W. Stratford May

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RAX was originally discovered as the unique cellular activator for the dsRNA-dependent, interferon-inducible protein kinase PKR. Recent findings indicate that RAX is also a critical component of the RNA-induced silencing complex and a regulator of transcription. Here we report novel phenotypes for both fruit flies carrying a transposon insertion in the 5'(More)
Reduced expression and activity of the proapoptotic, double-stranded RNA-dependent protein kinase, PKR (protein kinase R) is observed in breast, lung and various leukemias, suggesting that loss of PKR potentiates transformation. Now we report that decreased PKR activity inhibits chemotherapy-induced apoptosis of leukemia cells both in vitro and in vivo.(More)
It has been reported that the expression and activity of the interferon-inducible, dsRNA-dependent protein kinase, PKR, is increased in mammary carcinoma cell lines and primary tumor samples. To extend these findings and determine how PKR signaling may affect breast cancer cell sensitivity to chemotherapy, we measured PKR expression by immunohistochemical(More)
The Nup98-HoxD13 (NHD13) fusion gene was identified in a patient with therapy-related myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS). When transgenically expressed in hematopoietic cells, mice faithfully recapitulate human disease with serial progression from peripheral blood (PB) cytopenias and increased bone marrow (BM) blasts to acute leukemia. It is well accepted that(More)
The effects of the protein kinase C (PKC) activators, phorbol ester 12-0-tetradecanoyl-13-phorbol acetate (TPA) and the marine natural product, bryostatin 1, on the growth and morphology of human breast cancer cell lines were examined. TPA (1 to 100 HM)inhibited growth of four of six cell lines by up to 75% in 5-day cultures. Bryostatin 1 inhibited growth(More)
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