Wiebe Kruijer

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Smad proteins have been identified as mediators of intracellular signal transduction by members of the transforming growth factor-beta (TGF-beta) superfamily, which affect cell proliferation, differentiation, as well as pattern formation during early vertebrate development. Following receptor activation, Smads are assembled into heteromeric complexes(More)
IL (interleukin)-22 is an IL-10-related cytokine; its main biological activity known thus far is the induction of acute phase reactants in liver and pancreas. IL-22 signals through a receptor that is composed of two chains from the class II cytokine receptor family: IL-22R (also called ZcytoR11/CRF2-9) and IL-10Rbeta (CRF2-4), which is also involved in(More)
The exposure of mammalian cells to ultraviolet radiation (UV) may lead to DNA damage resulting in mutation and thus possibly cancer, while irradiation can further act as a potent tumor promoter. In addition UV induces p21ras-mediated signalling leading to activation of transcription factors such as AP-1 and NF-kappa B, as well as activation of the Src(More)
The cDNAs encoding the zebrafish homologs of retinoic acid receptor alpha(zRAR alpha) and gamma (zRAR gamma) were isolated and their expression studied in normal and retinoic acid (RA) treated embryos. Expression boundaries in the central nervous system are clearly different from those observed in the mouse, which can only partly be explained by(More)
The MEN2A oncogene encodes for a constitutive active member of the RET receptor tyrosine kinase family. Here, we report that MEN2A-RET activates Signal Transducer and Activator of Transcription 3 (STAT3) via two YxxV/Q STAT3 docking sites, Tyr752 and Tyr928. MEN2A-RET induces both Tyr705 and Ser727 phosphorylation of STAT3, and STAT3 serine phosphorylation(More)
Here we report that protein tyrosine phosphatases (PTPases), like their enzymatic counterpart the protein tyrosine kinases, can play an important role in cell differentiation. Expression of the transmembrane PTPase receptor protein tyrosine phosphatase alpha (RPTP alpha) is transiently enhanced during neuronal differentiation of embryonal carcinoma (EC) and(More)
Proto-oncogene fos mRNA levels are rapidly and transiently elevated 12-fold in regenerating liver 10-60 min following partial hepatectomy. This response, and the induction of fos protein synthesis, has been simulated qualitatively and quantitatively in long term primary cultures of quiescent adult rat hepatocytes where proliferative transitions can be(More)
In the present study, we examined the underlying mechanism, which causes the constitutive tyrosine phosphorylation of signal transducer and activator of transcription 5 (STAT5) in acute myeloid leukemia (AML) blasts. Constitutive STAT5 phosphorylation was observed in 18 of 26 (69%) patients with AML. The constitutive STAT5 phosphorylation was caused by(More)
Activation of signal transducer and activator of transcription 3 (STAT3) by interleukin-6 (IL-6) involves phosphorylation of Tyr-705 and Ser-727, both of which are critical for STAT3 transactivation. Here, we demonstrate that IL-6 activates Rac-1 and SEK-1/MKK-4 of the stress-activated protein kinase pathway, as well as protein kinase Cdelta (PKCdelta), as(More)