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Calmodulin is a major cytoplasmic calcium receptor that performs multiple functions in the cell including cytokinesis. Central spindle appears between separating chromatin masses after metaphase-anaphase transition. The interaction of microtubules from central spindle with cell cortex regulates the cleavage furrow formation. In this paper, we use green(More)
Ultraviolet (UV) irradiation can result in cell cycle arrest. The reactivation of Polo-like kinase 1 (Plk1) is necessary for cell cycle reentry. But the mechanism of how Plk1 regulates p53 in UV-induced mitotic arrest cells remained elusive. Here we find that UV treatment leads HEK293 cells to inverse changes of Plk1 and p53. Over-expression of Plk1 rescue(More)
c-Met is highly expressed and constitutively activated in various human tumors. We employed adenovirus-mediated RNA interference technique to knock down c-Met expression in hepatocellular carcinoma cells and observed its effects on hepatocellular carcinoma cell growth in vitro and in vivo. Among the five hepatocellular carcinoma and one normal human liver(More)
A transient postanaphase repositioning of the centriole is found to control the completion of cytokinesis. Using a green fluorescent protein-calmodulin fusion protein as a living cell probe, we have previously found that calmodulin is associated with the initiation and progression of cytokinesis. In this study, we further studied the effect of calmodulin on(More)
During meiotic maturation, mammalian oocytes undergo a series of morphological and physiological changes that prepare them for fertilization. Calcium-initiated signaling is thought to trigger these processes. In this study, we examine the spatio-temporal pattern of calcium and calmodulin (CaM), its downstream receptor, in order to investigate their(More)
Calmodulin (CaM) is a major cytoplasmic calcium receptor that performs multiple functions including cell motility. To investigate the mechanism of the regulation of CaM on cell morphology and motility, first we checked the distribution of CaM in the living cells using GFP-CaM as an indicator. We found that GFP-CaM showed a fiber-like distribution pattern in(More)
Calmodulin (CaM) is a major cytoplasmic Ca2+ receptor and performs a multiplicity of functions in the cell. By using GFP-CaM fusion protein, we have studied the detailed dynamic redistribution of CaM during cytokinesis in HeLa cells. CaM associates with midbody in late cytokinesis phase. When the cells were treated with Ca2+/CaM inhibitor W7, the dissolving(More)
Angiogenesis, the formation of new blood vessels that is regulated by hypoxia, is a critical process for the growth and spread of tumors. Multiple phases of this process, including migration, adhesion, and formation of new capillary tubes, are needed for optimal tumor growth. Here, a new regulatory function for Ca2+-CaM in the vascular endothelium is(More)
The cell cycle is controlled by regulators functioning at the right time and at the right place. We have found that calmodulin (CaM) has specific distribution patterns during different cell-cycle stages. Here, we identify cell-cycle-specific binding proteins of CaM and examine their function during cell-cycle progression. We first applied(More)
A cell-free system including HeLa cell lysate of synchronized metaphase or G2-phase and isolated germinal vesicles (GV) from mouse oocytes was used to study the role of calcium and its downstream mediator during mature resumption. The isolated GVs could resume meiotic maturation in the lysate prepared from M phase HeLa cell, which marked by chromatin(More)