Samuel P. S. Svensson

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The epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) is fundamental for normal cell growth and organ development, but has also been implicated in various pathologies, notably tumors of epithelial origin. We have previously shown that the initial 13 amino acids (P13) within the intracellular juxtamembrane region (R645-R657) are involved in the interaction with(More)
Visible absorption features suitable for color recognition and micro-plate reading of a standard bioassay are performed by the combination of a computer screen used as a programmable light source and a web camera as detector. The method provides in this way a highly available platform for 'home tests' or 'self-tests', where the requirement is to monitor(More)
Pigment organelles in Xenopus laevis melanophores are used by the animal to change skin color, and they provide a good model for studying intracellular organelle transport. Movement of organelles and vesicles along the cytoskeleton is essential for many processes, such as axonal transport, endocytosis, and intercompartmental trafficking. Nitric oxide (NO)(More)
Expression of alpha(2)-adrenergic receptors (alpha(2)-AR) is very high in fetal rat heart although numbers decline with increasing gestational age. The current experiments were designed to identify the subtypes of alpha(2)-AR expressed and the function of these receptors in fetal cardiac myocytes. Expression of alpha(2)A and alpha(2)C, but not alpha(2)B,(More)
It has previously been shown that alpha 2-adrenoceptors are involved in noradrenaline-induced pigment aggregation within fish melanophores. In the present investigation, melanin concentrating hormone (MCH) elicited pigment aggregation (EC50 approximately 1 x 10(-7) M) that was associated with a significant reduction in the cAMP content; 1 x 10(-7) M MCH(More)
Melanophores are pigmented cells capable of quick colour changes through coordinated transport of their intracellular pigment granules. We demonstrate the involvement of phosphoinositide 3-kinase (PI3-K) in Xenopus and Labrus aggregation by the use of the PI3-K inhibitor, LY-294002. In Xenopus, wortmannin-insensitive PI3-K was found to be essential for the(More)
In the present study we have developed a simple method to elucidate the melanin binding ability of different chemotherapeutic agents. The anthracyclines, doxorubicin and daunorubicin, or the alkylating agent cisplatin were preincubated with melanin (Sepia). Melanin and free drug was then separated through centrifugation and the cytotoxic effects of(More)
One early response to epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) activation is an increase in intracellular calcium. We have used surface plasmon resonance (SPR) to study real-time interactions between the intracellular juxtamembrane (JM) region of EGFR and calmodulin. The EGFR-JM (Met(644)-Phe(688)) was expressed as a GST fusion protein and immobilised on a(More)
Many cell membrane bound receptors communicate with the inside of the cell through guanine nucleotide binding proteins (G-proteins). This holds also for olfactory receptor neurons, which respond to odorants with G-protein mediated increases in the concentration of cyclic adenosine 3', 5'-monophosphate (cAMP) and/or inositol 1,4,5-triphosphate (InsP3). These(More)
Melanophores from Xenopus laevis are pigmented cells, capable of quick colour changes through cyclic adenosine 3':5'-monophosphate (cAMP) coordinated transport of their intracellular pigment granules, melanosomes. In this study we use the melanophore cell line to evaluate the effects of Panax ginseng extract G115 on organelle transport. Absorbance readings(More)