Konstantina Alexandropoulos

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The highly invasive behavior of glioblastoma cells contributes to the morbidity and mortality associated with these tumors. The integrin-mediated adhesion and migration of glioblastoma cells on brain matrix proteins is enhanced by stimulation with growth factors, including platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF). As focal adhesion kinase (FAK), a nonreceptor(More)
To understand how protein-protein interactions mediated by the Src-SH3 domain affect c-Src signaling, we screened for proteins that interact with the Src-SH3. We found a novel protein, Sin (Src interacting or signal integrating protein), that binds to Src-SH3 with high affinity, contains numerous tyrosine residues in configurations suggestive of SH2-binding(More)
Thymic epithelial cells (TECs) are critical for the normal development and function of the thymus. Here, we examined the developmental stages of TECs using quantitative assessment of the cortical and medullary markers Keratin 5 and Keratin 8 (K5 and K8) respectively, in normal and gain/loss of function mutant animals. Gain of function mice overexpressed(More)
During thymocyte development bone marrow-derived precursors in the thymus undergo a series of differentiation steps to produce self-tolerant, mature T lymphocytes. The thymus contains two functionally distinct anatomical compartments, consisting of a centrally located medulla surrounded by the thymic cortex. These compartments in turn are comprised of two(More)
Axonal damage has been associated with aberrant protein trafficking. We examined a newly characterized class of compounds that target nucleo-cytoplasmic shuttling by binding to the catalytic groove of the nuclear export protein XPO1 (also known as CRM1, chromosome region maintenance protein 1). Oral administration of reversible CRM1 inhibitors in(More)
Stimulation of T cells through their antigen receptor induces a multitude of signaling networks that regulate T cell activation in the form of cytokine production and T cell proliferation. Multiple signal integration sites exist along these pathways in the form of multiprotein signaling complexes, the formation of which is facilitated by adapter and(More)
Our studies have concentrated on elucidating the role of the signaling protein Sin in T-lymphocyte function. We have previously shown that Sin overexpression inhibits T-lymphocyte development and activation. Here we show that Sin-deficient mice exhibit exaggerated immune responses characterized by enhanced cytokine secretion and T-cell-dependent antibody(More)
Leukocyte migration and trafficking is dynamically regulated by various chemokine and adhesion molecules and is vital to the proper function of the immune system. We describe a role for the Cas and Hef-1-associated signal transducer in hematopoietic cells (Chat-H) as a critical regulator of T lymphocyte migration, by using lentivirus-mediated RNA(More)
Twenty-eight individuals with familial schizophrenia, from 16 unrelated families (12 sibling pairs and 4 individuals whose siblings refused scanning), and 21 normal control subjects were examined by cerebral magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Measurements of the cerebrum, temporal lobes, and cerebral lateral ventricles were obtained using consecutive coronal(More)
Oncogenic Src proteins have been extensively studied to gain insight into the signaling mechanisms of Src. To better understand signaling through wild-type Src, we used an approach that involves activation of Src signaling through the binding of physiologic ligands to the Src SH3 domain. To this end, we used full-length and truncated versions of the(More)