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Alix (ALG-2-interacting protein X) is a 95-kDa protein that interacts with an EF-hand type Ca(2+)-binding protein, ALG-2 (apoptosis-linked gene 2), through its C-terminal proline-rich region. In this study, we searched for proteins that interact with human AlixDeltaC (a truncated form not containing the C-terminal region) by using a yeast two-hybrid screen,(More)
SKD1 belongs to the AAA-ATPase family and is one of the mammalian class E Vps (vacuolar protein sorting) proteins. Previously we have reported that the overexpression of an ATPase activity-deficient form of SKD1 (suppressor of potassium transport growth defect), SKD1(E235Q), leads the perturbation of membrane transport through endosomes and lysosomes,(More)
T cells that encounter ocular pigment epithelium in vitro are inhibited from undergoing TCR-triggered activation, and instead acquire the capacity to suppress the activation of bystander T cells. Because retinal pigment epithelial (RPE) cells suppress T cell activation by releasing soluble inhibitory factors, we studied whether soluble factors also promote(More)
The processing of procathepsin L on the surfaces of physiological glycosaminoglycans, heparan sulfate, chondroitin sulfate, etc., as well as dextran derivatives were studied. All glycosaminoglycans and dextran derivatives including dextran T-500 and DEAE dextran examined in this study accelerated the conversion of procathepsin L to processed cathepsin L in(More)
TWEAK, a TNF family member, is produced by IFN-gamma-stimulated monocytes and induces multiple pathways of cell death, including caspase-dependent apoptosis, cathepsin B-dependent necrosis, and endogenous TNF-alpha-mediated cell death, in a cell type-specific manner. However, the TWEAK receptor(s) that mediates these multiple death pathways remains to be(More)
UNLABELLED Selective modulation of the secretion of proteinases and their inhibitors by growth factors in cultured differentiated podocytes. BACKGROUND Podocyte damage is considered to be an important factor in the development of glomerulosclerosis. Morphological studies on experimental models of progressive glomerular disease have identified the(More)
To determine the molecular mechanism by which apoptosis is inhibited in Trypanosoma cruzi-infected host cells, we used human cDNA apoptosis chips to compare the gene expression profiles in response with 'death ligands target' (Fas) stimulation in infected and uninfected cells. Of the 164 apoptosis-related genes examined, 20, including those encoding both(More)
Podocyte foot process effacement and disruption of the slit diaphragm are typically associated with glomerular proteinuria and can be induced in rats by the injection of puromycin aminonucleoside. Here, we show that the induction of puromycin aminonucleoside nephrosis involves podocyte migration conducted by a coordinated interplay between the cysteine(More)
Skeletal muscle atrophy caused by unloading is characterized by both decreased responsiveness to myogenic growth factors (e.g., insulin-like growth factor 1 [IGF-1] and insulin) and increased proteolysis. Here, we show that unloading stress resulted in skeletal muscle atrophy through the induction and activation of the ubiquitin ligase Cbl-b. Upon(More)
TWEAK, a recently identified member of the TNF family, is expressed on IFN-gamma-stimulated monocytes and induces cell death in certain tumor cell lines. In this study, we characterized the TWEAK-induced cell death in several tumor cell lines that exhibited distinct features. Although the TWEAK-induced cell death in Kym-1 cells was indirectly mediated by(More)