George Boguslawski

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Protein phosphatase 2A (PP2A) is a major cellular serine/threonine protein phosphatase, present in the cell in a variety of heterotrimeric forms that differ in their associated regulatory B-subunit. Cloning of the mammalian B' subunit has allowed the identification of a highly homologous Saccharomyces cerevisiae gene, RTS1. Disruption of the gene results in(More)
Phylogenetic analysis was utilized to investigate biological relationships (tissue tropism, disease presentation, and epidemiologic success), as evidenced by coevolution, among human strains of Chlamydia trachomatis. Nucleotide sequences of omp1, the gene encoding the major outer membrane protein (MOMP) of C. trachomatis, were determined for 40 strains(More)
The bioactive lipids sphingosine 1-phosphate (SPP), sphingosylphosphorylcholine, and lysophosphatidic acid play an important role in angiogenesis as a result of their effects on both the migration of endothelial cells (ECs) and the integrity of EC monolayers. Here we show that extremely low concentrations of serum and nanomolar concentrations of these(More)
Osteocalcin is a major noncollagenous protein component of bone extracellular matrix, synthesized and secreted exclusively by osteoblastic cells in the late stage of maturation, and is considered indicator of osteoblast differentiation. Osteocalcin expression is modulated by parathyroid hormone (PTH) and a variety of other factors. The cAMP-dependent(More)
The initial steps involved in mediating the transduction of PTH signal via its G protein-coupled receptors are well understood and occur through the activation of cAMP and phospholipase C pathways. However, the cellular and molecular mechanisms for subsequent receptor desensitization are less well understood. Recently, a new family of GTPase activating(More)
SU1498, an inhibitor of vascular endothelial growth factor receptor 2, has been used successfully to study the physiological manifestations of receptor functions. Here we report that in addition to its anti-receptor activity, SU1498 stimulates accumulation of phosphorylated ERKs in human umbilical vein endothelial cells and in human aortic endothelial cells(More)
Sphingosylphosphorylcholine (SPC) is one of the biologically active phospholipids that may act as extracellular messengers. Particularly important is the role of these lipids in the angiogenic response, a complex process involving endothelial cell migration, proliferation, and morphologic differentiation. Here we demonstrate that SPC and its hydrolytic(More)
Polymyxin B, a toxic, membrane-affecting antibiotic, can be rendered harmless to yeast cells by enzymatic removal of its fatty acyl moiety. The remaining cyclic peptide portion, polymyxin B nonapeptide, has no significant effect on growth and viability but it drastically reduces mating efficiency. In addition, the cyclic peptide enhances sensitivity of(More)