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The c-Myc proto-oncogene encodes a transcription factor that is essential for cell growth and proliferation and is broadly implicated in tumorigenesis. However, the biological functions required by c-Myc to induce oncogenesis remain elusive. Here we show that c-Myc has a direct role in the control of DNA replication. c-Myc interacts with the pre-replicative(More)
Eukaryotes have six minichromosome maintenance (MCM) proteins that are essential for DNA replication. The contribution of ATPase activity of MCM complexes to their function in replication is poorly understood. We have established a cell-free system competent for replication in which all MCM proteins are supplied by purified recombinant Xenopus MCM(More)
The MEF2B gene encodes a transcriptional activator and is found mutated in ∼11% of diffuse large B cell lymphomas (DLBCLs) and ∼12% of follicular lymphomas. Here, we show that MEF2B directly activates the transcription of the proto-oncogene BCL6 in normal germinal-center B cells and is required for DLBCL proliferation. MEF2B mutations enhance MEF2B(More)
Upon antigenic challenge, B cells enter the dark-zone (DZ) of germinal-centers (GC) to proliferate and hypermutate their immunoglobulin genes. Mutants with increased affinity are positively selected in the light-zone (LZ) to either differentiate into plasma and memory cells, or re-enter the DZ. The molecular circuits governing GC positive selection are not(More)
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