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Telomere shortening in primary human fibroblasts results in replicative senescence, which can be overcome by telomerase (hTERT) overexpression. However, because immortalization is one of the hallmarks of malignant transformation, careful analysis of hTERT-immortalized cells is of crucial importance for understanding both processes. To this end, we infected(More)
Mental stress modifies both cholinergic neurotransmission and alternative splicing in the brain, via incompletely understood mechanisms. Here, we report that stress changes brain microRNA (miR) expression and that some of these stress-regulated miRs regulate alternative splicing. Acute and chronic immobilization stress differentially altered the expression(More)
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) contribute to both neuronal and immune cell fate, but their involvement in intertissue communication remained unexplored. The brain, via vagal secretion of acetylcholine (ACh), suppresses peripheral inflammation by intercepting cytokine production; therefore, we predicted that microRNAs targeting acetylcholinesterase (AChE) can attenuate(More)
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are abundant small regulatory RNAs with multiple roles in cell fate determination. The processes regulating cellular miRNA levels are still unclear and experimental oligonucleotide tools to readily mimic their effects are not yet available. Here, we report that thapsigargin-induced intracellular Ca(++) release suppressed pre-miR-181a(More)
While the stress-response-associated importance of the p53 tumor suppressor is well established, recent studies have also linked p53 with several basic parameters in the normal behavior of cells. Here, we present evidence that basal p53 expression in WI38 human embryonic lung fibroblasts restricts growth rate and mediates density-dependent inhibition of(More)
Adaptation of eukaryotic cells to changing environmental conditions entails rapid regulation of protein targeting and transport to specific organelles. Such adaptation is well exemplified in mammalian cells exposed to nitrogen starvation that are triggered to form and transport autophagosomes to lysosomes, thus constituting an inducible intracellular(More)
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