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The forkhead box (FOX) transcription factor FOXM1 is ubiquitously expressed in proliferating cells. FOXM1 expression peaks at the G2/M phase of the cell cycle and its functional deficiency in mice leads to defects in mitosis. To investigate the role of FOXM1 in the cell cycle, we used synchronized hTERT-BJ1 fibroblasts to examine the cell cycle-dependent(More)
VCY2 is a testis-specific protein that locates in a frequently deleted azoospermia factor c region on chromosome Yq. Although its genomic structure has been characterized, the function of VCY2 is still unknown. To gain insight regarding the likely function of VCY2, we investigated the proteins that interact with VCY2 using the yeast two-hybrid system. We(More)
The RAS-RAF-MEK-extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK) pathway plays a pivotal role in various cellular responses, including cellular growth, differentiation, survival and motility. Constitutive activation of the ERK pathway has been linked to the development and progression of human cancers. Here, we reported that mitogen-activated protein kinase(More)
Transforming growth factor (TGF)-β-activating kinase 1 (TAK1) is a serine/threonine kinase which is frequently associated with human cancer progression. However, its functional role in tumorigenesis is still controversial. Here, we report that TAK1 enhances the oncogenic capacity of ovarian cancer cells through the activation of NF-κB signaling. We found(More)
MOTIVATION The interaction between transcription factor (TF) and transcription factor binding site (TFBS) is essential for gene regulation. Mutation in either the TF or the TFBS may weaken their interaction and thus result in abnormalities. To maintain such vital interaction, a mutation in one of the interacting partners might be compensated by a(More)
Our laboratory has recently demonstrated a melatonin MT1 receptor-mediated antiproliferative signaling mechanism in androgen receptor (AR)-positive prostate epithelial cells which involves up-regulation of p27(Kip1) through dual activation of Gα(s)/protein kinase A (PKA) and Gα(q)/protein kinase C (PKC) in parallel, and down-regulation of activated AR(More)
Mammalian cell culture technology has been used for decades in mass production of therapeutic proteins. However, unrestricted cell proliferation usually results in low-protein productivity. Controlled proliferation technologies such as metabolism intervention and genetic manipulation are therefore applied to enhance the productivity. Nevertheless, these(More)
VCY2 locates in the AZFc region on chromosome Yq and is frequently deleted in infertile men with severe oligozoospermia or azoospermia. VCY2 is a testis-specific protein with unknown function. This study was to identify the protein that interacts with VCY2. We used the full-length VCY2 as bait to screen the human testis cDNA library using yeast two-hybrid(More)
Transcriptional coactivators are essential mediators of signal amplification in the regulation of gene expression in response to hormones and extracellular signals. We previously identified Bridge-1 (PSMD9) as a PDZ-domain coregulator that augments insulin gene transcription via interactions with the basic helix-loop-helix transcription factors E12 and E47,(More)
Well-orchestrated transcriptional regulation of pancreatic beta cells is essential for insulin production and glucose homeostasis. Pancreas duodenum homeobox-1 (PDX-1) is a key regulator of glucose-dependent insulin production and glucose metabolism. We find that PDX-1 interacts with the PDZ-domain coactivator Bridge-1 in yeast interaction trap assays. Rat(More)