Suzanne Stratford

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The sphingolipid ceramide negatively regulates insulin action by inhibiting Akt/protein kinase B (PKB), a serine/threonine kinase that is a central regulator of glucose uptake and anabolic metabolism. Despite considerable attention, the molecular mechanism accounting for this action of ceramide has remained both elusive and controversial. Herein we utilized(More)
Numerous hormones, cytokines and transforming oncogenes activate phosphoinositide 3-kinase (PI-3K), a lipid kinase that initiates signal transduction cascades regulating cellular proliferation, survival, protein synthesis and glucose metabolism. PI-3K catalyses the production of the 3'-phosphoinositides PtdIns(3,4)P(2) and PtdIns(3,4,5)P(3), which recruit(More)
Numerous extracellular stimuli activate SK1 (sphingosine kinase type 1) to catalyse the production of sphingosine 1-phosphate, a bioactive lipid that functions as both an extracellular ligand for a family of G-protein-linked receptors and as a putative intracellular messenger. Phorbol esters, calcium or immunoglobulin receptors stimulate SK1 by promoting(More)
We previously isolated a pollen-specific gene encoding a pollen tube wall-associated glycoprotein with a globular domain and an extensin domain from maize (mPex1). To evaluate which protein domains might be important for function, we isolated a second monocot gene (mPex2) and a dicot gene (tPex). Each gene encodes a signal sequence, an N-terminal globular(More)
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