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OBJECTIVE Tyrosine kinases (TKs) are important regulators of the L-type Ca(2+) channel (LTCC) current in various cell types. However, there are no data addressing the role of TKs in the control of single LTCC activity in human atrial cardiac myocytes, where changes in LTCC gating properties have been described in a number of disease states. METHODS AND(More)
Epithelial integrity is vitally important, and its deregulation causes early stage cancer. De novo formation of an adherens junction (AJ) between single epithelial cells requires coordinated, spatial actin dynamics, but the mechanisms steering nascent actin polymerization for cell-cell adhesion initiation are not well understood. Here we investigated(More)
The E2F group of transcription factors transactivates genes that promote progression through the G1-S transition of the cell cycle. Members of the retinoblastoma (Rb) family of proteins bind to E2Fs and inhibit this function. E2F-4, one example of the E2F group, functions as an oncogene when transfected into nontransformed cells in vitro. On the other hand,(More)
The insulin-like growth factor II receptor (IGFIIR) gene has been identified as a coding region target of microsatellite instability in human gastrointestinal (GI) tumors. IGFIIR normally has two growth-suppressive functions: it binds and stimulates the plasmin-mediated cleavage and activation of the latent transforming growth factor-beta1 (LTGF-beta1)(More)
Since cancer cells often evade apoptosis, induction of necroptosis as another mode of programmed cell death is considered as a promising therapeutic alternative. Here, we identify a novel synergistic interaction of Smac mimetics that antagonize x-linked Inhibitor of Apoptosis (XIAP), cellular Inhibitor of Apoptosis (cIAP) 1 and 2 with interferon (IFN)γ to(More)
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