Philip B Komarnitsky

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The activities of several mRNA processing factors are coupled to transcription through binding to RNA polymerase II (Pol II). The largest subunit of Pol II contains a repetitive carboxy-terminal domain (CTD) that becomes highly phosphorylated during transcription. mRNA-capping enzyme binds only to phosphorylated CTD, whereas other processing factors may(More)
Inorganic arsenic trioxide (As(2)O(3)) is a highly effective treatment for acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL). However, other cancers do not respond well to this form of arsenic at clinically achievable doses. We tested a novel arsenical, S-dimethylarsino-glutathione (darinaparsin) for efficacy in various malignancies in vitro. Darinaparsin is significantly(More)
The yeast transcriptional activator ADR1, which is required for ADH2 and peroxisomal gene expression, contains four separable and partially redundant activation domains (TADs). Mutations in ADA2 or GCN5, encoding components of the ADA coactivator complex involved in histone acetylation, severely reduced LexA-ADR1-TAD activation of a LexA-lacZ reporter gene.(More)
PURPOSE Darinaparsin, an organic arsenic, targets essential cell survival pathways. We determined the dose-limiting toxicity (DLT) and maximum tolerated dose of darinaparsin in patients with advanced cancer. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN Patients with solid malignancies refractory to conventional therapies were treated with i.v. darinaparsin daily for 5 days every(More)
In yeast, the TBP-associated factors (TAFs) Taf17, Taf60, and Taf61(68) resemble histones H3, H4, and H2B, respectively. To analyze their roles in vivo, conditional alleles were isolated by mutagenizing their histone homology domains. Conditional alleles of TAF17 or TAF60 can be specifically suppressed by overexpression of any of the other histone-like(More)
Many questions remain concerning the role of TFIID TBP-associated factors (TAFs) in transcription, including whether TAFs are required at most or only a small subset of promoters. It was shown previously that three histone-like TAFs are broadly required for transcription, but interpretation of this observation is complicated because these proteins are(More)
PURPOSE This study evaluated the safety, tolerability, pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, and antitumor activity of ficlatuzumab, a humanized hepatocyte growth factor (HGF) inhibitory monoclonal antibody, as monotherapy in patients with advanced solid tumors and liver metastases. PATIENTS AND METHODS Patients with p-Met (phosphorylated c-Met)-positive(More)
8501 Background: Darinaparsin (ZIO-101) is a novel organic arsenical active against diverse cancers in vitro, and in vivo. Darinaparsin i.v. activity in lymphoma is being evaluated in a phase II study. Darinaparsin is orally bioavailable; the oral form is being investigated in two phase I studies in patients with advanced malignancies. METHODS Phase II(More)
The yeast transcriptional activator ADR1, which is required for ADH2 and other genes' expression, contains four transactivation domains (TADs). While previous studies have shown that these TADs act through GCN5 and ADA2, and presumably TFIIB, other factors are likely to be involved in ADR1 function. In this study, we addressed the question of whether TFIID(More)
Humanized KS-interleukin-2 (huKS-IL2), an immunocytokine with specificity for epithelial cell adhesion molecule (EpCAM), has demonstrated favorable tolerability and immunologic activity as a single agent. Phase 1b study in patients with EpCAM-positive advanced solid tumors to determine the maximum tolerated dose (MTD) and safety profile of huKS-IL2 in(More)