Mitchell B Berkenpas

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Several lines of evidence suggest a link between the alpha7 neuronal nicotinic acetylcholine receptor (nAChR) and brain disorders including schizophrenia, Alzheimer's disease, and traumatic brain injury. The present work describes a novel molecule, 1-(5-chloro-2,4-dimethoxy-phenyl)-3-(5-methyl-isoxazol-3-yl)-urea (PNU-120596), which acts as a powerful(More)
We have previously shown that several protein kinases are present in higher activity levels in multidrug resistant cell lines, such as KB-V1. We have now isolated a gene that codes for a putative protein kinase, PKY, of over 130 kDa that is expressed at higher levels in multidrug-resistant cells. RNA from KB-V1 multidrug-resistant cells was(More)
Cultures of transformed fibroblasts actively involved in extracellular matrix degradation have been examined for initial activation of serine and metallo protease cascade systems. Rous sarcoma virus transformed chick embryo fibroblasts (RSVCEF), in contrast to transformed mammalian cells, produce active, two chain urokinase-type plasminogen activator(More)
Transformed cells produce elevated levels of the urokinase-type plasminogen activator (u-PA), which has been linked with the invasive or migratory phenotype of these cells. The u-PA is secreted and normally maintained in the inactive, single-chain form (scu-PA) and it has been assumed that natural activation occurs via a plasmin-mediated cleavage converting(More)
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