Bennet G Novitch

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Skeletal muscle differentiation entails the coordination of muscle-specific gene expression and terminal withdrawal from the cell cycle. This cell cycle arrest in the G0 phase requires the retinoblastoma tumor suppressor protein (Rb). The function of Rb is negatively regulated by cyclin-dependent kinases (Cdks), which are controlled by Cdk inhibitors.(More)
Viral oncoproteins that inactivate the retinoblastoma tumor suppressor protein (pRb) family both block skeletal muscle differentiation and promote cell cycle progression. To clarify the dependence of terminal differentiation on the presence of the different pRb-related proteins, we have studied myogenesis using isogenic primary fibroblasts derived from(More)
Skeletal muscle differentiation entails the coupling of muscle-specific gene expression to terminal withdrawal from the cell cycle. Several models have recently been proposed which attempt to explain how regulated expression and function of myogenic transcription factors ensures that proliferation and differentiation of skeletal muscle cells are mutually(More)
The retinoblastoma tumor suppressor protein (pRB) can inhibit cell cycle progression and promote differentiation. pRB interacts with a variety of transcription factors, including members of the E2F and C-EBP protein families and MyoD, and can either repress or activate transcription depending on the promoter under study. These biological and biochemical(More)
It was recently demonstrated that ectopic expression of cyclin D1 inhibits skeletal muscle differentiation and, conversely, that expression of cyclin-dependent kinase (cdk) inhibitors facilitates activation of this differentiation program (S. S. Rao, C. Chu, and D. S. Kohtz, Mol. Cell. Biol. 14:5259-5267, 1994; S. S. Rao and D. S. Kohtz, J. Biol. Chem.(More)
The serine/threonine kinase PAK4 is a target for the Rho GTPase Cdc42 and has been shown to regulate cell morphology and cytoskeletal organization in mammalian cells. To examine the physiological and developmental functions of PAK4, we have disrupted the PAK4 gene in mice. The absence of PAK4 led to lethality by embryonic day 11.5, a result most likely due(More)
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