Roberta M Meyers

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The small GTPase ADP-ribosylation factor (ARF) regulates the structure and function of the Golgi complex through mechanisms that are understood only in part, and which include an ability to control the assembly of coat complexes and phospholipase D (PLD). Here we describe a new property of ARF, the ability to recruit phosphatidylinositol-4-OH kinase-beta(More)
Elevated fibronectin (Fn) and Fn fragment concentrations are found in the synovial fluid of osteoarthritic and rheumatoid arthritic patients. Fn has been shown to affect expression of chondrocytic matrix proteins, and Fn fragments have been shown to elevate gene expression of neutral proteinases in synoviocytes. For these reasons, we tested the effects of(More)
Fibronectin is an adhesive multifunctional glycoprotein found in the extracellular matrix of most types of cells and that exerts growth factor, differentiative and chemotactic activities toward many types of cells, including those cells found in knee joint tissue. Since fibronectin levels in the synovial fluid (SF) and on the cartilage surface of patients(More)
Prior studies have shown that synthetic peptides representing the domain of thrombin responsible for high-affinity binding to fibroblasts stimulate chemotactic and cell proliferative signals through a nonproteolytic mechanism. One of these peptides, TP508, has recently been shown to be chemotactic for neutrophils, to enhance collagen accumulation in wounds,(More)
We have reported that fibronectin fragments (Fn-f) cause cartilage damage in vitro by causing enhanced release of proteases. In order to determine whether the Fn-f can damage cartilage in vivo, we have injected native fibronectin (Fn) and Fn-f into adolescent rabbit knee joints. After 7 days, tissue was analyzed by histochemical and biochemical techniques(More)
Fibronectin (Fn) is a circulating and extracellular matrix glycoprotein that may serve to facilitate phagocytosis because of its ability to bind many inflammatory ligands and to a monocyte receptor. Fn fragments have been shown in many systems to have augmented properties over those of native Fn. We show in this report that although Fn fragments did not(More)