Ana Carolina Barbosa

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Histone deacetylases (HDACs) modulate cell growth and differentiation by governing chromatin structure and repressing the activity of specific transcription factors. We showed previously that HDAC9 acts as a negative regulator of cardiomyocyte hypertrophy and skeletal muscle differentiation. Here we report that HDAC4, which is expressed in prehypertrophic(More)
The basic helix-loop-helix transcription factors Hand1 and Hand2 display dynamic and spatially restricted expression patterns in the developing heart. Mice that lack Hand2 die at embryonic day 10.5 from right ventricular hypoplasia and vascular defects, whereas mice that lack Hand1 die at embryonic day 8.5 from placental and extra-embryonic abnormalities(More)
Learning and memory depend on the activity-dependent structural plasticity of synapses and changes in neuronal gene expression. We show that deletion of the MEF2C transcription factor in the CNS of mice impairs hippocampal-dependent learning and memory. Unexpectedly, these behavioral changes were accompanied by a marked increase in the number of excitatory(More)
The molecular mechanism by which neural progenitor cells commit to a specified lineage of the central nervous system remains unknown. We show that HDAC1 and HDAC2 redundantly control neuronal development and are required for neuronal specification. Mice lacking HDAC1 or HDAC2 in neuronal precursors show no overt histoarchitectural phenotypes, whereas(More)
Myocardin is a cardiac- and smooth muscle-specific SAP domain transcription factor that functions as a coactivator for serum response factor (SRF), which controls genes involved in muscle differentiation and cell proliferation. The DNA binding domain of SRF, which interacts with myocardin, shares homology with the MEF2 transcription factor, which also(More)
The THI4 gene of Saccharomyces cerevisiae encodes an enzyme of the thiamine biosynthetic pathway. The plant homolog thi1, from Arabidopsis thaliana, is also involved in thiamine biosynthesis; but was originally cloned due to its capacity to complement DNA repair deficient phenotypes in Escherichia coli. Here, the behavior of a thi4 disrupted strain was(More)
Hand proteins are evolutionally conserved basic helix-loop-helix (bHLH) transcription factors implicated in development of neural crest-derived tissues, heart and limb. Hand1 is expressed in the distal (ventral) zone of the branchial arches, whereas the Hand2 expression domain extends ventrolaterally to occupy two-thirds of the mandibular arch. To(More)
Web and Grid Services are quickly maturing as a technology that allows for the integration of applications belonging to different administrative domains, enabling much faster and efficient business-to-business arrangements. For such an integration to be effective, the Provider and the consumer of a service must negotiate a Service Level Agreement (SLA),(More)
The basic helix-loop-helix (bHLH) transcription factor Hand2 is required for growth and development of the heart, branchial arches and limb buds. To determine whether DNA binding is required for Hand2 to regulate the growth and development of these different embryonic tissues, we generated mutant mice in which the Hand2 locus was modified by a mutation(More)
The methylation profile of ten α-satellites was investigated in normal individuals and in ICF (Immunodeficiency, Centromeric instability, Facial abnormalities) patients. Two out of three ICF patients showed modified methylation of these sequences, reproducing a placental profile. CENP-B boxes, the binding sites of centromeric protein B, were always skewed(More)