Mary F Pilkington

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RANK ligand (RANKL) induces activation of NFkappaB, enhancing the formation, resorptive activity, and survival of osteoclasts. Ca(2+) transduces many signaling events, however, it is not known whether the actions of RANKL involve Ca(2+) signaling. We investigated the effects of RANKL on rat osteoclasts using microspectrofluorimetry and patch clamp. RANKL(More)
We have characterized the effects of the antimitotic drug paclitaxel (Taxol(TM)) on the Ca(2+) signaling cascade of terminally differentiated mouse pancreatic acinar cells. Using single cell fluorescence techniques and whole-cell patch clamping to record cytosolic Ca(2+) and plasma membrane Ca(2+)-dependent Cl(-) currents, we find that paclitaxel abolishes(More)
The alpha(v)beta(3) integrin is abundantly expressed in osteoclasts and has been implicated in the regulation of osteoclast function, especially in cell attachment. However, in vivo studies have shown that echistatin, an RGD-containing disintegrin which binds to alpha(v)beta(3), inhibits bone resorption without changing the number of osteoclasts on the bone(More)
Wortmannin (WT) and 17beta-hydroxywortmannin (HWT), which are inhibitors of phosphatidylinositol-3(OH)-kinase (PI3K), have been shown previously to inhibit bone resorption in vitro and in vivo, possibly by interfering with formation of the osteoclast ruffled border. Since migration of osteoclasts also plays an important role in the process of bone(More)
Transforming growth factor-beta (TGF-beta) is released from the matrix during bone resorption and has been implicated in the pathogenesis of giant cell tumors of bone and the expansion of breast cancer metastases in bone. Because osteoclasts mediate tumor-induced osteolysis, we investigated whether TGF-beta stimulates osteoclast recruitment. Osteoclasts(More)
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