Arthur Zelent

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Aberrant transcriptional repression through chromatin remodelling and histone deacetylation has been postulated to represent a driving force underlying tumorigenesis because histone deacetylase inhibitors have been found to be effective in cancer treatment. However, the molecular mechanisms by which transcriptional derepression would be linked to tumour(More)
We have identified a unique case of acute promyelocytic leukaemia (APL) with a t(11;17) reciprocal chromosomal translocation involving the retinoic acid receptor alpha (RAR alpha) and a previously uncharacterized zinc finger gene. As a result of this translocation, mRNAs containing the coding sequences of the new gene, fused in-frame either upstream of the(More)
Acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL), a cytogenetically distinct subtype of acute myeloid leukemia (AML), characterized by the t(15;17)-associated PML-RARA fusion, has been successfully treated with therapy utilizing all-trans-retinoic acid (ATRA) to differentiate leukemic blasts. However, among patients with non-APL AML, ATRA-based treatment has not been(More)
Retinoic acid (RA), a putative morphogen in vertebrates, has profound effects on development during embryogenesis, chondrogenesis and differentiation of squamous epithelia. The distribution of the transcripts of the retinoic acid receptor gamma (RAR-gamma) gene has been studied here by in situ hybridization during mouse development from days 6.5 to 15.5(More)
Clonal cells derived from HepG2 cells transfected with a plasmid containing hepatitis B virus (HBV) DNA secrete hepatitis B surface antigen particles, nucleocapsids, and virions (M. A. Sells, M.-L. Chen, and G. Acs, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 84:1005-1009, 1987) which elicit acute hepatitis in chimpanzees (G. Acs, M. A. Sells, R. H. Purcell, P. Price, R.(More)
Hematopoietic stem cells in the bone marrow give rise to lymphoid progenitors, which subsequently differentiate into B and T lymphocytes. Here we show that the proto-oncogene LRF plays an essential role in the B versus T lymphoid cell-fate decision. We demonstrate that LRF is key for instructing early lymphoid progenitors in mice to develop into B lineage(More)
All-trans retinoic acid (ATRA)/arsenic trioxide (ATO) combination-based therapy has benefitted newly diagnosed acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL) in short-term studies, but the long-term efficacy and safety remained unclear. From April 2001, we have followed 85 patients administrated ATRA/ATO with a median follow-up of 70 months. Eighty patients (94.1%)(More)
In addition to having profound effects on embryonic pattern formation, retinoic acid (RA) has striking effects on differentiation and maintenance of epithelial cells in vivo and in vitro Skin is a major target organ for retinoids both in its normal and pathological states. The discovery of two human nuclear receptors for RA (hRAR alpha and hRAR beta) acting(More)
The PLZF gene was discovered by studying a rearrangement of the RAR alpha locus in a patient with acute promyelocytic leukemia and a t(11;17) chromosomal translocation. To understand further the potential role(s) of the PLZF gene product in hematopoiesis, we have examined its expression levels in a variety of murine tissues and in established cell lines(More)
Fanconi anemia (FA) is an autosomal recessive cancer susceptibility syndrome. The phenotype includes developmental defects, bone marrow failure, and cell cycle abnormalities. At least eight complementation groups (A-H) exist, and although three of the corresponding complementation group genes have been cloned, they lack recognizable motifs, and their(More)