Esther A. Suswam

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Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) plays a neuroprotective role in mice harboring mutations of copper-zinc superoxide dismutase 1 (SOD1) in familial amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Conversely, the loss of VEGF expression through genetic depletion can give rise to a phenotype resembling ALS independent of SOD1 mutations. Here, we observe a(More)
IL-8 plays an integral role in promoting the malignant phenotype in breast cancer, and its production is directly influenced by inflammatory cytokines in the tumor microenvironment. Here, we show that activation of IL-1beta receptors on malignant HS578t and MDA-MB-231 breast cancer cells strongly induces IL-8 expression and that RNA stabilization is(More)
TIA-1 related protein binds avidly to uridine-rich elements in mRNA and pre-mRNAs of a wide range of genes, including interleukin (IL)-8 and vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF). The protein has diverse regulatory roles, which in part depend on the locus of binding within the transcript, including translational control, splicing and apoptosis. Here, we(More)
Malignant gliomas are highly aggressive tumors of the central nervous system that rely on production of growth factors for tumor progression. Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), interleukin-8 (IL-8), and tumor necrosis factor-alpha, for example, are up-regulated in these tumors to promote angiogenesis and proliferation. RNA stability, mediated(More)
Malignant glioma (MG) cells up-regulate angiogenic factor expression in response to different extracellular signals such as hypoxia and cytokines. This up-regulation in turn promotes angiogenesis and tumor progression. Posttranscriptional gene regulation has been implicated as one mechanism for this tumor response, and we have previously shown that HuR, a(More)
Atovaquone is an antimalarial agent that specifically inhibits the cytochrome bc(1) complex of the cytochrome pathway. High-level atovaquone resistance is associated with a point mutation in the cytochrome b gene. A pair of isogenic clinical isolates of Plasmodium falciparum derived from before and after the acquisition of atovaquone resistance was used to(More)
Down-regulation of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) in the mouse leads to progressive and selective degeneration of motor neurons similar to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). In mice expressing ALS-associated mutant superoxide dismutase 1 (SOD1), VEGF mRNA expression in the spinal cord declines significantly prior to the onset of clinical(More)
Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) is a neurotrophic factor essential for maintenance of motor neurons. Loss of this factor produces a phenotype similar to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). We recently showed that ALS-producing mutations of Cu/Zn-superoxide dismutase (SOD1) disrupt post-transcriptional regulation of VEGF mRNA, leading to(More)
Malignant gliomas are highly aggressive tumors of the central nervous system that rely on production of growth factors for tumor progression. Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), interleukin-8 (IL-8), and tumor necrosis factor-A, for example, are up-regulated in these tumors to promote angiogenesis and proliferation. RNA stability, mediated through(More)
Chronic inflammation in the central nervous system (CNS) is a central feature of many neurodegenerative and autoimmune diseases. As an immunologically competent cell, the astrocyte plays an important role in CNS inflammation. It is capable of expressing a number of cytokines such as tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-α) and interleukin-1 beta (IL-1β) that(More)