Pieter J Rijken

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A ratio-fluorescence assay was developed for on-line localization and quantification of lipid oxidation in living cells. The assay explores the oxidative sensitivity of C11-BODIPY(581/591). Upon oxidation, the fluorescence of this fluorophore shifts from red to green. The probe incorporates readily into cellular membranes and is about twice as sensitive to(More)
Several studies have shown that altered gravity conditions influence mammalian cell growth and differentiation. The molecular mechanisms underlying these effects, however, remain relatively obscure. In this paper we show that microgravity reached in a sounding rocket strongly decreases epidermal growth factor (EGF)-induced expression of the proto-oncogenes(More)
Glycerophospholipids are the most abundant membrane lipid constituents in most eukaryotic cells. As a consequence, phospholipid class and acyl chain homeostasis are crucial for maintaining optimal physical properties of membranes that in turn are crucial for membrane function. The topic of this review is our current understanding of membrane phospholipid(More)
Several observations have indicated that clustering of growth factor receptors plays an important role in the action of growth factors. In this investigation, we have used the label fracture method to study the effects of epidermal growth factor (EGF) on the lateral distribution of its receptors in A431 epidermoid carcinoma cells. This method allows a(More)
Fructans are a group of fructose-based oligo- and polysaccharides. They are proposed to be involved in membrane protection of plants during dehydration. In accordance with this hypothesis, they show an interaction with hydrated lipid model systems. However, the structural requirements for this interaction are not known both with respect to the fructans as(More)
Epidermal growth factor (EGF) is a single polypeptide of 53 amino acid residues which is involved in the regulation of cell proliferation. Egf exerts its effects in the target cells by binding to the plasma membrane located EGF receptor. The EGF receptor is a transmembrane protein tyrosine kinase. Binding of EGF to the receptor causes activation of the(More)
Epidermal growth factor (EGF) activates a well-characterized signal transduction cascade in human A431 epidermal carcinoma cells. Among the early responses evoked by EGF are receptor clustering, cell rounding, and early gene expression. These processes have been studied under various gravity conditions. In addition, we have investigated signalling(More)
Sulfhydryl (SH) reagents are known to influence the characteristics of many ligand-receptor systems. The SH reagent N-ethylmaleimide has been demonstrated to interact with EGF receptors, and to inhibit EGF receptor kinase activity. The data presented in this paper concern the effect of SH reagents on two intriguing features of the EGF receptor system,(More)
Double immunofluorescence microscopy reveals that epidermal growth factor (EGF) treatment of A431 cells results in more apparent co-localization of EGF receptor (EGFR) and actin filaments, as compared to control cells. This indicates that EGF induces actin polymerization as well as additional association of the EGFR with similar sites on the(More)