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Astrocytes have a critical role in the neuronal response to ischemia, as their production of neurotrophic mediators can favorably impact on the extreme sensitivity of nervous tissue to oxygen deprivation. Using a differential display method, a novel putative RNA binding protein, RA301, was cloned from reoxygenated astrocytes. Analysis of the deduced amino(More)
We have characterized the proximal promoter region of the human COL11A1 gene. Transient transfection assays indicate that the segment from -199 to +1 is necessary for the activation of basal transcription. Electrophoretic mobility shift assays (EMSAs) demonstrated that the ATTGG sequence, within the -147 to -121 fragment, is critical to bind nuclear(More)
We report that dermatopontin (DP), an abundant dermal extracellular matrix protein, is found in the fibrin clot and in the wound fluid, which comprise the provisional matrix at the initial stage of wound healing. DP was also found in the serum but at a lower concentration than that in wound fluid. DP co-localized with both fibrin and fibronectin on fibrin(More)
The serum level of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) is useful as a clinical marker for diagnosis and assessment of the progression of prostate cancer, and in evaluating the effectiveness of treatment. We characterized four Sp1/Sp3 binding sites in the proximal promoter of the PSA gene. In a luciferase assay, these sites contributed to the basal promoter(More)
The third alpha-chain of type V collagen, alpha3(V) chain, was initially identified in the placenta more than 20 years ago, but was poorly characterized with regard to its expression and function. We generated a specific monoclonal antibody against the N-terminal domain of the pro-alpha3(V) chain and examined gene expression using immunohistochemical(More)
BACKGROUND Epiplakin (EPPK) belongs to the plakin family of cytolinker proteins and, resembling other members of the plakin family such as BPAG1 (an autoantigen of bullous pemphigoid) and plectin, EPPK has plakin repeat domains (PRDs) that bind to intermediate filaments. Elimination of EPPK by gene targeting in mice resulted in the acceleration of(More)
Dermatopontin, an extracellular matrix component initially purified from bovine dermis, promoted cell adhesion of the human epidermal keratinocyte cell line (HaCaT cells). HaCaT cells spread on dermatopontin and formed actin fibers. Adhesion of HaCaT cells to dermatopontin was inhibited by both EDTA and heparin and was mediated in part by alpha3beta1(More)
Dermatopontin (DP) is a small extracellular matrix component in the dermis. Fibrin is a major component of a provisional matrix that is formed just after wounding. Previously, we found that DP was present in the provisional matrix, and it interacted with fibrin. Here, we examined the role of DP on fibrin function. DP interacted with both the fibrin monomer(More)
BACKGROUND Dermatopontin (DP), a small extracellular matrix protein, interacts with both fibrinogen and fibrin. DP accelerates fibrin fibril formation and enhances cell adhesion to fibrin fibrils but DP does not influence fibrinogen fibril formation. We have previously demonstrated that DP-4 (PHGQVVVAVRS) is a functional dermatopontin peptide (Wu et al.,(More)
Since the dentine is analogous to bone, its extracellular matrix shares many similarities to bone tissues. Similar to the bone, type I collagen is the major organic component in dentine. However, little is known about minor fibrillar collagens, which seem to be co-expressed such as type I or II collagen. The present study examined the gene expression of(More)