Su F Dharmawardhane

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ABP-50 is the elongation factor-1 alpha (EF-1 alpha) of Dictyostelium discoideum (Yang et al.: Nature 347:494-496, 1990). ABP-50 is also an actin filament binding and bundling protein (Demma et al.: J. Biol. Chem. 265:2286-2291, 1990). In the present study we have investigated the compartmentalization of ABP-50 in both resting and stimulated cells.(More)
Indirect evidence has implicated an interaction between the cytoskeleton and the protein synthetic machinery. Two recent reports have linked the elongation factor 1a (EF-1a) which is involved in protein synthesis, with the microtubular cytoskeleton. In situ hybridization has, however, revealed that the messages for certain cytoskeletal proteins are(More)
In this work we evaluate the cortical expansion model for amoeboid chemotaxis with regard to new information about molecular events in the cytoskeleton following chemotactic stimulation of Dictyostelium amoebae. A rapid upshift in the concentration of chemoattractant can be used to synchronize the motile behavior of a large population of cells. This(More)
A monomeric actin bundling protein with a native molecular weight of approximately 50,000 (ABP-50) has been isolated from amoebae of Dictyostelium discoideum. ABP-50 cross-links F-actin to form tightly packed bundles, some of which are highly ordered. It exhibits a Kd of 2.1 microM and a molar ratio to actin of 1:1 in bundles. Calcium and ATP at(More)
Triton-insoluble cytoskeletons were isolated from Dictyostelium discoideum AX3 cells prior to and following stimulation with 2'deoxy cyclic adenosine monophosphate (cAMP). Temporal changes in the content of actin and a 120,000 dalton actin-binding protein (ABP-120) in cytoskeletons following stimulation were monitored. Both actin and ABP-120 were(More)
Actin polymerization occurs in amebae of Dictyostelium discoideum after chemotactic stimulation (Hall, A. L., A. Schlein, and J. Condeelis. 1988. J. Cell. Biochem. 37:285-299). When cells are lysed with Triton X-100 during stimulation, an actin nucleation activity is detected in lysates by measuring the rate of pyrene-labeled actin polymerization. This(More)
Flavonoids, such as daidzein and genistein, present in dietary plants like soybean, have unique chemical properties with biological activity relevant to cancer. Many flavonoids and polyphenols, including resveratrol in red wine and epigallocatechin gallate in green tea, are known antioxidants. Some of these compounds have estrogenic (and antiestrogenic)(More)
Recent progress in discerning the molecular events that accompany carcinogenesis has led to development of new cancer therapies directly targeted against the molecular changes of neoplasia. Molecular-targeted therapeutics have shown significant improvements in response rates and decreased toxicity as compared to conventional cytotoxic therapies which lack(More)
Recent developments in optical technologies have the potential to improve the speed and accuracy of screening and diagnosis of curable precancerous lesions and early cancer, thereby decreasing the costs of detection and management of epithelial malignancies. The development of molecular-specific contrast agents for markers of early neoplastic transformation(More)
The goal of this study was to evaluate the ability of near real-time reflectance confocal microscopy to image tumor metastasis in vivo in an animal model. We used an epi-illumination confocal microscope to capture images of mouse mammary tumors in nude immunodeficient and Balb/C immunocompetent mice. In vivo confocal images and videos of normal and(More)
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