Rheem D. Medh

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Although the immunosuppressive drugs FK506, rapamycin and cyclosporin A have been reported to potentiate transcriptional activation mediated by a non-saturating concentration of the glucocorticoid receptor agonist dexamethasone, the precise mechanism(s) underlying these responses remains unclear. The murine L-929-derived LMCAT cell line stably transfected(More)
Three closely related clones of leukemic lymphoid CEM cells were compared for their gene expression responses to the glucocorticoid dexamethasone (Dex). All three contained receptors for Dex, but only two responded by undergoing apoptosis. After a time of exposure to Dex that ended late in the interval preceding onset of apoptosis, gene microarray analyses(More)
Glucocorticoids are well-known apoptotic agents in certain classes of lymphoid cell malignancies. Reduction of intracellular polyamine levels by use of inhibitors that block polyamine synthesis slows or inhibits growth of many cells in vitro. Several such inhibitors have shown efficacy in clinical trials, though the toxicity of some compounds has limited(More)
Glucocorticoid (GC)-evoked apoptosis of T-lymphoid cells is preceded by increases in the intracellular Ca2+ concentration ([Ca2+]i), which may contribute to apoptosis. This report demonstrates that GC-mediated upregulation of the bZIP transcriptional repressor gene, E4BP4, is dependent on [Ca2+]i levels, and correlates with GC-evoked apoptosis of(More)
Suppression of c-myc has been implicated as a critical event in some glucocorticoid-evoked apoptotic systems. It is therefore of interest to understand the mechanism of glucocorticoid-regulation of the c-myc gene. In the present study, a detailed analysis of dexamethasone (Dex)-evoked regulation of the human c-myc gene in human leukemic CEM-C7 cells has(More)
Human embryonic kidney (K293) cells transfected with a mouse mammary tumor virus (MMTV) promoter-luciferase reporter construct (pHH-Luc) were utilized to investigate the potential effects of trans-retinoic acid (tRA), either by itself or in combination with glucocorticoid (GC) hormones, on a well-characterized, GC-sensitive transcriptional response. tRA or(More)
BACKGROUND Glucocorticoid hormones (GCs) induce apoptosis of leukemic T-cells by transcriptional regulation via the GC receptor, GR. In the human leukemic CEM cell culture model, RCAN1 has been identified as one of the genes that is specifically upregulated only in the GC-sensitive CEM C7-14 cells, but not in the GC-resistant CEM-C1-15 sister cells in(More)
BACKGROUND Quantitative Polymerase Chain Reaction (qPCR) is a collection of methods for estimating the number of copies of a specific DNA template in a sample, but one that is not universally accepted because it can lead to highly inaccurate (albeit precise) results. The fundamental problem is that qPCR methods use mathematical models that explicitly or(More)
Because of their ability to induce lymphoid cell apoptosis, glucocorticoids have been used for decades to treat certain human leukemias and lymphomas. Studies presented in this paper complement our previous work demonstrating that sustained induction of the proto-oncogene c-jun plays a crucial role in the glucocorticoid-induced apoptotic pathway in CEM(More)
BACKGROUND Synthetic GCs serve as therapeutic agents for some lymphoid leukemias because of their ability to induce transcriptional changes via the GC receptor (GR) and trigger apoptosis. Upregulation of the BH3-only member of Bcl-2 family proteins, Bim, has been shown to be essential for GC-evoked apoptosis of leukemic lymphoblasts. Using human T cell(More)