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Reflective-functioning (RF) is the ability to recognize the existence and nature of mental processes taking place in the self and in others (e.g., intentions and wishes). RF was investigated here as a patient variable during the process in two studies of brief psychotherapy. The first study investigated cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and interpersonal(More)
Profilin is one of the major components controlling actin polymerization. Here, profilin I was located in fibroblasts and HeLa cells by the use of two different sets of affinity-purified antibodies. Both antibody preparations labeled nuclei in a speckle-like pattern and displayed extensive colocalization with small nuclear ribonucleoprotein particle(More)
Actin is one of the proteins that rely on chaperonins for proper folding. This paper shows that the thermal unfolding of G-actin, as studied by CD and ultraviolet difference spectrometry, coincides with a loss in DNase I-inhibiting activity of the protein. Thus, the DNase I inhibition assay should be useful for systematic studies of actin unfolding and(More)
Actin ADP-ribosylated at arginine 177 is unable to hydrolyze ATP, and the R177 side chain is in a position similar to that of the catalytically essential lysine 71 in heat shock cognate protein Hsc70, another member of the actin-fold family of proteins. Therefore, actin residue R177 has been implicated in the mechanism of ATP hydrolysis. This paper compares(More)
The binding of phosphatidylinositol(4,5)-bisphosphate (PI(4,5)P(2)) to profilin at a region distinct from the actin interaction surface is demonstrated by experiments with covalently cross-linked profilin:beta-actin. The result is in agreement with observations made with several mutant profilins and provides strong evidence for two regions on mammalian(More)
Increased motile activity, increased rate of cell proliferation and removal of growth inhibiting cell-cell contacts are hallmarks of tumorigenesis. Activation of cell motility and migration is caused by activation of receptors, turning on the growth cycle. Increased expression of metalloproteinases, breaking cell:cell contacts and organ confines, allows the(More)
This paper compares wild-type and two mutant beta-actins, one in which Ser14 was replaced by a cysteine, and a second in which both Ser14 and Asp157 were exchanged (Ser14-->Cys and Ser14-->Cys, Asp157-->Ala, respectively). Both of these residues are part of invariant sequences in the loops, which bind the ATP phosphates, in the interdomain cleft of actin.(More)
In actin from many species H73 is methylated, but the function of this rare post-translational modification is unknown. Although not within bonding distance, it is located close to the gamma-phosphate of the actin-bound ATP. In most crystal structures of actin, the delta1-nitrogen of the methylated H73 forms a hydrogen bond with the carbonyl of G158. This(More)
Profilin and beta/gamma-actin from calf thymus were covalently linked using the zero-length cross-linker 1-ethyl-3-(3-dimethylaminopropyl)-carbodiimide in combination with N-hydroxysuccinimide, yielding a single product with an apparent molecular mass of 60 kDa. Sequence analysis and x-ray crystallographic investigations showed that the cross-linked(More)
Tropomyosin (TM) is a coiled-coil dimer of alpha-helical peptides, which self associates in a head- to-tail fashion along actin polymers, conferring stability to the microfilaments and serving a regulatory function in acto-myosin driven force generation. While the major amount of TM is associated with filaments also in non-muscle cells, it was recently(More)