Vanessa Oakes

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The interaction between collagen and elastin networks under conditions of load-extension has been studied in the elastic wing tendon of the domestic fowl. The load-extention curves obtained could be divided into two regions, the first region representing the ability of the tendon to undergo great extension at low tension, the second representing a limit(More)
Cytokinesis involves two phases: (1) membrane ingression followed by (2) membrane abscission. The ingression phase generates a cleavage furrow and this requires co-operative function of the actin-myosin II contractile ring and septin filaments. We demonstrate that the actin-binding protein, EPLIN, locates to the cleavage furrow during cytokinesis and this(More)
BACKGROUND INFORMATION CDC25 (cell division cycle 25) phosphatases function as activators of CDK (cyclin-dependent kinase)-cyclin complexes to regulate progression through the CDC. We have recently identified a pool of CDC25B at the centrosome of interphase cells that plays a role in regulating centrosome numbers. RESULTS In the present study, we(More)
Cyclin A/cdk2 has a role in progression through S phase, and a large pool is also activated in G2 phase. Here we report that this G2 phase pool regulates the timing of progression into mitosis. Knock down of cyclin A by siRNA or addition of a specific cdk2 small molecule inhibitor delayed entry into mitosis by delaying cells in G2 phase. The G2(More)
Mutations in adenomatous polyposis coli (APC) protein is a major contributor to tumor initiation and progression in several tumor types. These mutations affect APC function in the Wnt-beta-catenin signaling and influence mitotic spindle anchoring to the cell cortex and orientation. Here we report that the mitotic anchoring and orientation function of APC is(More)
There are few effective treatments for metastatic melanoma. Checkpoint kinase 1 (Chk1) inhibitors are being trialled for their efficacy in enhancing conventional chemotherapeutic agents, but their effectiveness as single agents is not known. We have examined the effectiveness of two novel Chk1 selective inhibitors, AR323 and AR678, in a panel of melanoma(More)
Whereas many components regulating the progression from S phase through G2 phase into mitosis have been identified, the mechanism by which these components control this critical cell cycle progression is still not fully elucidated. Cyclin A/Cdk2 has been shown to regulate the timing of Cyclin B/Cdk1 activation and progression into mitosis although the(More)
Cell cycle progression from G2 phase into mitosis is regulated by a complex network of mechanisms, all of which finally control the timing of Cyclin B/CDK1 activation. PLK1 regulates a network of events that contribute to regulating G2/M phase progression. Here we have used a proteomics approach to identify proteins that specifically bind to the Polobox(More)
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