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In the presence of acidic phospholipids, inorganic phosphate greatly enhances the net migration of calcium ions from the aqueous phase to the organic phase, an effect that does not occur at less than the physiological pH. The calcium complex in the organic phase is shown by electron microscopy to consist of spherules, composed of stoichiometric amount of(More)
Basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF) is a mitogen and a survival factor in fibroblasts and endothelial cells. It acts as an angiogenesis factor in breast cancer, but paradoxically inhibits proliferation in several breast cancer cell lines. In this study, we investigated the effects of bFGF on the survival of MCF-7 human breast cancer cells in order to(More)
One model of tight junction structure suggests that lipids might flow from cell to cell within shared exoplasmic membrane leaflets. We tested this proposal by co-culturing two clones of MDCK epithelial cells, which differed in their content of Forssman glycolipid, and then staining by immunofluorescence with rabbit anti-Forssman Ig. In co-cultures grown on(More)
Confluent monolayers of MDCK (Madin-Darby canine kidney) cells provide a widely used model system for studying epithelial cell polarity. We determined the polarity of epithelial cell plasma membrane glycolipids and sulfated lipids by analyzing the lipids released from both sides of monolayers of metabolically labeled MDCK cells. These lipids were released(More)
Determination of breast cancer estrogen receptor (ER) status as a predictor of tumor response to adjuvant endocrine therapy remains a mainstay of breast cancer management. Recent second generation anti-ER antibodies and new epitope retrieval methods have produced paraffin-based immunohistochemical results that correlate closely with the dextran-coated(More)