Scott Merritt

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Molecular cloning using a degenerate oligonucleotide-based polymerase chain reaction was undertaken to test the possibility that novel, developmentally regulated protein kinases are expressed in the embryonic mouse kidney. Several receptor tyrosine kinase and serine/threonine kinase cDNA clones were identified. One of these, designated DLK, represented a(More)
Mixed lineage kinases DLK (dual leucine zipper-bearing kinase) and MLK3 have been proposed to function as mitogen-activated protein kinase kinase kinases in pathways leading to stress-activated protein kinase/c-Jun NH2-terminal kinase activation. Differences in primary protein structure place these MLK (mixed lineage kinase) enzymes in separate subfamilies(More)
The biochemistry and regulation of dual leucine zipper bearing kinase (DLK), a member of the mixed lineage kinase or MLK subfamily of protein kinases, was examined in the nervous system. DLK transcript expression in the nervous system was predominantly neuronal. DLK protein was present in synaptic terminals where it was associated with both plasma membrane(More)
Because the catalytic domain of dual leucine zipper-bearing kinase (DLK) bears sequence similarity to members of the mitogen-activated protein (MAP) kinase kinase kinase subfamily, this protein kinase was investigated for its ability to activate MAP kinase pathways. When transiently transfected and overexpressed in either COS 7 cells or NIH3T3 cells, wild(More)
Accumulating evidence suggests that mitogen-activated protein kinase signaling pathways form modular signaling complexes. Because the mixed lineage kinase dual leucine zipper-bearing kinase (DLK) is a large modular protein, structure-function analysis was undertaken to examine the role of DLK domains in macromolecular complex formation. DLK mutants were(More)
We have isolated cDNAs coding for the complete amino acid sequences of cholinesterase 1 (ChE1) and cholinesterase 2 (ChE2) from amphioxus. Both ChE transcripts have the characteristics of H-type catalytic subunits, which are inserted in the membrane via an ethanolamine-glycan-phosphatidylinositol anchor. The members of the catalytic triad of ChEs, the three(More)
The human asialoglycoprotein receptor (ASGP-R) is a membrane glycoprotein which participates in receptor-mediated endocytosis and delivery of its ligands to lysosomes for degradation. In order to examine the pathways and mechanisms responsible for the turnover and degradation of the ASGP-R we have followed the fate of the ASGP-R in HepG2 cells during(More)
BACKGROUND Scarring in the interstitial compartment of the renal cortex heralds a poor prognosis in many forms of renal injury, however, the mechanism through which glomerular inflammation leads to interstitial scarring is not understood. In a model of anti-GBM disease in the rabbit, development of crescentic glomerulonephritis is associated with marked(More)
The purpose of this study was to assay for the presence of collagen synthesis stimulatory activity in the kidney during immune-induced renal injury that results in severe fibrosis in both glomerular and interstitial compartments. A model of antiglomerular basement (anti-GBM) disease in the rabbit was induced on day 0 by the injection of anti-GBM antibody(More)
Many studies have suggested that enhanced glucose uptake protects cells from hypoxic injury. More recently, it has become clear that hypoxia induces apoptosis as well as necrotic cell death. We have previously shown that hypoxia-induced apoptosis can be prevented by glucose uptake and glycolytic metabolism in cardiac myocytes. To test whether increasing the(More)