William A. Golembieski

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Our recent studies have focused on identifying invasion-promoting genes that are expressed early in brain tumor progression. We identified and characterized SPARC (secreted protein acidic and rich in cysteine) as a potential candidate. To determine whether increased SPARC expression functionally promotes brain tumor invasion, SPARC was transfected into(More)
We have demonstrated that secreted protein acidic and rich in cysteine (SPARC) is highly expressed in human gliomas and it promotes glioma invasion and delays tumor growth in vitro and in vivo. cDNA array analyses were performed to determine whether SPARC, which interacts at the cell surface, has an impact on intracellular signaling and downstream gene(More)
Sparc-null mice have been used as models to assess tumor-host immune cell interactions. However, it is not known if they have a competent immune system. In this study, the immune systems of Sparc wild-type and null mice were compared. Mice were assessed for differences in total body weight, spleen weight and spleen-to-body weight ratios. Spleens were(More)
The poor prognosis of human malignant gliomas is due to their invasion and recurrence, the molecular mechanisms of which remain poorly characterized. We have accumulated substantial evidence implicating the cysteine protease cathepsin B in human glioma malignancy. Increases in cathepsin B expression were observed throughout progression. In primary brain(More)
In an attempt to identify genetic alterations occurring early in astrocytoma progression, we performed subtractive hybridization between astrocytoma and glioblastoma cDNA libraries. We identified secreted protein acidic and rich in cysteine (SPARC), a protein implicated in cell-matrix interactions, as a gene overexpressed early in progression. Northern blot(More)
Secreted protein acidic and rich in cysteine (SPARC) is highly expressed in human astrocytomas, grades II-IV. We demonstrated previously that SPARC promotes invasion in vitro using the U87MG-derived clone U87T2 and U87T2-derived SPARC-transfected clones, A2b2, A2bi, and C2a4, in the spheroid confrontation assay. Additional in vitro studies demonstrated that(More)
Secreted protein acidic and rich in cysteine (SPARC) regulates cell-extracellular matrix interactions that influence cell adhesion and migration. We have demonstrated that SPARC is highly expressed in human gliomas, and it promotes brain tumor invasion in vitro and in vivo. To further our understanding regarding SPARC function in glioma migration, we(More)
We have identified secreted protein acidic and rich in cysteine (SPARC) as a potential glioma invasion-promoting gene. To determine whether SPARC alters the growth, attachment, or migration of gliomas, we have used U87T2 and doxycycline-regulatable SPARC-transfected clones to examine the effects of SPARC on (1) cell growth, (2) cell cycle progression, (3)(More)
We tested 519 chromosome 3-specific cosmids for the presence of rare restriction-endonuclease sites in a search for cosmids containing HTF islands. We have identified 49 cosmids (9% of those tested) that contain multiple rare restriction-endonuclease sites. The cosmids were digested with several common cutting restriction endonucleases to liberate small(More)
Numerous investigations suggest that one or more genes residing in the p14 to p21 region of human chromosome 3 are critical to the development of neoplastic diseases such as renal cell carcinoma and small-cell lung cancer (SCLC). This region is additionally involved in several interchromosomal translocations, one of which is associated with the(More)