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We aim to confirm the prognostic value of an inflammation-based prognostic score (the Glasgow Prognostic Score [GPS]) in advanced colorectal cancer, to explore a predictive pattern of plasma cytokines and their gene polymorphisms for clinical outcome, and to investigate which cytokines contribute to GPS. Inflammatory markers were measured at baseline in 52(More)
We have characterized signaling pathways involving the related adhesion focal tyrosine kinase (RAFTK, also known as PYK2 or CAK-beta) in CMK human megakaryocytic cells. Stem cell factor, which potentiates the growth of megakaryocytes and their progenitors, and phorbol myristate acetate, which causes differentiation of megakaryocytic cell lines, induced the(More)
The oxidative metabolism and toxicity of the para isomers of methylphenol (cresol), ethylphenol, and isopropylphenol were studied using male Sprague-Dawley rat liver microsomes and precision-cut liver slices. Reactive intermediates from each compound were trapped using radiolabeled glutathione and were detected and quantified by HPLC. Conjugates were(More)
We have isolated a cDNA encoding a novel human intracytoplasmic tyrosine kinase, termed RAFTK (for a related adhesion focal tyrosine kinase). In addition, we have cloned and characterized the murine homolog of the human RAFTK cDNA. Comparison of the deduced amino acid sequences of human RAFTK and murine Raftk cDNAs revealed 95% homology, indicating that(More)
We have isolated the cDNAs encoding human and mouse homologues of a yeast protein, termed peroxisomal membrane protein 20 (PMP20). Comparison of the amino acid sequences of human (HsPMP20) and mouse (MmPMP20) PMP20 proteins revealed a high degree of identity (93%), whereas resemblance to the yeast Candida boidinii PMP20A and PMP20B (CbPMP20A and CbPMP20B)(More)
Protein-tyrosine kinases play pivotal roles in cell signal transduction. We have isolated a cDNA clone encoding a novel human intracytoplasmic tyrosine kinase, termed matk (megakaryocyte-associated tyrosine kinase). Expression of matk mRNA was predominantly found in cells of megakaryocytic lineage. The matk cDNA clone encodes a polypeptide of 527 amino(More)
We have recently isolated a cDNA encoding a novel human receptor-type tyrosine phosphatase, termed PTP-RO (for a protein tyrosine phosphatase receptor omicron), from 5-fluorouracil-treated murine bone marrow cells. PTP-RO is a human homologue of murine PTPlambda and is related to the homotypically adhering kappa and mu receptor-type tyrosine phosphatases.(More)
We observed that human megakaryocytes expressed the heterodimeric tyrosine kinase RON, which serves as a receptor for macrophage-stimulating protein (MSP). MSP appears to be structurally related to hepatocyte growth factor (HGF), which is a pleiotropic growth factor for a broad spectrum of tissues and cell types. The effects of human rMSP and rHGF on(More)
Primary human bone marrow megakaryocytes were studied for their ability to express and release cytokines potentially relevant to their proliferation and/or differentiation. The purity of the bone marrow megakaryocytes was assessed by morphologic and immunocytochemical criteria. Unstimulated marrow megakaryocytes constitutively expressed genes for(More)
Hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) support blood cells throughout life by utilizing their self-renewing and multilineage differentiating capabilities. Hematopoietic growth factors mediate their effects on stem cells by the tyrosine phosphorylation of proteins. Regulation of tyrosine phosphorylation is partially mediated by protein tyrosine phosphatases(More)