Jennifer H. Law

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Y-box binding protein-1 (YB-1) is an oncogenic transcription/translation factor expressed in >40% of breast cancers, where it is associated with poor prognosis, disease recurrence, and drug resistance. We questioned whether this may be linked to the ability of YB-1 to induce the expression of genes linked to cancer stem cells such as CD44 and CD49f. Herein,(More)
Drugs that target the insulin-like growth factor-I receptor (IGF-IR) and/or insulin receptor (IR) are currently under investigation for a variety of malignancies including breast cancer. Although we have previously reported that IGF-IR expression in primary breast tumors is common, the activation status of this receptor has not been examined in relation to(More)
Determining the evolutionary age of asexual lineages should help in inferring the temporal scale under which asexuality and sex evolve and assessing selective factors involved in the evolution of asexuality. We used 416 bp of the mitochondrial COI gene to infer phylogenetic relationships of virtually all known Timema walkingstick species, including(More)
Phylogenetic studies of asexual lineages and their sexual progenitors are useful for inferring the causes of geographical parthenogenesis and testing hypotheses regarding the evolution of sex. With five known parthenogens and well-studied ecology, Timema walking-sticks are a useful system for studying these questions. Timema are mainly endemic to California(More)
Gene expression analysis is used to subtype breast cancers such that the most aggressive tumors are identified, but translating this into clinical practice can be cumbersome. Our goal is to develop a universal biomarker that distinguishes patients at high risk across all breast cancer subtypes. We previously reported that Y-box binding protein-1 (YB-1), a(More)
Modulator of apoptosis 1 (MOAP-1) is a BH3-like protein that plays key roles in both the intrinsic and extrinsic modes of cell death or apoptosis. MOAP-1 is part of the Ras association domain family 1A (RASSF1A)/MOAP-1 pro-apoptotic extrinsic signaling pathway that regulates apoptosis by utilizing death receptors such as tumor necrosis factor α (TNFα) or(More)
The endothelium plays a critical role in orchestrating the inflammatory response seen during sepsis. Many of the inflammatory effects of Gram-negative sepsis are elicited by lipopolysaccharide (LPS), a glycolipid component of bacterial cell walls. Lipid-rich microdomains have been shown to concentrate components of the LPS signaling system. However, much(More)
Triple-negative breast cancers (TNBC) are notoriously difficult to treat because they lack hormone receptors and have limited targeted therapies. Recently, we demonstrated that p90 ribosomal S6 kinase (RSK) is essential for TNBC growth and survival indicating it as a target for therapeutic development. RSK phosphorylates Y-box binding protein-1 (YB-1), an(More)
Ras association domain family protein 1A (RASSF1A) is a tumor suppressor gene silenced in cancer. Here we report that RASSF1A is a novel regulator of intestinal inflammation as Rassf1a(+/-) , Rassf1a(-/-) and an intestinal epithelial cell specific knockout mouse (Rassf1a (IEC-KO) ) rapidly became sick following dextran sulphate sodium (DSS) administration,(More)
a heterogeneous sample set is therefore improved by personal evaluation in some circumstances, whereas analysis of good-quality DNA can be performed solely by the software. In addition to polymorphism A896G, samples containing DNA from whole blood (n 120) were examined for a second TLR4 polymorphism, C1196T. Our aim was to look for linkage of these 2(More)