Angela C. Hirbe

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Neurofibromatosis type 1 is a relatively common inherited disorder. Patients have a high predisposition to develop both benign and malignant tumours. Although many manifestations of neurofibromatosis type 1 affect the nervous system, other organs and tissues can also be affected. Because of the varying features and clinical heterogeneity inherent to this(More)
We have identified a protein isoform of the neurofibromatosis 1 (NF1) gene (neurofibromin) containing the alternatively spliced exon 9a that is expressed in forebrain neurons. Exon 9a neurofibromin is localized in the cytoplasm, sediments in a P100 fraction, and is expressed throughout the soma and processes in cortical neurons in vitro. Expression of exon(More)
The neurofibromatosis 2 (NF2) tumor suppressor belongs to the Protein 4.1 family of molecules that link the actin cytoskeleton to cell surface glycoproteins. We have previously demonstrated that the NF2 protein, merlin, can suppress cell growth in vitro and in vivo as well as impair actin cytoskeleton-associated processes, such as cell spreading,(More)
The adenosine diphosphate (ADP) receptor P2RY12 (purinergic receptor P2Y, G protein coupled, 12) plays a critical role in platelet aggregation, and P2RY12 inhibitors are used clinically to prevent cardiac and cerebral thrombotic events. Extracellular ADP has also been shown to increase osteoclast (OC) activity, but the role of P2RY12 in OC biology is(More)
Malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumors (MPNSTs) are highly aggressive sarcomas that arise sporadically or in association with the Neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) cancer predisposition syndrome. In individuals with NF1, MPNSTs are hypothesized to arise from Nf1-deficient Schwann cell precursor cells following the somatic acquisition of secondary cooperating(More)
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