Bianca Maria Scicchitano

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Mammals generate external coloration via dedicated pigment-producing cells but arrange pigment into patterns through mechanisms largely unknown. Here, using mice as models, we show that patterns ultimately emanate from dedicated pigment-receiving cells. These pigment recipients are epithelial cells that recruit melanocytes to their position in the skin and(More)
Although adult skeletal muscle is composed of fully differentiated fibers, it retains the capacity to regenerate in response to injury and to modify its contractile and metabolic properties in response to changing demands. The major role in the growth, remodeling and regeneration is played by satellite cells, a quiescent population of myogenic precursor(More)
Skeletal muscle is susceptible to injury following trauma, neurological dysfunction, and genetic diseases. Skeletal muscle homeostasis is maintained by a pronounced regenerative capacity, which includes the recruitment of stem cells. Chronic exposure to tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF) triggers a muscle wasting reminiscent of cachexia. To better understand(More)
Terminal differentiation of myogenic cells has long been known to be positively regulated by insulin-like growth factors (IGFs). Arg8-vasopressin (AVP) has been recently reported to potently induce myogenic differentiation. In the present study, the effects and the mechanisms of action of AVP and IGFs on myogenic cells have been investigated under(More)
The neurohypophyseal nonapeptide Arg8 vasopressin (AVP) promotes differentiation of cultured L6 and L5 myogenic cell lines and mouse primary satellite cells. Here, we investigated the molecular mechanism involved in the induction of the myogenic program by AVP. In L6 cells, AVP treatment rapidly induces Myf-5, myogenin, and myocyte enhancer factor 2 (MEF2)(More)
The bcr1- and bcr3- promyelocytic leukemia/retinoic acid receptor alpha (PML/RAR alpha) are the two major fusion proteins expressed in acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL) patients. These proteins, which are present in different lengths of PML (amino acids 1-552 and 1-394, respectively), contain most of the functional domains of PML and RAR alpha, bind(More)
All-trans retinoic acid (t-RA) administration leads to complete remission in acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL) patients by inducing growth arrest and differentiation of the leukemic clone. In the present study, we show that t-RA treatment dramatically induced type II transglutaminase (type II TGase) expression in cells carrying the t(15;17) translocation(More)
Most muscle pathologies are characterized by the progressive loss of muscle tissue due to chronic degeneration combined with the inability of regeneration machinery to replace the damaged muscle. These pathological changes, known as muscle wasting, can be attributed to the activation of several proteolytic systems, such as calpain, ubiquitin-proteasome and(More)
Skeletal muscle has a remarkable capacity to regenerate after mechanical or pathological injury. We show that the V1a receptor (V1aR) for vasopressin, a potent myogenic-promoting factor that stimulates differentiation and hypertrophy in vitro, is expressed in mouse skeletal muscle and modulated during regeneration after experimental injury. We used gene(More)
Capacity of adult muscle to regenerate in response to injury stimuli represents an important homeostatic process. Regeneration is a highly coordinated program that partially recapitulates the embryonic developmental program. However, muscle regeneration is severely compromised in several pathological conditions. It is likely that the restricted tissue(More)