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The nuclear functions of NF-kappaB p50/RelA heterodimers are regulated in part by posttranslational modifications of its RelA subunit, including phosphorylation and acetylation. Acetylation at lysines 218, 221, and 310 differentially regulates RelA's DNA binding activity, assembly with IkappaBalpha, and transcriptional activity. However, it remains unclear(More)
Angiogenesis is regulated by both soluble growth factors and cellular interactions with the extracellular matrix (ECM). While cell adhesion via integrins has been shown to be required for angiogenesis, the effects of quantitative changes in cell adhesion and spreading against the ECM remain less clear. Here, we show that angiogenic sprouting in natural and(More)
Bone is accrued and maintained primarily through the coupled actions of bone-forming osteoblasts and bone-resorbing osteoclasts. Cumulative in vitro studies indicated that proline-rich tyrosine kinase 2 (PYK2) is a positive mediator of osteoclast function and activity. However, our investigation of PYK2-/- mice did not reveal evidence supporting an(More)
Synthetic glucocorticoids are among the most effective anti-inflammatory drugs available. The activity of this drug class is mediated by the glucocorticoid receptor, a nuclear steroid receptor whose endogenous ligand is the adrenal hormone cortisol. Chronic glucocorticoid treatment is accompanied by serious side-effects, reflecting the symptoms of cortisol(More)
The PYK2 tyrosine kinase is a negative regulator of bone formation, but aside from the requirement for PYK2 kinase activity there has been little progress toward understanding of the molecular mechanism involved in this function. To gain insight into the signaling pathways modulated by PYK2 we sought to identify PYK2 substrates. Challenges inherent to a(More)
Small vessel vasculitis is a life-threatening condition and patients typically present with renal and pulmonary injury. Disease pathogenesis is associated with neutrophil accumulation, activation, and oxidative damage, the latter being driven in large part by myeloperoxidase (MPO), which generates hypochlorous acid among other oxidants. MPO has been(More)
Proline-rich tyrosine kinase 2 (PYK2) is a cytoplasmic, non-receptor tyrosine kinase implicated in multiple signaling pathways. It is a negative regulator of osteogenesis and considered a viable drug target for osteoporosis treatment. The high-resolution structures of the human PYK2 kinase domain with different inhibitor complexes establish the conventional(More)
Signaling by the B cell receptor (BCR) promotes integrin-mediated adhesion and cytoskeletal reorganization. This results in B cell spreading, which enhances the ability of B cells to bind antigens and become activated. Proline-rich tyrosine kinase (Pyk2) and focal adhesion kinase (FAK) are related cytoplasmic tyrosine kinases that regulate cell adhesion,(More)
This work addresses the link between selectivity and an unusual, folded conformation for the P-loop observed initially for MAP4K4 and subsequently for other kinases. Statistical and computational analyses of our crystal structure database demonstrate that inhibitors that induce the P-loop folded conformation tend to be more selective, especially if they(More)