Shama Kajiji

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Many P-glycoprotein (P-gp) inhibitors studied in vitro and in vivo are also known or suspected to be substrates and/or inhibitors of cytochrome P-450 3A (CYP3A). Such overlap raises the question of whether CYP3A inhibition is an intrinsic characteristic of P-gp inhibitors, a matter of concern in the development and rational use of such agents. Thus, the(More)
Possible functional differences between P-glycoproteins (P-gps) encoded by the human MDR1 and mouse mdr1 and mdr3 genes with respect to drug resistance profiles and sensitivity to known modulators have been investigated. For this, the three genes were introduced and overexpressed in the same cellular background, that of Chinese hamster LR73 ovary cells, and(More)
The Bax gene is a member of the Bcl2 family that functions to regulate the programmed cell death process. A number of Bax isoforms have been previously identified: alpha, beta, gamma, delta, and omega. Here we report the identification and characterization of an additional Bax variant, termed Baxepsilon. The newly identified Bax variant contains a 97-base(More)
A simplified method for the expression and purification of P-glycoprotein (Pgp) is presented. This method is based on the in-frame fusion of both a polyhistidine tail and a 100-amino acid residue biotin acceptor domain of oxaloacetate decarboxylase from Klebsiella pneumoniae at the carboxyl terminus end of Pgp (Pgp-H6BD). The expression/purification(More)
The mechanism by which P-glycoprotein (P-gp) interacts with a number of structurally unrelated substrates or inhibitors remains unknown. We have recently shown that a serine residue within the predicted transmembrane (TM) domain 11 of P-gps encoded by mouse mdr1 (Ser941) and mdr3 (Ser939) plays an important role in the substrate specificity of P-gp. We(More)
The substitution of a single serine to phenylalanine residue within the predicted transmembrane domain 11 of P-glycoproteins (P-gps) encoded by mouse mdr1 (Ser941, 1S;Phe941, 1F) or mdr3 (Ser939, 3S; Phe939, 3F) strongly modulates both the overall activity and substrate specificity of the two P-gps. In cell clones expressing either wild-type (1S, 3S) or(More)
The serine residue located at position 939 and 941 in the predicted transmembrane segment 11 of P-glycoprotein (P-gp) encoded by mouse mdr3 and mdr1, respectively, appears to be important for interaction of chemotherapeutic drugs and reversal agents with P-gp. To further understand the role of this residue in this process and to identify the structural(More)
The c-Met proto-oncogene is a multifunctional receptor tyrosine kinase that is stimulated by its ligand, hepatocyte growth factor (HGF), to induce cell growth, motility and morphogenesis. Dysregulation of c-Met function, through mutational activation or overexpression, has been observed in many types of cancer and is thought to contribute to tumor growth(More)
N-(5-Fluorobenzothiazol-2-yl)-2-guanidinothiazole-4-carboxam ide (1) is a member of a series of amides found to substantially increase lifespan in mice bearing established micrometastatic 3LL Lewis lung carcinoma. Amide 1 is effective after either oral or intraperitoneal dosing in acute, subacute, or chronic regimens. 1 is well tolerated in this model with(More)
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