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The leukocyte-specific beta(2) integrin lymphocyte function-associated antigen-1 (LFA-1) (alpha(L)/beta(2)) mediates activation-dependent adhesion to intercellular adhesion molecule (ICAM)-1. In leukocytes, LFA-1 requires activation by intracellular messengers to bind ICAM-1. We observed malfunctioning of LFA-1 activation in leukemic T cells and(More)
The MITF/TFE subfamily of basic helix-loop-helix leucine-zipper (bHLH-LZ) transcription factors consists of four closely related members, TFE3, TFEB, TFEC and MITF, which can form both homo- and heterodimers. Previously, we demonstrated that in t(X;1)(p11;q21)-positive renal cell carcinomas (RCCs), the TFE3 gene on the X chromosome is disrupted and fused to(More)
The La (SS-B) autoimmune antigen is an RNA-binding protein that is present in both the nucleus and cytoplasm of eukaryotic cells, where it is found associated with RNA polymerase III transcripts. We have investigated the capacity of anti-La monoclonal antibodies SW1, SW3, and SW5 to immunoprecipitate human La ribonucleoprotein particles. Distinct(More)
Small cytoplasmic ribonucleoproteins (scRNPs) are important autoantigens in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus and Sjögren's syndrome. MoAbs against these proteins were made by immunization of BALB/c mice with purified human recombinant 60-kD Ro/SS-A or 50-kD La/SS-B proteins. Five stable hybridoma cell lines were obtained, of which four secreted(More)
In this study we have used a number of monoclonal antibodies with various anti-Sm specificities originating from MRL/lpr mice to map B cell epitopes of the Sm-B/B' and Sm-D1 proteins. Selection of Sm-B subfragments reactive with the Sm-B/B'-specific monoclonal antibody ANA125 from a DNaseI fragment expression library revealed that the epitope recognized by(More)
Renal cell carcinomas (RCCs) represent a heterogeneous group of neoplasms, which differ in histological, pathologic and clinical characteristics. The tumors originate from different locations within the nephron and are accompanied by different recurrent (cyto)genetic anomalies. Recently, a novel subgroup of RCCs has been defined, i.e., the MiT translocation(More)
The MiTF/TFE (MiT) family of basic helix-loop-helix leucine zipper transcription factors is composed of four closely related members, MiTF, TFE3, TFEB and TFEC, which can bind target DNA both as homo- or heterodimers. Using real-time RT-PCR, we have analyzed the relative expression levels of the four members in a broad range of human tissues, and found that(More)
Fusion of the SS18 and either one of the SSX genes is a hallmark of human synovial sarcoma. The SS18 and SSX genes encode nuclear proteins that exhibit opposite transcriptional activities. The SS18 protein functions as a transcriptional coactivator and is associated with the SWI/SNF complex, whereas the SSX proteins function as transcriptional corepressors(More)
The SSX gene family is composed of at least five functional and highly homologous members, SSX1 to SSX5, that are normally expressed in only the testis and thyroid. SSX1, SSX2, or SSX4 may be fused to the SYT gene as a result of the t(X;18) translocation in synovial sarcoma. In addition, the SSX1, SSX2, SSX4, and SSX5 genes were found to be aberrantly(More)
As a result of the synovial sarcoma associated t(X;18) translocation, the human SYT gene on chromosome 18 is fused to either the SSX1 or the SSX2 gene on the X chromosome. Although preliminary evidence indicates that the (fusion) proteins encoded by these genes may play a role in transcriptional regulation, little is known about their exact function. We set(More)