Susana Larrucea

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Natural killer (NK) cells play an essential role in the fight against tumor development. Over the last years, the progress made in the NK-cell biology field and in deciphering how NK-cell function is regulated, is driving efforts to utilize NK-cell-based immunotherapy as a promising approach for the treatment of malignant diseases. Therapies involving NK(More)
BACKGROUND Podocalyxin (podxl) is a heavily glycosylated transmembrane protein mainly found on the apical membrane of rat podocytes and also in endothelial, hematopoietic, and tumor cells. Despite of its interest no much is known about the transcriptional regulation of podxl in different cells. Thus, we aimed at studying the functional features of the(More)
The platelet glycoprotein (GP) Ib-IX-V complex mediates the attachment of platelets to the blood vessel wall by binding von Willebrand factor (VWF), an interaction that also transmits signals for platelet activation and aggregation. Because the complex is extensively palmitoylated, a modification known to target proteins to lipid rafts, we investigated the(More)
Podocalyxin (Podxl) is a type I membrane mucin-protein of the CD34 family abundantly expressed in kidney epithelial cells (podocytes) where it plays a crucial functional role. Podxl is also expressed in tissues other than kidney, like in brain, but its function is ignored. To investigate the functional role of podocalyxin (Podxl) in brain we produced the(More)
Besides their essential role in hemostasis and thrombosis, platelets are involved in the onset of cancer metastasis by interacting with tumor cells. Platelets release secretory factors that promote tumor growth, angiogenesis, and metastasis. Furthermore, the formation of platelet-tumor cell aggregates in the bloodstream provides cancer cells with an immune(More)
Podocalyxin (Podxl) is a type I membrane sialoprotein of the CD34 family, originally described in the epithelial glomerular cells of the kidney (podocytes) in which it plays an important function. Podxl can also be found in megakaryocytes and platelets among other extrarenal places. The surface exposure of Podxl upon platelet activation suggested it could(More)
Specialty section: This article was submitted to NK Cell Biology, a section of the journal Frontiers in Immunology NK cell-based cancer immunotherapy Innate and adaptive immunity cooperate to eliminate tumors. However, when infrequent cancer cell variants are not destroyed, tumor growth and immunosurveillance enter into a dynamic equilibrium until cancer(More)
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