Jacob Joseph Riehm

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The cellular concentration of Bcl-xL is among the most important determinants of treatment response and overall prognosis in a broad range of tumors as well as an important determinant of the cellular response to several forms of tissue injury. We and others have previously shown that human Bcl-xL undergoes deamidation at two asparaginyl residues and that(More)
Malignant mesothelioma (MM), is an intractable disease with limited therapeutic options and grim survival rates. Altered metabolic and mitochondrial functions are hallmarks of MM and most other cancers. Mitochondria exist as a dynamic network, playing a central role in cellular metabolism. MM cell lines display a spectrum of altered mitochondrial(More)
The proliferation of all nontransformed adherent cells is dependent upon the development of mechanical tension within the cell; however, little is known about the mechanisms by which signals regulated by mechanical tension are integrated with those regulated by growth factors. We show here that Skp2, a component of a ubiquitin ligase complex that mediates(More)
The 3rd generation epidermal growth factor receptor-tyrosine kinase inhibitors (EGFR-TKIs; e.g., AZD9291), which selectively and irreversibly inhibit EGFR activating and T790M mutants, represent very promising therapeutic options for patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) that has become resistant to 1st generation EGFR-TKIs due to T790M mutation.(More)
Little consideration has been given to the possibility that there could be variations in protein expression that alter susceptibility to tumorigenesis without causing other obvious phenotypic effects. Therefore, we sought to determine if haploinsufficiency for the anti-apoptotic protein Bcl-x(L) would affect tumorigenesis. We chose to study Bcl-x(L) because(More)
UNLABELLED The 3D surface of Caenorhabditis elegans was imaged at nanometer resolution using atomic force microscopy (AFM). Oscillation of a medium stiffness silicon AFM cantilever at the upper second amplitude peak, typically 6 times above the fundamental frequency, vastly improved image quality on the moist, sticky, and soft worms. Whole-animal mounts of(More)
Defects in vascular integrity are an initiating factor in several disease processes. We have previously reported that high molecular weight hyaluronan (HMW-HA), a major glycosaminoglycan in the body, promotes rapid signal transduction in human pulmonary microvascular endothelial cells (HPMVEC) leading to barrier enhancement. In contrast, low molecular(More)
We previously investigated MET and its oncogenic mutants relevant to lung cancer in C. elegans. The inactive orthlogues of the receptor tyrosine kinase Eph and MET, namely vab-1 and RB2088 respectively, the temperature sensitive constitutively active form of KRAS, SD551 (let-60; GA89) and the inactive c-CBL equivalent mutants in sli-1 (PS2728, PS1258, and(More)
Malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) is an aggressive cancer that is commonly associated with prior asbestos exposure. Receptor tyrosine kinases (RTKs) such as MET and its downstream target PI3K are overexpressed and activated in a majority of MPMs. Here, we studied the combinatorial therapeutic efficacy of the MET/ALK inhibitor crizotinib, with either a(More)
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