Stephanie Bender

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This study investigates protein glycosylation in the asexual intraerythrocytic stage of the malaria parasite, Plasmodium falciparum, and the presence in the infected erythrocyte of the respective precursors. In in vitro cultures, P. falciparum can be metabolically labeled with radioactive sugars, and its multiplication can be affected by glycosylation(More)
The mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) signaling pathways play essential roles in cell proliferation and differentiation. Recent studies also show the activation of MAPK signaling pathways in tumorigenesis, metastasis, and angiogenesis of multiple human malignancies, including renal cell carcinoma (RCC). To assess the role of this pathway in regulating(More)
Increased concentrations of interleukin-6 (IL-6) have been found in the synovial fluid of patients with osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and crystal-related joint diseases. It is therefore of great interest to identify the cells responsible for the production of IL-6, and to investigate whether IL-6 plays a role in the pathogenesis of degenerative or(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the role of interleukin-6 (IL-6) and transforming growth factor beta 1 (TGF beta 1) in the regulation of tissue inhibitor of metalloproteinases-1 (TIMP-1) synthesis in human articular chondrocytes. METHODS Articular cartilage was obtained from human knee joints 24 hours after death. Chondrocytes were isolated by collagenase(More)
We have constructed on the cDNA level deletion mutants of human interleukin-6 lacking one, two, three or four amino acids from the carboxy-terminus of the molecule. After in vitro transcription and translation the biological activity of these deletion mutants was determined by two independent bioassays. Both, the mouse B9 cell proliferation assay and the(More)
The present report describes the radioactive labeling of polar lipids in in vitro cultures ofPlasmodium falciparum as well as their extraction with organic solvents and their partial characterization by chemical and enzymatic methods. All substances detected could be cleaved by alkali, suggesting that they were esters rather than sphingolipids or compounds(More)
Parafibromin, a transcription factor associated with the PAF complex, is encoded by the HRPT2 gene, mutations of which cause the hyperparathyroidism-jaw tumor syndrome (OMIM145001). To elucidate the function of parafibromin, we generated conventional and conditional Hrpt2 knockout mice and found that Hrpt2(-/-) mice were embryonic lethal by embryonic day(More)
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