Uri H Saragovi

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The chemokine stromal cell-derived factor-1 (SDF-1) may function to attract CXCR4-expressing cancer cells to metastatic organs. We have previously demonstrated that low plasma SDF-1, a host-derived marker, increases distant metastatic risk in breast cancer. We therefore hypothesized that tumors overexpressing the SDF-1 receptor CXCR4 have an enhanced(More)
The homophilic binding of extracellular domains of membrane-bound immunoglobulin superfamily (IgSF) molecules is often required for intercellular adhesion and signaling. Carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA), a member of the IgSF, is a widely used tumor marker that functions in vitro as a homotypic intercellular adhesion molecule. CEA has also been shown to(More)
BACKGROUND Glaucoma, an irreversible optic nerve neuropathy, always results in blindness. This study aimed to evaluate glaucoma-like features in the rat episcleral vein cauterization (EVC) model by multiple in vivo and in vitro evidences. METHODS Wistar rat was used in this study. The elevated intraocular pressure (IOP) was induced by cauterization of(More)
We describe a technique for the MTT assay that irradiates all cells at once by a combination of couch movement and a step-and-shoot irradiation technique on a linear accelerator with 6 MV and 18 MV photon beams. In two experimental setups, we obtained maximum to minimum dose ranges of 10 for the constant MU/bin (monitor units per bin) setup and 20 for the(More)
beta-Turn peptidomimetics 1 were designed to mimic hot spots of neurotrophin-3 (NT-3) and others. Solid-phase syntheses of these were developed, though limitations were encountered with scale-up. Consequently, an alternative design with 2 was investigated. 1 and 2 favored distorted type I beta-turn conformations in solution. It was found that peptidomimetic(More)
CD4 functions as a major T-cell surface receptor for human immunodeficiency virus by binding the human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) envelope protein gp120 with relatively high affinity. We have developed constrained aromatically modified analogs of the secondary structures of the first domain of CD4 in order to analyze surfaces involved in binding(More)
BACKGROUND The Saccharomyces cerevisiae strain, 22574d, lacks gamma amino butyric acid (GABA) transport activity and cannot grow on this amino acid as sole nitrogen source. Both transport of and growth on this amino acid are restored when the yeast is transformed with a form of mouse gamma actin containing an extended C-terminal sequence (M-g-A). The nature(More)
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