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The archetypal human tumor suppressor p53 is considered to have unique transactivation properties. The assumption is based on the fact that additionally identified human p53 isoforms lack transcriptional activity. However, we provide evidence for the existence of an alternatively spliced p53 isoform (Deltap53) that exerts its transcriptional activity(More)
Analyses of the different structural systems of the nucleus and the proteins associated with them pose many problems. Because these systems are largely overlapping, in situ localization studies that preserve the in vivo location of proteins and cellular structures often are not satisfactory. In contrast, biochemical cell fractionation may provide(More)
Highly purified p53 protein from different sources was able to degrade DNA with a 3'-to-5' polarity, yielding deoxynucleoside monophosphates as reaction products. This exonuclease activity was dependent on Mg2+ and inhibited by addition of 5 mM nucleoside monophosphates. This exonuclease activity is intrinsic to the wild-type p53 protein: it copurified with(More)
Nestin is the characteristic intermediate filament (IF) protein of rapidly proliferating progenitor cells and regenerating tissue. Nestin copolymerizes with class III IF-proteins, mostly vimentin, into heteromeric filaments. Its expression is downregulated with differentiation. Here we show that a strong nestin expression in mouse embryo tissue coincides(More)
Despite the loss of sequence-specific DNA binding, mutant p53 (mutp53) proteins can induce or repress transcription of mutp53-specific target genes. To date, the molecular basis for transcriptional modulation by mutp53 is not understood, but increasing evidence points to the possibility that specific interactions of mutp53 with DNA play an important role.(More)
Simian virus 40 (SV40) is a powerful tool to study cellular transformation in vitro, as well as tumor development and progression in vivo. Various cellular kinases, among them members of the CK1 family, play an important role in modulating the transforming activity of SV40, including the transforming activity of T-Ag, the major transforming protein of SV40,(More)
Glioblastoma is the most common malignant brain tumor in adults. The currently available treatments offer only a palliative survival advantage and the need for effective treatments remains an urgent priority. Activation of the p53 growth suppression/apoptotic pathway is one of the promising strategies in targeting glioma cells. We show that the quinoline(More)
BALB/c and C57BL/6J mice were immunized with recombinant vaccines consisting of lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus CD8+ T-lymphocyte epitopes and a carrier protein. During challenge infection with WE strain lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus, mutants with alterations in distinct amino acid residues of the epitopic nonapeptides appeared and multiplied.(More)
Overexpression of p53 correlates with neoplasia in many cytological specimens. To test the specificity of overexpressed p53 as a tumour marker for the detection of pancreatic cancer, we analysed cytological specimens of pancreatic juice samples from patients with pancreatitis or pancreatic carcinoma (n = 42) for p53 protein overexpression. p53 protein(More)
The primary CTL response of BALB/c mice infected with the lymphocytic choriomeningitis (LCM) virus strain WE is directed exclusively against one major epitope, n118, whereas a viral variant, ESC, that does not express n118 induces CTL against minor epitopes. We identified one minor epitope, g283, that induces primary lytic activity in ESC-infected mice.(More)