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In the present study we analyzed the regulation of the two isoforms of the RhoA-specific guanine nucleotide exchange factor Net1 by transforming growth factor-β (TGF-β) in keratinocytes. We report that short-term TGF-β treatment selectively induced Net1 isoform2 (Net1A) but not Net1 isoform1. This led to upregulation of cytoplasmic Net1A protein levels that(More)
Soluble guanylyl cyclase (sGC) is a cGMP-generating enzyme carrying a heme prosthetic group that functions as a nitric oxide (NO) sensor. sGC is present in most cells types, including the vascular endothelium, where its biological functions remain largely unexplored. Herein, we have investigated the role of sGC in angiogenesis and angiogenesis-related(More)
We have previously shown that the angiogenic growth factor pleiotrophin (PTN) induces migration of endothelial cells through binding to its receptor protein tyrosine phosphatase beta/zeta (RPTPbeta/zeta). In this study, we show that a monoclonal antibody against alpha(nu)beta(3) but not alpha(5)beta(1) integrin abolished PTN-induced human endothelial cell(More)
Heparin affin regulatory peptide (HARP) is an 18-kDa secreted growth factor that has a high affinity for heparin and a potent role on tumor growth and angiogenesis. We have previously reported that HARP is mitogenic for different types of endothelial cells and also affects cell migration and differentiation (12). In this study we examined the signaling(More)
We have identified a novel cellular action of thrombin on cultured rat adrenal medullary endothelial cells (RAMEC). Five-minute incubation of RAMEC with physiological concentrations of thrombin (<1 U/ml) caused within 3 h an increase in the basolateral deposition of the extracellular matrix (ECM) proteins fibronectin, laminin, and collagens IV and I,(More)
BACKGROUND Subchondral bone cyst (SBC) formation is often identified in patients with osteoarthritis. Furthermore, several studies have shown that expression of matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) is elevated in patients with OA. OBJECTIVES The aim of our study is to correlate the presence of SBCs and MMP-1 expression with the osteochondral alterations(More)
The cloning and the characterization of the heat shock 70 (hsp70) genes of the medfly C. capitata, a major agricultural pest, are presented. Six genomic clones were isolated by screening a medfly genomic library with an hsp70 genomic fragment of Drosophila melanogaster. They form two 30 kb contigs, both of which map cytogenetically in a single major heat(More)
BACKGROUND The development and growth of human prostate cancer is mediated by many tumor cell-derived growth factors. Heparin affin regulatory peptide (HARP) seems to be involved in the progression of several tumors of diverse origin. In the present study, we sought to determine if HARP is implicated in human prostate cancer. METHODS An antisense strategy(More)
OBJECTIVES Pleiotrophin is a heparin-binding growth factor expressed in embryonic but not mature cartilage, suggesting a role in cartilage development. Elucidation of the molecular changes observed during the remodelling process in osteoarthritis is of paramount importance. This study aimed to investigate serum pleiotrophin levels and expression of(More)
Aberrant angiogenesis is essential for the progression of solid tumors and hematological malignancies. Thus, antiangiogenic therapy is one of the most promising approaches to control cancer. In the present work, we examined the ability of perillyl alcohol (POH), a dietary monoterpene with well-established tumor chemopreventive and chemotherapeutic activity,(More)