Rocky Pramanik

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The signaling connection between mitogen-activated protein kinases(MAPKs) and nuclear steroid receptors is complex and remains mostly unexplored. Here we report that stress-activated protein kinases p38 and JNK trans-activate nuclear steroid vitamin D receptor (VDR) gene and increase vitamin D(3)-dependent growth inhibition in human breast cancer cells.(More)
Studies have indicated that ectopic expression of p202, an interferon (IFN)-inducible retinoblastoma (Rb)-binding protein, in cultured cells retards cell proliferation and modulates cell survival. Consistent with a role of p202 in cell cycle regulation, levels of p202 increase in cells arrested in the G0/G1 phase of cell cycle after withdrawal of serum(More)
Cervical cancer is associated with human papilloma virus infection. However, this infection is insufficient to induce transformation and progression. Loss of heterozygosity analyses suggest the presence of a tumor suppressor gene (TSG) on chromosome 6p21.3-p25. Here we report the cloning NOL7, its mapping to chromosome band 6p23, and localization of the(More)
Vitamin D receptor (VDR) is a ligand-dependent transcription factor that mediates vitamin D(3)-induced gene expression. Our previous work has established that stress MAPK signaling stimulates VDR expression (Qi, X., Pramank, R., Wang, J., Schultz, R. M., Maitra, R. K., Han, J., DeLuca, H. F., and Chen, G. (2002) J. Biol. Chem. 277, 25884-25892) and VDR(More)
p38 MAPK pathway signaling is known to participate in cell proliferation, apoptosis, and differentiation, in a manner dependent on the cellular context. The factors that determine the specific biological response in a given cell type, however, remain largely unknown. We report opposite effects of the p38 isoforms on regulation of AP-1-dependent activities(More)
Ras is the most characterized oncogene in human cancer, and yet there are no effective therapeutics to selectively target this oncogene. Our previous work demonstrated the inhibitory activity of the p38 pathway in Ras proliferative signaling in experimental NIH 3T3 cells (Chen, G., Hitomi, M., Han, J., and Stacey, D. W. (2000) J. Biol. Chem. 275,(More)
c-Jun, a major component of the AP-1 transcription factor, is either pro- or anti-apoptotic with cellular determinants unknown. Nuclear estrogen receptor (ER), on the other hand, regulates gene expression through both estrogen response elements and AP-1. Here we show that stress stimulates c-Jun phosphorylation and AP-1 activity in both ER+ and ER- human(More)
Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a prototype autoimmune disease. In human SLE patients, as well as in mouse models of SLE, the development of disease is associated with increased levels of pro-inflammatory cytokines, such as interleukin-6 (IL-6). However, IL-6 target genes contributing to the development of disease remain to be identified. Our previous(More)
Previous studies have revealed that p202 (52 kDa), an interferon (IFN) and differentiation-inducible protein, negatively regulates cell proliferation and modulates cell survival. However, the role of p202 in transformed cells remains to be investigated. Here we report that constitutive expression of oncogenic H-Ras (Q61L) in NIH 3T3 cells, which resulted in(More)
Increased expression of p202 (52 kDa), an interferon (IFN)-inducible murine protein, in splenic cells (B- and T-cells) derived from female mice of the lupus-prone strains is correlated with increased susceptibility to develop systemic lupus erythematosus. However, the molecular mechanisms remain unclear. Our previous studies have indicated that, in(More)
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