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Murine haematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) are contained in the Kit+Sca1+Lin(-) (KSL) population of bone marrow and are able to repopulate lethally irradiated mice. Myeloproliferative disorders (MPDs) are thought to be clonogenic diseases arising at the level of the HSC. Here, we show that mice expressing low levels of the transcription factor c-Myb, as the(More)
This review summarises some of the key developments that have taken place in our understanding of platelet-collagen interactions within the last 18 months. Within this time, the major activatory collagen receptor glycoprotein VI (GPVI) has been sequenced and shown to reconstitute collagen responses in a megakaryocytic cell line. It is a member of the Ig(More)
The snake venom toxin convulxin activates platelets through the collagen receptor glycoprotein VI (GPVI)/Fc receptor gamma-chain (FcR gamma-chain) complex leading to tyrosine phosphorylation and activation of the tyrosine Syk and phospholipase Cgamma2 (PLCgamma2). In the present study, we demonstrate that convulxin is a considerably more powerful agonist(More)
The major activation-inducing collagen receptor glycoprotein VI (GPVI) has been cloned within the last two years. It is a member of the Ig superfamily of proteins and is constitutively associated with the ITAM-bearing Fc receptor gamma-chain (FcR gamma-chain). GPVI signals through a pathway that involves several of the proteins used by Fc, B- and(More)
A large proportion of the biologically active proteins and peptides present within snake venoms interact with components of the haemostatic system to promote or inhibit the normal sequence of events that lead to clot formation. The venom proteins achieve their effects through interaction with various components of the coagulation cascade, endothelial matrix(More)
BACKGROUND Prostaglandin (PG) signaling has been implicated in embryonic implantation in several animal species including humans; however, this knowledge has not yet been clinically translated. The objective of this work is to investigate whether PGE2 and PGF2α in endometrial fluid (EF) can be used as biomarkers of human embryonic implantation. PATIENTS(More)
OBJECTIVES GPIIb integrin expression has been found on platelets and megakaryocytes, and more recently on immature hematopoietic progenitors. We set out to investigate expression of GPIIb in other hematopoietic cell lineages and, having detected it on mast cells, aimed to determine what possible role it might perform. METHODS We have made use of cultured(More)
This study examined the expression of the platelet collagen receptor glycoprotein VI (GPVI) in megakaryocyte cell lines and primary megakaryocytes by reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction and by flow cytometry and ligand blotting using the snake venom toxin convulxin. Expression of GPVI is increased in the megakaryoblastic cell lines HEL and CMK(More)
B-Myb is an essential transcription factor involved in control of the cell cycle and the regulation of tissue-specific gene expression in a wide range of cell types. Loss of both alleles results in early embryonic lethality at E4.5-6.5. To address the function of B-Myb in later stages of embryogenesis and in specific adult tissues, a floxed B-myb allele(More)
BACKGROUND Glycoprotein (GP)VI is the major signaling receptor for collagen on platelets and signals via the associated FcRgamma-chain, which has an immunoreceptor tyrosine-containing activation motif (ITAM). OBJECTIVE To determine why GPVI-FcRgamma signals poorly, or not at all, in response to collagen in hematopoietic cell lines, despite robust(More)