Ganesan Keerthivasan

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The role of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) on cathepsin L expression was investigated in human glioblastoma cells (U87MG). Our results demonstrate the transcriptional upregulation of cathepsin L expression by VEGF. Transient transfection of U87MG cells with VEGF expression vector significantly increased cathepsin L activity. These results were(More)
Relapse of drug-resistant acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) has been associated with increased expression of survivin/BIRC5, an inhibitor of apoptosis protein, suggesting a survival advantage for ALL cells. In the present study, we report that inhibition of survivin in patient-derived ALL can eradicate leukemia. Targeting survivin with shRNA in combination(More)
Enucleation of mammalian erythroblasts is a process whose mechanism is largely undefined. The prevailing model suggests that nuclear extrusion occurs via asymmetric cytokinesis. To test this hypothesis, we treated primary erythroblasts with inhibitors of cytokinesis, including blebbistatin, hesperadin, and nocodazole, and then assayed for enucleation.(More)
Although erythroid cells and megakaryocytes arise from a common progenitor, their terminal maturation follows very different paths; erythroid cells undergo cell-cycle exit and enucleation, whereas megakaryocytes continue to progress through the cell cycle but skip late stages of mitosis to become polyploid cells. In our efforts to identify genes that(More)
Even though the production of orthochromatic erythroblasts can be scaled up to fulfill clinical requirements, enucleation remains one of the critical rate-limiting steps in the production of transfusable red blood cells. Mammalian erythrocytes extrude their nucleus prior to entering circulation, likely to impart flexibility and improve the ability to(More)
Survivin is an inhibitor of apoptosis protein family member that has an essential role in cellular proliferation as a component of the chromosome passenger complex. Survivin is highly expressed in embryos and in proliferating adult tissues, but it is not expressed in most differentiated cells. During tumorigenesis, however, survivin expression is(More)
BACKGROUND Nucleus free red blood cells are unique to mammals. During their terminal stage of differentiation, mammalian erythroblasts exit the cell cycle and enucleate. We previously found that survivin, a member of the chromosomal passenger complex that is required for cytokinesis, is highly expressed in late non-dividing cells. The role of survivin in(More)
The myelodysplastic syndromes (MDSs) include a spectrum of stem cell malignancies characterized by an increased risk of developing acute myeloid leukemia. Heterozygous loss of chromosome 5q (del[5q]) is the most common cytogenetic abnormality in MDS. DIAPH1 is localized to 5q31 and encodes one of the formin proteins, mDia1, which is involved in linear actin(More)
Differentiation of erythroblasts to mature red blood cells involves dynamic changes of the membrane and cytoskeleton networks that are not fully characterized. Using a mouse fetal liver erythroblast culture system and a targeted shRNA functional screening strategy, we identified a critical role of pleckstrin-2 in actin dynamics and protection of early stage(More)
1Department of Pediatrics, Division of Hematology and Oncology, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine, Los Angeles, CA; 2Department of Laboratory Medicine and 3Department of Pediatrics, University of California, San Francisco, CA; 4Centre for Blood Research, Faculty of Medicine, Division of Hematology,(More)
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