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Literature on steroid hormone receptors is reviewed. Cytosol and nuc lear estrogen receptors in the mammalian uterus, the mechanism of entry of estradiol into uterine cells, the regulation of the amount of uterine estrogen receptors, estrogen receptors in other organs and species, the chick oviduct system and progesterone receptors in the mammalian uterus,(More)
Estrogens induce cell proliferation in target tissues by stimulating progression through the G(1) phase of the cell cycle. Induction of cyclin D1 expression is a critical feature of the mitogenic action of estrogen. We have determined a region between -96 and -29 in the cyclin D1 promoter that confers regulation by estrogens in the human mammary carcinoma(More)
Analysis of antimicrobial activities that are present in the skin secretions of the South American frog Phyllomedusa bicolor revealed six polycationic (lysine-rich) and amphipathic alpha-helical peptides, 24-33 residues long, termed dermaseptins B1 to B6, respectively. Prepro-dermaseptins B all contain an almost identical signal peptide, which is followed(More)
Estrogen receptors (ER) are ligand-dependent transcription factors that regulate growth, differentiation, and maintenance of cellular functions in a wide variety of tissues. We report here that p21WAF1/CIP1, a cyclin-dependent kinase (Cdk) inhibitor, cooperates with CBP to regulate the ERalpha-mediated transcription of endogenous target genes in a(More)
A rabbit was immunized with the highly purified B-subunit (110kDa) (20 to 50 micrograms per injection) of the chick oviduct progesterone receptor (PR). Specific antibodies (IgG-RB) were observed 2 weeks after the first booster injection and high antibody titers in the serum were found after the second and third booster injections (with Kdeq of interaction(More)
The c-kit tyrosine kinase inhibitor STI571 exhibits a substantial therapeutic activity in patients with chronic myeloid leukemia and gastrointestinal stromal tumors respectively associated with constitutive activation of the BCR-ABL and c-kit tyrosine kinases. Human colorectal tumors also express the c-kit proto-oncogene. The present study focuses on the(More)
Indirubin, an isomer of indigo, is a reported inhibitor of cyclin-dependent kinases (CDKs) and glycogen synthase kinase-3 (GSK-3) as well as an agonist of the aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AhR). Indirubin is the active ingredient of a traditional Chinese medicinal recipe used against chronic myelocytic leukemia. Numerous indirubin analogs have been synthesized(More)
Breast cancer is a major challenge for pharmacologists to develop new drugs to improve the survival of cancer patients. Frondoside A is a triterpenoid glycoside isolated from the sea cucumber, Cucumaria frondosa. It has been demonstrated that Frondoside A inhibited the growth of pancreatic cancer cells in vitro and in vivo. We investigated the impact of(More)
Rapamycin, a bacterial macrolide antibiotic, is a potent immunosuppressant agent that blocks cell proliferation by inhibiting the G1/S transition in several cell types. In sensitive cells, rapamycin inhibits the phosphorylation of p70 S6K and of Rb; however, the precise mechanisms involved have not been elucidated. In the mouse BP-A31 fibroblasts,(More)
When exposed to sodium butyrate (NaBut), exponentially growing cells accumulate in G1 and G2 phases of the cell cycle. In the human breast cancer cell line MDA-MB-231, an arrest in G2 phase was observed when the cells were released from hydroxyurea block (G1/S interface) in the presence of NaBut. The inhibition of G2 progression was correlated with(More)