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Centrosomes organize microtubule (MT) arrays and are comprised of centrioles surrounded by ordered pericentriolar proteins. Centrioles are barrel-shaped structures composed of MTs, and as basal bodies they template the formation of cilia/flagella. Defects in centriole assembly can lead to ciliopathies and genome instability. The assembly of procentrioles(More)
The major seed storage proteins of maize (Zea mays) and bean (Phaseolus vulgaris), zein and phaseolin, accumulate in the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) and in storage vacuoles, respectively. We show here that a chimeric protein composed of phaseolin and 89 amino acids of gamma-zein, including the repeated and the Pro-rich domains, maintains the main(More)
Supplemental Table S1. Proteins identified by mass spectrometry of whole protein mixtures of purified TuRC from asynchronous and mitotic cells. The proteins are listed with the number of unique peptides. Proteins that are listed in Table 1 are shaded in grey. Supplemental Figure S1. The GCP8 antibody recognizes both GCP8A and GCP8B with similar efficiency.(More)
Proper assembly and function of a bipolar mitotic spindle is crucial for faithful bidirectional chromosome segregation during cell division. In animal cells, the two poles of the mitotic spindle are organized by centrosomes, microtubule-organizing structures composed of a pair of centrioles surrounded by the so-called pericentriolar material. Proteomic(More)
D2A-Ala is a synthetic peptide that has been created by introducing mutations in the original D2A sequence, 130IQEGEEGRPKDDR142 of human urokinase receptor (uPAR). In vitro, D2A-Ala peptide displays strong anti-tumoural properties inhibiting EGF-induced chemotaxis, invasion and proliferation of a human fibrosarcoma cell line, HT 1080, and a human colorectal(More)
The γ-tubulin complex is a multi-subunit protein complex that nucleates microtubule polymerization. γ-Tubulin complexes are present in all eukaryotes, but size and subunit composition vary. In Drosophila, Xenopus, and humans large γ-tubulin ring complexes (γTuRCs) have been described, which have a characteristic open ring-shaped structure and are composed(More)
The urokinase receptor (uPAR) stimulates cell proliferation by forming a macromolecular complex with αvβ3 integrin and the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR, ErbB1 or HER1) that we name the uPAR proliferasome. uPAR transactivates EGFR, which in turn mediates uPAR-initiated mitogenic signal to the cell. EGFR activation and EGFR-dependent cell growth are(More)
The urokinase receptor (uPAR) was originally identified as the membrane receptor of the serine protease urokinase (uPA), thereby implicated in the plasminogen activation cascade and regulation of pericellular proteolysis. Later on, vitronectin was showed to be another major ligand providing uPAR with a role in cell adhesion. Other unrelated ligands have(More)
The N-terminal proline-rich domain (Zera<sup>&#x00AE;</sup>) of the maize storage protein &#x03B3;-zein is a self-assembling domain produced and patented by EraBiotech, which can be fused with proteins of interest. Aqueous two-phase system (ATPS) is a biocompatible method for protein purification, without denaturation or loss of biological activity due to(More)
The urokinase receptor (uPAR) is a multifunctional glycosylphosphatidylinositol-anchored protein that regulates important processes such as gene expression, cell proliferation, adhesion, migration, invasion, and metastasis. uPAR is an essential component of the plasminogen activation cascade, a protease receptor that binds the urokinase-type plasminogen(More)
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