Jorge Laborda

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Notch signaling has been extensively implicated in cell-fate determination along the development of the immune system. However, a role for Notch signaling in fully differentiated immune cells has not been clearly defined. We have analyzed the expression of Notch protein family members during macrophage activation. Resting macrophages express Notch-1, -2,(More)
The protein dlk, encoded by the Dlk1 gene, belongs to the Notch epidermal growth factor (EGF)-like family of receptors and ligands, which participate in cell fate decisions during development. The molecular mechanisms by which dlk regulates cell differentiation remain unknown. By using the yeast two-hybrid system, we found that dlk interacts with Notch1 in(More)
The gene for the atypical NOTCH ligand delta-like homologue 1 (Dlk1) encodes membrane-bound and secreted isoforms that function in several developmental processes in vitro and in vivo. Dlk1, a member of a cluster of imprinted genes, is expressed from the paternally inherited chromosome. Here we show that mice that are deficient in Dlk1 have defects in(More)
Macrophages present different Notch receptors and ligands on their surface. Following macrophage activation by LPS or other TLR ligands, Notch1 expression is upregulated. We report here that Notch signaling increases both basal and LPS-induced NF-kappaB activation, favoring the expression of genes implicated in the inflammatory response, such as the(More)
Gastrin releasing peptide is mitogenic for mouse Swiss 3T3 fibroblasts and certain human small cell lung carcinoma (SCLC) cells but not for mouse Balb/c 3T3 fibroblasts. To identify new molecules associated with the gastrin releasing peptide-responsive phenotype, clones isolated from a differential cDNA library between Swiss and Balb/c 3T3 fibroblasts were(More)
Adipocyte renewal from preadipocytes has been shown to occur throughout life and to contribute to obesity, yet very little is known about the molecular circuits that control preadipocyte expansion. The soluble form of the preadipocyte factor (also known as pref-1) delta-like 1 homolog (DLK1(S)) is known to inhibit adipogenic differentiation; however, the(More)
Pigment epithelium-derived factor (PEDF) is an extracellular multifunctional protein belonging to the serpin superfamily with demonstrable neurotrophic, gliastatic, neuronotrophic, antiangiogenic, and antitumorigenic properties. We have previously provided biochemical evidence for high affinity PEDF-binding sites and proteins in plasma membranes of retina,(More)
Preadipocyte differentiation occurs during distinct periods of human development and is a key determinant of body mass. Transcriptional events underlying adipogenesis continue to emerge, but the link between chromatin remodeling of specific target loci and preadipocyte differentiation remains elusive. We have identified Krüppel-like factor-6 (KLF6), a(More)
dlk encodes a transmembrane protein member of the EGF-like family of homeotic proteins. dlk is expressed in the same type of neuroendocrine tissues and tumors as pG2, a gene cloned because of its differential expression in human pheochromocytomas versus neuroblastomas. Human dlk and pG2 cDNAs are around 98% similar in sequence, but the predicted proteins(More)
We describe the clinical features of 28 patients with juvenile dermatomyositis (JDM) and 1 patient with adult-onset dermatomyositis (DM), all of whom developed lipodystrophy (LD) that could be categorized into 1 of 3 phenotypes, generalized, partial, or focal, based on the pattern of fat loss distribution. LD onset was often delayed, beginning a median of(More)