Julie M Ruston

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The glomerular filtration barrier in the kidney is formed in part by a specialized intercellular junction known as the slit diaphragm, which connects adjacent actin-based foot processes of kidney epithelial cells (podocytes). Mutations affecting a number of slit diaphragm proteins, including nephrin (encoded by NPHS1), lead to renal disease owing to(More)
The intracellular signaling targets used by mammalian axon guidance receptors to organize the nervous system in vivo are unclear. The Nck1 and Nck2 SH2/SH3 adaptors (collectively Nck) can couple phosphotyrosine (pTyr) signals to reorganization of the actin cytoskeleton and are therefore candidates for linking guidance cues to the regulatory machinery of the(More)
Pleckstrin homology (PH) domains are phosphoinositide (PI)-binding modules that target proteins to membrane surfaces. Here we define a family of PH domain proteins, including Tiam1 and ArhGAP9, that demonstrates specificity for PI(4,5)P(2), as well as for PI(3,4,5)P(3) and PI(3,4)P(2), the products of PI 3-kinase. These PH domain family members utilize a(More)
Within the glomerulus, the scaffolding protein nephrin bridges the actin-rich foot processes that extend from adjacent podocytes to form the slit diaphragm. Mutations affecting a number of slit diaphragm proteins, including nephrin, cause glomerular disease through rearrangement of the actin cytoskeleton and disruption of the filtration barrier. We recently(More)
Rho family GTPases are molecular switches best known for their pivotal role in dynamic regulation of the actin cytoskeleton. The prototypic members of this family are Cdc42, Rac1, and RhoA; these GTPases contribute to the breakdown of glomerular filtration and the resultant proteinuria, but their functions in normal podocyte physiology remain poorly(More)
The kidney filtration barrier is formed by the combination of endothelial cells, basement membrane and epithelial cells called podocytes. These specialized actin-rich cells form long and dynamic protrusions, the foot processes, which surround glomerular capillaries and are connected by specialized intercellular junctions, the slit diaphragms. Failure to(More)
The Lnk (Sh2b3) adaptor protein dampens the response of hematopoietic stem cells and progenitors (HSPCs) to a variety of cytokines by inhibiting JAK2 signaling. As a consequence, Lnk(-/-) mice develop hematopoietic hyperplasia, which progresses to a phenotype resembling the nonacute phase of myeloproliferative neoplasm. In addition, Lnk mutations have been(More)
Although Hematopoietic Stem and Progenitor Cell (HSPC) proliferation, survival and expansion have been shown to be supported by the cooperative action of different cytokines, little is known about the intracellular signaling pathways that are activated by cytokines upon binding to their receptors. Our study showed that Growth factor receptor-bound protein 2(More)
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