Gargi Prasad

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Upon injury to a vessel wall the exposure of subendothelial collagen results in the activation of platelets. Platelet activation culminates in shape change, aggregation, release of granule contents and generation of lipid mediators. These secreted and generated mediators trigger a positive feedback mechanism potentiating the platelet activation induced by(More)
Suppression of tropomyosins (TMs), a family of actin-binding, microfilament-associated proteins, is a prominent feature of many transformed cells. Yet it is unclear whether downregulation of TMs occur in human tumors. We have investigated the expression of tropomyosin-1 (TM1) in human breast carcinoma tissues by in situ hybridization and immunofluorescence.(More)
Synthesis of certain members of the tropomyosin family of microfilament-associated proteins is suppressed in fibroblasts neoplastically transformed by a number of retroviral oncogenes, by transforming growth factor alpha, and by chemical mutagens. To test whether tropomyosin suppression is a required event in neoplastic transformation, expression of one of(More)
Two most common properties of malignant cells are the presence of aberrant actin cytoskeleton and resistance to anoikis. Suppression of several key cytoskeletal proteins, including tropomyosin-1 (TM1), during neoplastic transformation is hypothesized to contribute to the altered cytoskeleton and neoplastic phenotype. Using TM1 as a paradigm, we have shown(More)
A full-length complementary DNA clone from a normal human mammary epithelial cell (strain 184) encoding a 25-kilodalton protein, HME1, was isolated. Expression of HME1 RNA appears to be limited to epithelial cells. The HME1 sequence has extensive sequence homology with bovine 14-3-3 protein, which is an activator of tyrosine and tryptophan hydroxylase.(More)
Suppression of synthesis of specific tropomyosin (TM) isoforms occurs commonly in human, murine, and avian fibroblasts transformed by retroviral oncogenes or other modalities. The resulting deficiency or altered distribution of TMs may predispose the cells to microfilament instability and contribute to expression of the transformed phenotype. In this study(More)
The polyamines (PAs), spermidine (SPD) and spermine (SPN) and their diamine precursor, putrescine (PUT) represent a set of evolutionarily highly conserved small molecular weight organic polycations which play vital roles as modulators of a plethora of biological processes from enzyme activation and maintenance of ionic balance, through regulation of growth(More)
While in vivo gene inoculation is being increasingly exploited to express genes of choice and elicit specific immune responses in animal models, the utility of this method has not been explored extensively for the expression of antibody genes. The primary constraint of this method is the need to deliver to, and express in, a single cell two functional(More)