, we provide a rationale for a drug repositioning strategy to blunt integrin activation in AML cells and restore their sensitivity to chemotherapy. Specifically, we demonstrate that the(More)
Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome protein (WASp) is a key regulator of the actin cytoskeletal machinery. Binding of WASp-interacting protein (WIP) to WASp modulates WASp activity and protects it from degradation. Formation of the WIP-WASp complex is crucial for the adaptive immune response. We found that WIP and WASp interacted in cells through two distinct(More)
New cyclic RGD peptide-anticancer agent conjugates, with different chemical functionalities attached to the parent peptide were synthesized in order to evaluate their biological activities and to provide a comparative study of their drug release profiles. The Integrin binding c(RGDfK) penta-peptide was used for the synthesis of Camptothecin (CPT) carbamate(More)
T cell antigen receptor (TCR) engagement has been shown to activate pathways leading to actin cytoskeletal polymerization and reorganization, which are essential for lymphocyte activation and function. Several actin regulatory proteins were implicated in regulating the actin machinery, such as members of the Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome protein (WASp) family.(More)
Actin polymerization is a fundamental cellular process regulating immune cell functions and the immune response. The Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome protein (WASp) is an actin nucleation promoting factor, which is exclusively expressed in hematopoietic cells, where it plays a key regulatory role in cytoskeletal dynamics. WASp interacting protein (WIP) was first(More)
WIP plays an important role in the remodeling of the actin cytoskeleton, which controls cellular activation, proliferation, and function. WIP regulates actin polymerization by linking the actin machinery to signaling cascades. WIP binding to WASp and to its homolog, N-WASp, which are central activators of the actin-nucleating complex Arp2/3, regulates their(More)
WASp family Verprolin-homologous protein-2 (WAVE2), a member of the Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome protein (WASp) family of actin nucleation promoting factors, is a central regulator of actin cytoskeleton polymerization and dynamics. Multiple signaling pathways operate via WAVE2 to promote the actin-nucleating activity of the actin-related protein 2/3 (Arp2/3)(More)
Protection against infectious diseases is mediated by the immune system (1,2). T lymphocytes are the master coordinators of the immune system, regulating the activation and responses of multiple immune cells (3,4). T-cell activation is dependent on the recognition of specific antigens displayed by antigen presenting cells (APCs). The T-cell antigen receptor(More)
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