Maria O Prat

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Ghrelin is an acyl-peptide gastric hormone acting on the pituitary and hypothalamus to stimulate growth hormone (GH) release, adiposity, and appetite. Ghrelin endocrine activities are entirely dependent on its acylation and are mediated by GH secretagogue (GHS) receptor (GHSR)-1a, a G protein-coupled receptor mostly expressed in the pituitary and(More)
Hepatocyte growth factor, also known as scatter factor, is a pleiotropic cytokine, which stimulates cell motility, invasion, proliferation, survival and morphogenesis, and induces the expression of specific genes by activating its receptor tyrosine kinase. In this work we have isolated, characterized and used as agonists two monoclonal antibodies (mAbs)(More)
Hepatocyte growth factor (HGF), a pleiotropic cytokine of mesenchymal origin promoting migration, proliferation, and survival in a wide spectrum of cells, can also modulate different biological responses in stem cells, but the mechanisms involved are not completely understood so far. In this context, we show that short-term exposure of mesenchymal stem(More)
The human c-MET oncogene encodes a transmembrane tyrosine kinase (p190c-met) with structural and functional features of a growth-factor receptor. Monoclonal antibodies (MAbs) have been used to investigate the distribution of the c-Met protein in human normal and neoplastic tissues. By immunofluorescence microscopy homogeneous expression was detected in(More)
The MET proto-oncogene encodes a transmembrane tyrosine kinase of 190 kDa (p190MET), which has recently been identified as the receptor for hepatocyte growth factor/scatter factor. p190MET is a heterodimer composed of two disulfide-linked chains of 50 kDa (p50 alpha) and 145 kDa (p145 beta). We have produced four different monoclonal antibodies that are(More)
Protein tyrosine kinases are crucially involved in the control of cell proliferation. Therefore, the regulation of their activity in both normal and neoplastic cells has been under intense scrutiny. The product of the MET oncogene is a transmembrane receptorlike tyrosine kinase with a unique disulfide-linked heterodimeric structure. Here we show that the(More)
The c-met oncogene encodes the receptor for hepatocyte growth factor/scatter factor (HGF/SF), a multifunctional cytokine able to mediate morphogenesis as well as mitogenesis, motogenesis and invasiveness of epithelial cells. HGF/SF has been implicated in branching tubulogenesis of the developing kidney and in regeneration after renal injury and nephrectomy.(More)
Hepatocyte Growth Factor (HGF) receptor, encoded by the protooncogene c-met, is overexpressed in many human tumours, including those of thyroid epithelium. The absence in most cases of any primary structural abnormality of the met gene suggests that overexpression is secondary to mutation of other gene(s). To test this hypothesis we investigated the effect(More)
The receptor for the growth and motility factor, hepatocyte growth factor/scatter factor (HGF/SF), is a transmembrane tyrosine kinase encoded by the MET oncogene. Previous work has shown that receptor phosphorylation on tyrosine is critical for both kinase activation and association with intracellular signal transducers. In this paper, we report that a(More)
The receptor for hepatocyte growth factor/scatter factor (HGF/SF) is an alpha beta tyrosine kinase of 190 kDa which mediates growth and motility in several cell types. We have previously shown that tyrosine autophosphorylation enhances the receptor kinase activity, while serine phosphorylation by protein kinase C or other Ca(2+)-dependent kinase(s) is(More)