Michele D. Vos

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Ras proteins regulate a wide range of biological processes by interacting with a broad assortment of effector proteins. Although activated forms of Ras are frequently associated with oncogenesis, they may also provoke growth-antagonistic effects. These include senescence, cell cycle arrest, differentiation, and apoptosis. The mechanisms that underlie these(More)
RASSF1A (Ras association domain family 1 isoform A) is a recently discovered tumor suppressor whose inactivation is implicated in the development of many human cancers. Although it can be inactivated by gene deletion or point mutations, the most common contributor to loss or reduction of RASSF1A function is transcriptional silencing of the gene by(More)
The high frequency with which the novel tumor suppressor RASSF1A is inactivated by promoter methylation suggests that it plays a key role in the development of many primary human tumors. Yet the mechanism of RASSF1A action remains unknown. We now show that RASSF1A associates with microtubules and that this association is essential for RASSF1A to mediate its(More)
The candidate tumor suppressor gene RASSF1A is inactivated in many types of adult and childhood cancers. However, the mechanisms by which RASSF1A exerts its tumor suppressive functions have yet to be elucidated. To this end, we performed a yeast two-hybrid screen to identify novel RASSF1A-interacting proteins in a human brain cDNA library. Seventy percent(More)
RASSF family proteins are tumor suppressors that are frequently downregulated during the development of human cancer. The best-characterized member of the family is RASSF1A, which is downregulated by promoter methylation in 40–90% of primary human tumors. We now identify and characterize a novel member of the RASSF family, RASSF6. Like the other family(More)
Activated Ras proteins interact with a broad range of effector proteins to induce a diverse series of biological consequences. Although typically associated with enhanced growth and transformation, activated Ras may also induce growth antagonistic effects such as senescence or apoptosis. It is now apparent that some of the growth-inhibitory properties of(More)
Ras oncoproteins mediate multiple biological effects by activating multiple effectors. Classically, Ras activation has been associated with enhanced cellular growth and transformation. However, activated forms of Ras may also inhibit growth by inducing senescence, apoptosis, and differentiation. Induction of apoptosis by Ras may be mediated by its effector(More)
The insulin-like growth factors (IGFs), IGF-I and IGF-II, are potent mitogens for human lung and other epithelial cancer cell lines. Previous studies in defined medium lacking added IGF or insulin suggest that an IGF-related ligand can act as an autocrine growth factor for many cancer cell lines through action via the type I IGF receptor (IGF-R). Analysis(More)
BACKGROUND Adrenomedullin is a secreted peptide hormone with multiple activities. Several reports have indicated that adrenomedullin may be involved in tumor survival, but this has not been directly shown. Here we evaluate the in vitro and in vivo effects of adrenomedullin overexpression in human breast cancer cells. METHODS The human breast cancer cell(More)