Gisli Jenkins

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Regulated fusion of secretory granules with the plasma membrane in secretory cells requires ATP, Ca2+ and cytosolic as well as membrane proteins. ATP-dependent steps in Ca(2+)-activated secretion from PC12 cells require three cytosolic PEP proteins (priming in exocytosis proteins, PEP1-3), the identity of which will provide insights into the required(More)
Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a progressive fibrotic lung disease with an appalling prognosis. The failure of anti-inflammatory therapies coupled with the observation that deranged epithelium overlies proliferative myofibroblasts to form the fibroblastic focus has lead to the emerging concept that IPF is a disease of deregulated(More)
A phosphatidylinositol 4-phosphate (PIP) kinase was isolated and purified to near homogeneity from bovine erythrocyte membranes. The PIP kinase was extracted from bovine erythrocyte membranes with a high salt wash, followed by phosphocellulose and phenyl-Sepharose chromatography. The predominant protein after phenyl-Sepharose purification had a molecular(More)
Our previous work showed that post-translationally modified Rho in its GTP-bound state stimulated phosphatidylinositol 4-phosphate 5-kinase (PIP5K) activity in mouse fibroblast lysates. To investigate whether Rho physically interacts with PIP5K, we incubated immobilized Rho-GST with Swiss 3T3 cell lysates and tested for retained PIP5K activity. Rho-GST, but(More)
Activation of latent transforming growth factor beta (TGF-beta) by alphavbeta6 integrin is critical in the pathogenesis of lung injury and fibrosis. We have previously demonstrated that the stimulation of protease activated receptor 1 promotes alphavbeta6 integrin-mediated TGF-beta activation via RhoA, which is known to modulate cell contraction. However,(More)
Targeted repression of a subset of key genes involved in tissue remodeling is a cardinal feature of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). The mechanism is unclear but is potentially important in disease pathogenesis and therapeutic targeting. We have previously reported that defective histone acetylation is responsible for the repression of the antifibrotic(More)
Lung fibrosis can affect the parenchyma and the airways, classically giving rise to idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) in the parenchyma or airway remodeling in asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. TGF-β activation has been implicated in the fibrosis of both IPF and airway remodeling. However, the mechanisms of TGF-β activation appear to(More)
Severe asthma is associated with airway remodeling, characterized by structural changes including increased smooth muscle mass and matrix deposition in the airway, leading to deteriorating lung function. TGF-β is a pleiotropic cytokine leading to increased synthesis of matrix molecules by human airway smooth muscle (HASM) cells and is implicated in(More)
Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a chronic progressive disease of unknown aetiology. It has a very poor prognosis and no effective treatment. There are two major barriers to the development of novel treatments in IPF: an incomplete understanding of its pathogenesis and the fact that current models of the disease are poorly predictive of therapeutic(More)
Trans-epithelial migration (TEpM) of leukocytes during inflammation requires engagement with receptors expressed on the basolateral surface of the epithelium. One such receptor is Coxsackie and Adenovirus Receptor (CAR) that binds to Junctional Adhesion Molecule-like (JAM-L) expressed on leukocytes. Here we provide the first evidence that efficient TEpM of(More)