Anna Belgrano

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Interactions between Z-disc proteins regulate muscle functions and disruption of these interactions results in muscle disorders. Mutations in Z-disc components myotilin, ZASP/Cypher, and FATZ-2 (calsarcin-1/myozenin-2) are associated with myopathies. We report here that the myotilin and the FATZ (calsarcin/myozenin) families share high homology at their(More)
The muscle ankyrin repeat protein (MARP) family member Ankrd1/CARP is a part of the titin-mechanosensory signaling complex in the sarcomere and in response to stretch it translocates to the nucleus where it participates in the regulation of cardiac genes as a transcriptional co-repressor. Several studies have focused on its structural role in muscle, but(More)
Hereditary haemochromatosis is an inherited disorder characterised by an excessive iron absorption from the diet and is associated with several HFE gene mutations. One hypothesis is that these genetic mutations originated in the Celtic populations. The aim of this study is to determine the frequency of HFE gene mutations in a clustered Italian population of(More)
LNCIB has been producing a variety of human full-length-enriched, normalized and subtracted cDNA libraries from various cell lines and tissues in different developmental stages by using the CAP-Trapper method. By sequencing 23000 clones of these libraries we identified a pool of about 5800 good quality unique cDNAs. After BLAST analysis on Human(More)
BACKGROUND Ankrd2 (also known as Arpp) together with Ankrd1/CARP and DARP are members of the MARP mechanosensing proteins that form a complex with titin (N2A)/calpain 3 protease/myopalladin. In muscle, Ankrd2 is located in the I-band of the sarcomere and moves to the nucleus of adjacent myofibers on muscle injury. In myoblasts it is predominantly in the(More)
ZASP is a cytoskeletal PDZ-LIM protein predominantly expressed in striated muscle. It forms multiprotein complexes and plays a pivotal role in the structural integrity of sarcomeres. Mutations in the ZASP protein are associated with myofibrillar myopathy, left ventricular non-compaction and dilated cardiomyopathy. The ablation of its murine homologue Cypher(More)
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