Paola Mina-Osorio

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Aminopeptidase N (CD13) is a widely expressed ectoenzyme with functions that do not always depend on its enzymatic activity: an aspect that has been overlooked. Numerous CD13-targeting tools have been developed in the last few years. Several of them are already undergoing clinical trials, and there are promising reports on the effectiveness of others in(More)
During inflammation, cell surface adhesion molecules guide the adhesion and migration of circulating leukocytes across the endothelial cells lining the blood vessels to access the site of injury. The transmembrane molecule CD13 is expressed on monocytes and endothelial cells and has been shown to mediate homotypic cell adhesion, which may imply a role for(More)
Aminopeptidase N (E.C. is a membrane-bound metalloproteinase expressed in many tissues. Although its cytoplasmic portion has only eight amino acids, cross-linking of CD13 by monoclonal antibodies (mAb) has been shown to trigger intracellular signaling. A functional association between CD13 and receptors for immunoglobulin G (FcgammaRs) has been(More)
Homotypic aggregation (HA) of cells plays key roles in physiological and pathological processes, such as embryogenesis, immune responses, angiogenesis, tumor cell invasion, and metastasis. Aminopeptidase N (CD13) has been implicated in most of these phenomena, although its participation has been attributed to its enzymatic activity, while its role as an(More)
CD13/aminopeptidase N is a transmembrane peptidase that is induced in the vasculature of solid tumors and is a potent angiogenic regulator. Here, we demonstrate that CD13 controls endothelial cell invasion in response to the serum peptide bradykinin by facilitating signal transduction at the level of the plasma membrane. Inhibition of CD13 abrogates(More)
Leukocyte membrane receptors for the Fc portion of Igs (FcRs) link antigen recognition by antibodies to effector functions involved in immune phenomena, from pathogen elimination to autoimmunity. Moreover, they also signal for the synthesis and secretion of cytokines and chemokines, thus having a role in immune homeostasis. Even though the structural and(More)
We recently reported that anti-CD13 mAbs induce homotypic aggregation of monocytic cells. This phenomenon is signal transduction dependent and does not require CD13 aminopeptidase activity. Since CD13 is heavily glycosylated and a member of the galectin family (galectin-4) has been shown to associate with CD13 in the intestinal epithelium, we hypothesized(More) Updated information and services can be found at: (2497 articles) Hemostasis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology • (143 articles) Cytoskeleton • (790 articles) Cell Adhesion and Motility • Articles on similar topics can be found in the following Blood collections(More)
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