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In normal epithelial cells, cell-matrix interaction is required for cell survival and proliferation, whereas disruption of this interaction causes epithelial cells to undergo apoptosis called anoikis. Here we show that the small GTPase RhoG plays an important role in the regulation of anoikis. HeLa cells are capable of anchorage-independent cell growth and(More)
Ephrins and Eph receptors have key roles in regulation of cell migration during development. We found that the RacGAP beta2-chimaerin (chimerin) bound to EphA2 and EphA4 and inactivated Rac1 in response to ephrinA1 stimulation. EphA4 bound to beta2-chimaerin through its kinase domain and promoted binding of Rac1 to beta2-chimaerin. In addition, knockdown of(More)
Application of delta-aminolevulinic acid (ALA) results in the endogenous accumulation of protoporphyrin IX and is a useful approach in the photodynamic therapy (PDT) of cancers. To investigate the role of nitric oxide (NO) in the specific accumulation of protoporphyrin and ALA-induced PDT of cancerous cells, we transfected inducible-nitric oxide synthase(More)
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