Mietek Wozniak

Learn More
BACKGROUND Matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) contribute to collagen degradation and remodeling of the extracellular matrix after myocardial infarction; however, their role in myocardial dysfunction immediately after ischemia and reperfusion is unknown. METHODS AND RESULTS We measured the release of MMPs into the coronary effluent of isolated, perfused rat(More)
The in vivo ligand-binding function and ligand-binding activity of the Drosophila melanogaster retinoid-X receptor (RXR) ortholog, ultraspiracle, toward natural farnesoid products of the ring gland were assessed. Using an equilibrium fluorescence-binding assay, farnesoid products in the juvenile hormone (JH) biosynthesis pathway, and their epoxy(More)
The widely accepted paradigm that epoxidized methyl farnesoates ("juvenile hormones," JHs) are the principal sesquiterpenoid hormones regulating insect metamorphosis was assessed in Drosophila melanogaster. GC-MS analysis of circulating methyl farnesoids during the mid to late 3rd instar showed that methyl farnesoate is predominant over methyl(More)
We have recently found matrix metalloproteinase-2 (MMP-2) in human platelets and reported that the release of this enzyme during platelet activation stimulates aggregation. We have now identified matrix metalloproteinase-9 (MMP-9) in human platelets and resistance-sized (approximately 200 microm) arteries. Resting platelets released small quantities of(More)
Two major isoforms of juvenile hormone esterase (JH esterase) from metamorphosing larvae of Trichoplusia ni were characterized with respect to isoform variation, glycosylation (lectin reactivity) and hormonal induction. Both forms are similarly inducible by juvenile hormone, and both become similarly glycosylated, as measured by concanavalin A binding. In(More)
We have previously shown that human platelets express matrix metalloproteinase-2 (MMP-2) and that the release of this enzyme during platelet activation mediates the ADP- and thromboxane-independent part of aggregation. We have now used immunogold electron microscopy, flow cytometry. Western blot analysis and zymography methods to study the ultrastructural(More)
The identification of potential endogenous or synthetic ligands for orphan receptors in the steroid receptor superfamily is important both for discerning endogenous regulatory pathways and for designing receptor inhibitors. The insect nuclear receptor Ultraspiracle (USP), an ortholog of vertebrate RXR, has long been treated as an orphan receptor. We have(More)
BACKGROUND Matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs), especially MMP-2 and MMP-9, play an important role in tumor invasion and metastasis. This study aimed to determine the serum levels of MMP-2, MMP-9, 130- and 225-kDa gelatinolytic bands and conventional tumor markers, carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) and cancer antigen (CA) 19-9, in patients with gastrointestinal(More)
In view of recent studies that the ligand-binding pocket of the Drosophila melanogaster nuclear hormone receptor, ultraspiracle (dUSP), is a necessary component of dUSP-dependent transcriptional activation by methyl epoxyfarnesoate, we have assessed qualitative differences in the effect of farnesoid and dodecanoid compounds on receptor conformation and(More)
The two major electrophoretic forms (pI 5.5, 5.3) of juvenile hormone esterase were independently isolated from hemolymph of larval Trichoplusia ni. A simple and rapid preparation procedure of poly(ethylene glycol) precipitation, Sephadex gel filtration and chromatofocusing is described. Analytical isoelectric focusing showed only one peak of juvenile(More)