Yolanda Figueroa

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Previous results from our laboratory have indicated a requirement for CK intermediate filaments (IF) for the organization of the apical domain in polarized epithelial cells in culture. The results seemed to be challenged by the phenotype of cytokeratin (CK) 8-deficient mice, which comprises only colorectal hyperplasia, female sterility and a weaker(More)
Atypical PKC (ι/λ and ζ; hereafter referred to as aPKC) is a key player in the acquisition of epithelial polarity and participates in other signaling cascades including the control of NF-κB signaling. This kinase is post-translationally regulated through Hsp70-mediated refolding. Previous work has shown that such a chaperoning activity is specifically(More)
We have previously shown that microtubule-organizing centers (MTOCs) attach to the apical network of intermediate filaments (IFs) in epithelial cells in culture and in epithelia in vivo. Because that attachment is important for the architecture of microtubules (MTs) in epithelia, we analyzed whether chemical anoxia in LLC-PK1 and CACO-2 cells or unilateral(More)
We have shown previously that centrosomes and other microtubule-organizing centers (MTOCs) attach to the apical intermediate filament (IF) network in CACO-2 cells. In this cell line, intermediate filaments do not disorganize during mitosis. Therefore, we speculated that the trigger of the G(2)-M boundary may also detach MTOCs from their IF anchor. If that(More)
The conserved proteins of the polarity complex made up of atypical PKC (aPKC, isoforms ι and ζ), Par6, and Par3 determine asymmetry in several cell types, from Caenorhabditis elegans oocytes to vertebrate epithelia and neurons. We previously showed that aPKC is down-regulated in intestinal epithelia under inflammatory stimulation. Further, expression of(More)
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