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Tumour cell dissemination through corporal fluids (blood, lymph and body cavity fluids) is a distinctive feature of the metastatic process. Tumour cell transition from fluid to adhesive conditions involves an early polarization event and major rearrangements of the submembrane cytoskeleton that remain poorly understood. As regulation of cortical(More)
We have examined the spatio-temporal dynamics of clathrin-mediated endocytosis (CME) during T lymphocyte polarization and migration. Near the plasma membrane, we detected heterogeneous arrangements of GFP-clathrin that were clustered predominantly at the uropod; some diffraction limited spots ( approximately 200 nm) and a major population of larger clathrin(More)
It is known that the chemokine receptor CXCR7 (RDC1) can be engaged by both chemokines CXCL12 (SDF-1) and CXCL11 (I-TAC), but the exact expression pattern and function of CXCR7 is controversial. CXCR7 expression seems to be enhanced during pathological inflammation and tumor development, and emerging data suggest this receptor is an attractive therapeutic(More)
Monocytes are versatile cells that can express different functional programs in response to microenvironmental signals. We show that primary blood monocytes secrete the CXCL12 chemokine, and express the CXCR4 and CXCR7 receptors, leading to an autocrine/paracrine loop that contribute to shape monocyte differentiation to a distinct type of macrophages, with(More)
Integrin LFA-1 is a receptor that is able to transmit multiple intracellular signals in leukocytes. Herein we show that LFA-1 induces a potent and transient increase in the activity of the small GTPase Rac-1 in T cells. Maximal Rac-1 activity peaked 10-15 min after LFA-1 stimulation and rapidly declined to basal levels at longer times. We have identified(More)
Initial adhesive contacts between T lymphocytes and dendritic cells (DCs) facilitate recognition of peptide-MHC complexes by the TCR. In this report, we studied the dynamic behavior of adhesion and Ag receptors on DCs during initial contacts with T-cells. Adhesion molecules LFA-1- and ICAM-1,3-GFP as well as MHC class II-GFP molecules were very rapidly(More)
ALCAM/CD166 is a member of the immunoglobulin superfamily of cell adhesion molecules (Ig-CAMs) which mediates intercellular adhesion through either homophilic (ALCAM–ALCAM) or heterophilic (ALCAM–CD6) interactions. ALCAM-mediated adhesion is crucial in different physiological and pathological phenomena, with particular relevance in leukocyte extravasation,(More)
We have examined the role of the small GTPase Rho and its downstream effector, the Rho-associated kinase (ROCK), in the control of the adhesive and signaling function of the lymphocyte function-associated antigen-1 (LFA-1) integrin in human T-lymphocytes. Inhibition of Rho (either by treatment with C3-exoenzyme or transfection with a dominant-negative form(More)
Lymphocyte function-associated antigen (LFA-1) is a member of the beta2 family of integrins that is selectively expressed on leukocytes. Herein, we show that Ca(2)(+) mobilizing agents A23187, thapsigargin, and ionomycin induce an increase in adhesion to the LFA-1 ligand intercellular adhesion molecule-1 (ICAM-1) and activation and redistribution of the(More)
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