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Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is an adult-onset neurodegenerative disease that leads invariably to fatal paralysis associated with motor neuron degeneration and muscular atrophy. One gene associated with ALS encodes the DNA/RNA-binding protein Fused in Sarcoma (FUS). There now exist two Drosophila models of ALS. In one, human FUS with ALS-causing(More)
Molecular details of ion channel interactions with modulatory subunits have been investigated widely in transfected cells, but the physiological roles of ion channel modulatory protein complexes in native neurons remain largely unexplored. The Drosophila large-conductance calcium-activated potassium channel (dSlo) binds to and is modulated by its binding(More)
There is ample evidence that ion channel modulation by accessory proteins within a macromolecular complex can regulate channel activity and thereby impact neuronal excitability. However, the downstream consequences of ion channel modulation remain largely undetermined. The Drosophila melanogaster large conductance calcium-activated potassium channel(More)
In the present study, we investigate the anti-cancer activity and mechanism of caudatin, the C-21 steroidal glycosides, on human hepatoma cell line HepG2. The MTT assay and flow cytometry were used to evaluate HepG2 cell proliferation and cell cycle. Annexin-V/PI and DAPI staining were used to investigate cell apoptosis. Western blotting analysis was used(More)
We have cloned and characterized mouse and human variants of MONaKA, a novel protein that interacts with and modulates the plasma membrane Na,K-ATPase. MONaKA was cloned based on its sequence homology to the Drosophila Slowpoke channel-binding protein dSlob, but mouse and human MONaKA do not bind to mammalian Slowpoke channels. At least two splice variants(More)
Drosophila 14-3-3zeta (D14-3-3zeta) modulates the activity of the Slowpoke calcium-dependent potassium channel (dSlo) by interacting with the dSlo binding protein, Slob. We show here that D14-3-3zeta forms dimers in vitro. Site-directed mutations in its putative dimerization interface result in a dimerization-deficient form of D14-3-3zeta. Both the(More)
In this paper we evaluate the performance impact of traffic patterns on wireless mesh networks. Modeling and simulation of the wireless mesh networks were performed using the NS-2 tool. Trace-driven simulations with genuine traffic trace collected from the wireless mesh networks are used to evaluate the performance. This trace tends to exhibit long-range(More)
Targeting angiogenesis is considered an effective strategy for treating the expansion and metastasis of tumors. The aim of this study is to assess the effects of perifosine, an inhibitor of Akt, on cell proliferation, apoptosis, angiogenesis, and VEGF-induced cell migration in cultured human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) in vitro. MTT and cell(More)
The slowpoke channel binding protein Slob from Drosophila melanogaster contains a putative protein kinase domain within its amino acid sequence. We find that Slob exhibits weak and barely detectable protein kinase activity in vitro, as evidenced by autophosphorylation and by phosphorylation of exogenously added histone as substrate. The phosphorylation of(More)