James K. Reynhout

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The assembly of gap junctions (GJs) is a process coordinated by growth factors, kinases, and other signaling molecules. GJ assembly can be enhanced via the elevation of cAMP and subsequent stimulation of connexon trafficking to the plasma membrane. To study the positive regulation of GJ assembly, fibroblasts derived from connexin (Cx)43 knockout (KO) and(More)
Currently little is known about the regulation of gap junction communication in the lens. We report here on the effects of the protein kinase C activator, 12-O-tetradecanoylphorbol-13-acetate (TPA), on cultured bovine lens cells which appeared to be epithelial in nature. Dramatically reduced intercellular transfer of the fluorescent dye Lucifer yellow was(More)
Interstitial cells of Cajal (ICCs) were identified in the digestive tract of turkeys by electron microscopy. ICCs have been implicated as sources of pacemaking slow wave potentials that initiate peristalsis in the stomach and intestines in mammals. The gastroduodenal contraction cycle in turkeys, however, is uniquely coordinated by a neurogenic pacemaker in(More)
Using an established gap junction (GJ) assembly system with experimentally reaggregated cells, we analyzed "formation plaques" (FPs), apparent sites of GJ assembly. Employing freeze-fracture electron microscopy methods combined with filipin labeling of sterols and immunolabeling for connexin43 (Cx43), we demonstrated that FPs constitute distinct membrane(More)
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