José V. Moyano

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Recent gene profiling studies have identified a new breast cancer subtype, the basal-like group, which expresses genes characteristic of basal epithelial cells and is associated with poor clinical outcomes. However, the genes responsible for the aggressive behavior observed in this group are largely unknown. Here we report that the small heat shock protein(More)
Tenascin-C is an adhesion-modulatory extracellular matrix molecule that is highly expressed in tumors. To investigate the effect of tenascin-C on tumor cells, we analyzed its antiadhesive nature and effect on tumor cell proliferation in a fibronectin context. Glioblastoma and breast carcinoma cell adhesion was compromised by a mixed fibronectin/tenascin-C(More)
Gene-expression profiling has revealed several molecular subtypes of breast cancer, which differ in their pathobiology and clinical outcomes. Basal-like tumors are a newly recognized subtype of breast cancer, which express genes that are characteristic of basal epithelial cells, such as the basal cytokeratins, and are associated with poor relapse-free and(More)
Extracellular matrices (ECMs) are complex materials, containing at least dozens of different macromolecules that are assembled together, thus complicating their optimization towards applications in 3D cell culture or tissue engineering. The natural complexity of ECMs has limited cell-matrix investigations predominantly to experiments where only one matrix(More)
B-cell chronic lymphocytic leukemia is characterized by the accumulation of malignant B lymphocytes as a result of abnormal survival signals operating in vivo. Previously, we showed that adhesion of B-CLL cells to the fibronectin fragment H89, a ligand for alpha4beta1 integrin, prevents their spontaneous apoptosis in vitro. We have now studied whether(More)
Basal-like tumors are a newly recognized estrogen receptor (ER) negative and HER2 negative breast cancer subtype that express basal epithelial genes and are associated with poor survival. Metaplastic carcinomas are thought to belong within the basal-like group. We have recently demonstrated that the small heat shock protein alphaB-crystallin is commonly(More)
Caspases are a conserved family of cell death proteases that cleave intracellular substrates at Asp residues to modify their function and promote apoptosis. In this report we identify the integrin beta4 subunit as a novel caspase substrate using an expression cloning strategy. Together with its alpha6 partner, alpha6beta4 integrin anchors epithelial cells(More)
We recently reported that the heparin (Hep) III domain of fibronectin contains the H2 cell adhesion site in repeat III5 which binds activated alpha4 integrins. We have now further characterized the heparin and cell binding activities of this domain. A recombinant fragment containing repeats III4-III5 (FN-III4-5) induced Jurkat cell adhesion upon integrin(More)
Sustained directional migration of epithelial cells is essential for regeneration of injured epithelia. Front-rear polarity of migrating cells is determined by local activation of a signaling network involving Cdc42 and other factors in response to spatial cues from the environment, the nature of which are obscure. We examined the roles of laminin (LM)-511(More)
Laminin (LM)-332 is an extracellular matrix protein that plays a structural role in normal tissues and is also important in facilitating recovery of epithelia from injury. We have shown that expression of LM-332 is up-regulated during renal epithelial regeneration after ischemic injury, but the molecular signals that control expression are unknown. Here, we(More)