Jessica Morgner

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Integrin-linked kinase (ILK) is an adaptor protein required to establish and maintain the connection between integrins and the actin cytoskeleton. This linkage is essential for generating force between the extracellular matrix (ECM) and the cell during migration and matrix remodelling. The mechanisms by which ILK stability and turnover are regulated are(More)
Stem cells reside in specialized niches that are critical for their function. Quiescent hair follicle stem cells (HFSCs) are confined within the bulge niche, but how the molecular composition of the niche regulates stem cell behaviour is poorly understood. Here we show that integrin-linked kinase (ILK) is a key regulator of the bulge extracellular matrix(More)
ILK (integrin-linked kinase) is a central component of cell-matrix adhesions and an important regulator of integrin function. It forms a ternary complex with two other adaptor proteins, PINCH (particularly interesting cysteine- and histidine-rich protein) and parvin, forming the IPP (ILK-PINCH-parvin) complex that regulates the integrin-actin linkage as(More)
The extracellular matrix (ECM) is a protein scaffold that is assembled by cells into a precise configuration and constantly remodeled. It not only provides structural support for cells and tissues, but also provides positional cues for cell adhesion and migration and serves as a reservoir for growth factors. Consequently, organ development and homeostasis(More)
In higher eukaryotes, PAPS synthases are the only enzymes producing the essential sulphate-donor 3'-phospho-adenosine-5'-phosphosulphate (PAPS). Recently, PAPS synthases have been associated with several genetic diseases and retroviral infection. To improve our understanding of their pathobiological functions, we analysed the intracellular localisation of(More)
Synergy in the downstream signaling pathways of the vascular endothelial growth factor receptor-2 (VEGFR-2) and the integrin αvβ3 is critical for blood vessel formation. Thus, agents that activate both receptors could possess efficient pro-angiogenic potential. Here, we created a fibrin-binding bi-functional protein (FNIII10-VEGF) consisting of the 10th(More)
Herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) invades its human host via the skin or mucosa. We aim to understand how HSV-1 overcomes the barrier function of the host epithelia, and for this reason, we established an ex vivo infection assay initially with murine skin samples. Here, we report how tissue has to be prepared to be susceptible to HSV-1 infection. Most(More)
BACKGROUND The closely related GTPases Rab11 and Rab25 promote cell migration by regulating vesicular transport and recycling of surface receptors. Rab25 carries a constitutively activating mutation in its GTPase domain. Increased expression of Rab25 has been associated with the aggressiveness of migrating tumor cells. Here, we aimed to elucidate potential(More)
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