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Single-chain urokinase-type plasminogen activator (scu-PA) is cleaved by thrombin, resulting in an inactive molecule called thrombin-cleaved two-chain urokinase-type plasminogen activator (tcu-PA/T). There is no knowledge about cell-mediated inactivation of scu-PA. We have studied whether scu-PA...
We have previously reported that myo -inositol uptake and metabolism is reduced in human fibroblasts derived from patients with ataxia telangiectasia (AT). Treating normal fibroblasts with 10–100 μM wortmannin duplicates some of the phenotypic properties of AT fibroblasts including the...
Matrix metalloproteinase-2 (MMP-2) has been suggested to play a crucial role in tumor invasion and angiogenesis. In order to understand the mechanisms underlying proMMP-2 activation, we compared the biochemical and cellular events triggered by two potent MMP-2 activators, the lectin concanavalin...
This study was undertaken to begin to elucidate the mechanisms by which cytokines influence intracellular iron homeostasis. Intracellular iron homeostasis is maintained by the coordinated regulation of ferritin and transferrin receptor synthesis. The synthesis of these proteins is coordinated by...
Spontaneous and glucocorticoid (fluocinolone acetonide, FA)-induced apoptosis of primary mouse thymocytes was inhibited by protein kinase C (PKC) activators such as bryostatin-1 and phorbol ester 12- O -tetradecanoyl-phorbol-13 acetate (TPA) within the first 2–4 h of incubation but was enhanced...
The release of amino acids from their vacuolar store was studied in situ, i.e. in cells with selectively permeabilized plasma membrane and functionally intact vacuoles. As we previously described (Roos et al., J. Biol. Chem. 272 (1997) 15849–15855), this transport process is regulated by...
Microscopic imaging of fluorescent lipid derivatives is a powerful tool to study membrane organization and lipid trafficking but it is complicated by cellular autofluorescence background and photobleaching of the fluorophore as well as by the difficulty to selectively image membranes stacked on...
Clathrin-mediated endocytosis includes cycles of assembly and disassembly of the clathrin-coated vesicle constituents. How these cycles are regulated is still not fully known but previous studies have indicated that phosphorylation of coat subunits may play a role. Here we describe that...
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