Steven Goossens

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Cadherins are major cell-cell adhesion proteins whose cytoplasmic domains bind to catenin proteins. Strong intercellular adhesion depends on linkage of the cadherin/catenin complex to the actin cytoskeleton via alpha-catenin. To date, it is not clear how different cell types achieve the variable strength of cell-cell adhesion clearly needed in a(More)
Angiogenesis is critical during tumour initiation and malignant progression. Different strategies aimed at blocking vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and its receptors have been developed to inhibit angiogenesis in cancer patients. It has become increasingly clear that in addition to its effect on angiogenesis, other mechanisms including a direct(More)
Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and beta-catenin both act broadly in embryogenesis and adulthood, including in the skeletal and vascular systems. Increased or deregulated activity of these molecules has been linked to cancer and bone-related pathologies. By using novel mouse models to locally increase VEGF levels in the skeleton, we found that(More)
The ability to rapidly and efficiently generate reliable Cre/loxP conditional transgenic mice would greatly complement global high-throughput gene targeting initiatives aimed at identifying gene function in the mouse. We report here the generation of Cre/loxP conditional ROSA26-targeted ES cells within 3-4 weeks by using Gateway cloning to build the target(More)
We generated mice deficient in plakophilin-3 (PKP3), a member of the Armadillo-repeat family and a component of desmosomes and stress granules in epithelial cells. In these mice, several subsets of hair follicles (HFs) had morphological abnormalities, and the majority of awl and auchene hair shafts had fewer medullar air columns. Desmosomes were absent from(More)
αT-catenin is a novel member of the α-catenin family, which shows most abundant expression in cardiomyocytes and in peritubular myoid cells of the testis, pointing to a specific function for αT-catenin in particular muscle tissues. Like other α-catenins, αT-catenin provides an indispensable link between the cadherin-based cell-cell adhesion complex and the(More)
Introduction The structural integrity of the heart is maintained by the endto-end connections between cardiomyocytes. These specialized cell-cell contacts, called intercalated discs, ensure mechanical and electrochemical coupling of the contractile cells. The intercalated disc was originally described as consisting of three main junctional complexes:(More)
The MYB oncogene is a leucine zipper transcription factor essential for normal and malignant hematopoiesis. In T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (T-ALL), elevated MYB levels can arise directly through T-cell receptor-mediated MYB translocations, genomic MYB duplications or enhanced TAL1 complex binding at the MYB locus or indirectly through the(More)
AlphaT-catenin is a recently identified member of the alpha-catenin family of cell-cell adhesion molecules. For decades it was thought that alpha-catenins mediate solid cell-cell adhesion by linking the cadherin-mediated cell-cell adhesion complex with the actin cytoskeleton. However, the roles of alpha-catenins in this classical adhesion model have been(More)
The gene encoding alpha-T-catenin, CTNNA3, is positioned within a region on chromosome 10, showing strong evidence of linkage to Alzheimer's disease (AD), and is therefore a good positional candidate gene for this disorder. We have demonstrated that alpha-T-catenin is expressed in human brain, and like other alpha-catenins, it inhibits Wnt signaling and is(More)