Jasna Peter-Katalinić

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Podocytes have a significant role in establishing selective permeability of the glomerular filtration barrier. Sustained renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system activation is crucial to the pathogenesis of podocyte injury, but the mechanisms by which angiotensin II modulates podocyte survival due to physiological or injurious stimuli remain unclear. Here, we(More)
BACKGROUND Despite progress in adjuvant chemotherapy in the recent decades, pancreatic and colon cancers remain common causes of death worldwide. Bacterial toxins, which specifically bind to cell surface-exposed glycosphingolipids, are a potential novel therapy. We determined the expression of globotriaosylceramide (Gb3Cer/CD77), the Shiga toxin receptor,(More)
We describe a new congenital disorder of glycosylation, CDG-If. The patient has severe psychomotor retardation, seizures, failure to thrive, dry skin and scaling with erythroderma, and impaired vision. CDG-If is caused by a defect in the gene MPDU1, the human homologue of hamster Lec35, and is the first disorder to affect the use, rather than the(More)
Gangliosides (GGs), involved in malignant alteration and tumor progression/invasiveness, are considered as tumor biomarkers or therapeutic targets. Here, we describe the first systematic GG composition characterization in human gliosarcoma versus normal brain tissue using our recently developed mass spectrometry (MS) methods, based on nano-electrospray(More)
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is the most common neurodegenerative disorder, but still without known disease mechanism, proper treatment and efficient diagnostic tools for an early stage diagnosis. There is increasing evidence that lipids, especially cholesterol and sphingolipids, may play a role in pathological processes that occur in the AD brain even in very(More)
Glycosphingolipids (GSLs), composed of a hydrophilic carbohydrate chain and a lipophilic ceramide anchor, play pivotal roles in countless biological processes, including the development of cancer. As part of the investigation of the vertebrate glycome, GSL analysis is undergoing rapid expansion owing to the application of modern mass spectrometry. Here we(More)
The sialic acid-specific cytotoxic lectin viscumin and its recombinant equivalent rViscumin specifically bind to CD75s-gangliosides with terminal Neu5Acα6Galβ4GlcNAc sequence. We, therefore, comparatively analyzed the content of CD75s-gangliosides and closely related iso-CD75s-gangliosides (terminated by Neu5Acα3Galβ4GlcNAc sequence) and the gene expression(More)
To investigate in detail the expression of glycosphingolipids (GSLs) on endothelial cells, 4.85 x 10(9) human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) were cultivated in a 2 l bioreactor using microcarriers as a support for anchorage dependent growing cells. Neutral GSLs and gangliosides were isolated and their structures were determined by TLC(More)
The structure of the precursor of a molt-inhibiting hormone (MIH) of the American crayfish, Orconectes limosus was determined by cloning of a cDNA based on RNA from the neurosecretory perikarya of the X-organ in the eyestalk ganglia. The open reading frame includes the complete precursor sequence, consisting of a signal peptide of 29, and the MIH sequence(More)
Ammodytoxin (Atx), an sPLA2 (secretory phospholipase A2), binds to g and e isoforms of porcine 14-3-3 proteins in vitro. 14-3-3 proteins are evolutionarily conserved eukaryotic regulatory proteins involved in a variety of biological processes, including cell-cycle regulation. We have now shown that Atx binds to yeast 14-3-3 proteins with an affinity similar(More)