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The two most common forms of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, affect approximately 1 million people in the United States. Uncontrolled APC reactivity toward commensal bacteria is implicated in the pathogenesis of the disease. A number of functionally distinct APC populations exist in the mucosal lamina propria (LP)(More)
The molecular mechanism for how RISC and microRNAs selectively and reversibly regulate mRNA translation in response to receptor signaling is unknown but could provide a means for temporal and spatial control of translation. Here we show that miR-125a targeting PSD-95 mRNA allows reversible inhibition of translation and regulation by gp1 mGluR signaling.(More)
BACKGROUND Opioids are the most widely used analgesics for the treatment of clinical pain. They produce their therapeutic effects by binding to mu-opioid receptors (MORs), which are 7 transmembrane domain (7TM) G-protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs), and inhibiting cellular activity. However, the analgesic efficacy of opioids is compromised by side-effects(More)
Signal regulatory protein α (SIRPα), a highly glycosylated type-1 transmembrane protein, is composed of three immunoglobulin-like extracellular loops as well as a cytoplasmic tail containing three classical tyrosine-based inhibitory motifs. Previous reports indicate that SIRPα binds to humoral pattern recognition molecules in the collectin family, namely(More)
CD95(APO-1 / Fas) ligand (CD95L) gene expression is critically involved in activation-induced T cell apoptosis. We and other have previously shown that HIV-1 Tat which is essential for efficient HIV gene expression sensitizes CD95-mediated apoptosis and up-regulates CD95L expression in T cells. In the present study we have investigated the regulatory(More)
Epithelial cell migration is a critical event in gastrointestinal mucosal wound healing and is dependent on actin cytoskeletal reorganization. We observed increased expression of an actin regulatory protein, annexin 2, in migrating intestinal epithelial cells. Small interfering RNA (siRNA)-mediated knockdown of annexin 2 expression in Caco-2 epithelial(More)
Human histocompatibility leukocyte antigen (HLA)-DO, a lysosomal resident major histocompatibility complex class II molecule expressed in B cells, has previously been shown to be a negative regulator of HLA-DM peptide loading function. We analyze the expression of DO in human peripheral blood, lymph node, tonsil, and bone marrow to determine if DO(More)
Intestinal epithelial intercellular junctions regulate barrier properties, and they have been linked to epithelial differentiation and programmed cell death (apoptosis). However, mechanisms regulating these processes are poorly defined. Desmosomes are critical elements of intercellular junctions; they are punctate structures made up of transmembrane(More)
Expression of the CD95 (APO-1/Fas) ligand (CD95L) in activated T cells is a major cause of activation-induced T cell apoptosis. The transcription factors NF-AT and Egr-3 (a member of the immediate-early transcription factors involved in cellular growth and differentiation) have been implicated in activation of the CD95L promoter upon T cell activation. On(More)
Expression of the CD95 (APO-1/Fas) ligand (CD95L) in activated T cells is a major cause of T cell activation-induced apoptosis. To study the molecular mechanisms of transcriptional control of CD95L expression in T cells, we investigated the human CD95L promoter in Jurkat T cells. Deletion studies revealed that the CD95L proximal promoter sequence from -220(More)