Jenny Hui-Hui Tan

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The signaling pathway of the receptor tyrosine kinase MET and its ligand hepatocyte growth factor (HGF) is important for cell growth, survival, and motility and is functionally linked to the signaling pathway of VEGF, which is widely recognized as a key effector in angiogenesis and cancer progression. Dysregulation of the MET/VEGF axis is found in a number(More)
The Met receptor tyrosine kinase and its ligand, hepatocyte growth factor (HGF), are overexpressed and/or activated in a wide variety of human malignancies. Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) receptors are expressed on the surface of vascular endothelial cells and cooperate with Met to induce tumor invasion and vascularization. EXEL-2880 (XL880,(More)
BACKGROUND Mutations in protein-O-mannose-beta1,2-N-acetylglucosaminyltransferase 1 (POMGnT1) have been found in muscle-eye-brain disease, a congenital muscular dystrophy with structural eye and brain defects and severe mental retardation. OBJECTIVE To investigate whether mutations in POMGnT1 could be responsible for milder allelic variants of muscular(More)
Mutations in the ATP-binding cassette transporter ABCA1 underlie Tangier disease and familial hypoalphaliproteinemia (FHA), disorders that are characterised by reduced high-density lipoprotein-cholesterol (HDL-C) concentration and cholesterol efflux, and increased coronary artery disease (CAD). We explored if polymorphisms in the ABCA1 gene are associated(More)
Accumulating evidence suggests that fibroblasts play a pivotal role in promoting the growth of breast cancer cells. The objective of the present study was to characterize and validate an in vitro model of the interaction between small numbers of human breast cancer cells and human fibroblasts. We measured the clonogenic growth of small numbers of human(More)
Caenorhabditis elegans is becoming a popular tool for the study of glycan function particularly as it applies to development. More than 150 C. elegans genes have been identified as homologs of vertebrate genes involved in glycan metabolism. However, only a relatively small number of these genes have been expressed and studied in any detail. Oligomannose(More)
UDP-GlcNAc: alpha-6-D-mannoside beta-1,2-N-acetylglucosaminyltransferase II (GnT II; EC is essential for the normal assembly of complex Asn-linked glycans. Northern analysis showed a major transcript at 2.0 kb and a minor band at sim 2.9 kb in five different human cell lines. The gene (MGAT2) has three AATAAA polyadenylation sites at 68, 688 and(More)
BACKGROUND Butein (3,4,2',4'-tetrahydroxychalone), a plant polyphenol, is a major biologically active component of the stems of Rhus verniciflua Stokes. It has long been used as a food additive in Korea and as an herbal medicine throughout Asia. Recently, butein has been shown to suppress the functions of fibroblasts. Because fibroblasts are believed to(More)
UDP-N-acetylglucosamine:alpha-3-D-mannoside beta-1,2-N-acetylglucosaminyltransferase I (GnT I) and UDP-N-acetylglucosamine:alpha-6-D-mannoside beta-1,2-N-acetylglucosaminyltransferase II (GnT II) are key enzymes in the synthesis of Asn-linked hybrid and complex glycans. We have cloned cDNAs from Caenorhabditis elegans for three genes homologous to mammalian(More)
Purification of UDP-GalNAc: polypeptide N-acetylgalactosaminyl transferase from human placenta and ovine and porcine submaxillary glands by affinity chromatography on a defined synthetic peptide containing multiple threonine acceptor substrate sites resulted in separation of at least two distinct threonine transferase activities. A panel of synthetic(More)