R. Bryan Klassen

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Although several heavy metal toxins are delivered to the kidney on the carrier protein metallothionein (MT), uncertainty as to how MT enters proximal tubular cells limits treatment strategies. Prompted by reports that MT-I interferes with renal uptake of the megalin ligand beta(2)-microglobulin in conscious rats, we tested the hypothesis that megalin binds(More)
Megalin is a multiligand receptor heavily involved in protein endocytosis. We recently demonstrated that megalin binds and mediates internalization of ANG II. Although there is a strong structural resemblance between ANG II and ANG-(1-7), their physiological actions and their affinity for the angiotensin type 1 receptor (AT(1)R) are dissimilar. Therefore,(More)
Serum proteins are routinely used to diagnose diseases, but are hard to find due to low sensitivity in screening the serum proteome. Public repositories of microarray data, such as the Gene Expression Omnibus (GEO), contain RNA expression profiles for more than 16,000 biological conditions, covering more than 30% of United States mortality. We hypothesized(More)
Megalin is an abundant membrane protein heavily involved in receptor-mediated endocytosis. The major functions of megalin in vivo remain incompletely defined as megalin typically faces specialized milieus such as glomerular filtrate, airways, epididymal fluid, thyroid colloid, and yolk sac fluid, which lack many of its known ligands. In the course of(More)
Cubilin and megalin are giant glycoprotein receptors abundant on the luminal surface of proximal tubular cells of the kidney. We showed previously that light chains are a ligand for cubilin. As cubilin and megalin share a number of common ligands, we further investigated the ligand specificity of these receptors. Three lines of evidence suggest that light(More)
Publication of the human proteome has prompted efforts to develop high-throughput techniques that can catalogue and quantify proteins and peptides present in different tissue types. The field of proteomics aims to identify, quantify, analyze, and functionally define a large number of proteins in cellular processes in different disease states on a global(More)