Iwona Wierzbicka-Patynowski

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Cell phenotype is specified by environmental cues embedded in the architecture and composition of the extracellular matrix (ECM). Much has been learned about matrix organization and assembly through analyses of the ECM protein fibronectin (FN). FN matrix assembly is a cell-mediated process in which soluble dimeric FN is converted into a fibrillar network.(More)
There are key differences between the amino acid residues of the RGD loops and the C termini of echistatin, a potent antagonist of alpha(IIb)beta(3), alpha(v)beta(3) and alpha(5)beta(1), and eristostatin, a similar disintegrin selectively inhibiting alpha(IIb)beta(3). In order to identify echistatin motifs required for selective recognition of(More)
The term "disintegrin" was first used in 1990 to describe a group of viper venom-derived, nonenzymatic small proteins that shared numerous structural and functional properties. These proteins, which have been found in a great number of viper species studied since that time possess both a remarkable sequence homology and an equally notable variability in(More)
The extracellular matrix acts as a framework for tissue architecture and dynamically regulates many cellular functions. Fibronectin is a ubiquitous extracellular matrix component that plays critical roles in matrix structure and in directing cell behaviors. Fibronectin is synthesized and secreted by many cell types including fibroblasts, endothelial cells,(More)
Fibronectin (FN) matrix assembly is an integrin-mediated process that is regulated by both the extracellular environment and intracellular signaling pathways. The activity of Src-family kinases is important for initiation of FN assembly by normal fibroblasts. Here we report that in HT1080 fibrosarcoma cells, Src kinase activity is required not only for the(More)
Fibronectin (FN) matrix assembly is a tightly regulated stepwise process that is initiated by interactions between FN and cell surface integrin receptors. These interactions activate many intracellular signaling pathways that regulate processes such as cell adhesion, migration, and survival. Here we demonstrate that cells lacking Src family kinases showed(More)
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