Helena Pulyaeva

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Activation of the matrix metalloproteinase 2 (MMP-2) has been shown to play a major role in the proteolysis of extracellular matrix (ECM) associated with tumor invasion. Although the precise mechanism of this activation remains elusive, levels of the membrane type 1-MMP (MT1-MMP) at the cell surface and of the tissue inhibitor of MMP-2 (TIMP-2) appear to be(More)
We have previously reported that human breast carcinoma (HBC) cell lines expressing the mesenchymal intermediate filament protein vimentin (VIM+) are highly invasive in vitro, and highly metastatic in nude mice when compared to their VIM– counterparts. Since only VIM+ cell lines can be induced to activate matrix metalloproteinase-2 (MMP-2) upon stimulation(More)
The baculovirus fusogenic activity depends on the low pH conformation of virally-encoded trimeric glycoprotein, gp64. We used two experimental approaches to investigate whether monomers, trimers, and/or higher order oligomers are functionally involved in gp64 fusion machine. First, dithiothreitol (DTT)- based reduction of intersubunit disulfides was found(More)
The antigen encoded by B*5002 differs in sequence from that encoded by B*5001 only at amino acid residue 167 (consensus tryptophan vs. serine) which results in B45 serologic reactivity. To search for B*5002, the frequencies of alleles encoding the serologically defined B45 antigen were determined by sequence-based typing in 5 major U.S. populations:(More)
The aim of this study was to determine the mechanisms responsible for the growth inhibitory effect of hyperthermia and verapamil in human colon cancer cell line HT-29. Apoptotic cell death was verified by flow cytometry analysis. The effect of treatment with hyperthermia and verapamil on the expression of apoptosis-associated proteins including Bcl-2, p53,(More)
We report a new approach for target quantification directly within DNA duplex. Our assay is based on the formation of a new biomolecular structure, the PD-loop. The approach takes advantage of a selective hybridization of a probe to double-stranded DNA (dsDNA), which is locally opened by a pair of bis-PNA oligomers. To optimize the technique, several(More)
Activation of the matrix metalloproteinase 2 (MMP-2) has been shown to play a major role in the proteolysis of extracellular matrix (ECM) associated with tumor invasion. Although the precise mechanism of this activation remains elusive, levels of the membrane type 1-MMP i M IIMMl') at the cell surface and of the tissue inhibitor of MMP-2 (TIMP-2) appear to(More)
Electrophoresis of lambda phage DNA was carried out in solutions at various concentrations of uncrosslinked polyacrylamide of 0.6, 1, 5 and 9 x 10(6) molecular weight (Mw) with narrow Mw distribution. By inspection of mobilities in the various concentration ranges, it appears that mobilities decrease, and retardation increases, with increasing Mw. The(More)
Uncrosslinked polyacrylamide forms gels in the concentration range of 15-40% acrylamide. Electrophoresis in these gels of a commercially available 350 bp heteroduplex DNA preparation separates it from the homoduplex DNA of the same size. The separation is qualitatively equivalent to that previously achieved in a commercial proprietary gel ("Mutation(More)