Christine Misquitta

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UNLABELLED Genomic analyses are yielding a host of new information on the multiple genetic abnormalities associated with specific types of cancer. A comprehensive description of cancer-associated genetic abnormalities can improve our ability to classify tumors into clinically relevant subgroups and, on occasion, identify mutant genes that drive the cancer(More)
We describe the application of a microarray platform, which combines information from exon body and splice-junction probes, to perform a quantitative analysis of tissue-specific alternative splicing (AS) for thousands of exons in mammalian cells. Through this system, we have analyzed global features of AS in major mouse tissues. The results provide numerous(More)
Alternative splicing (AS) functions to expand proteomic complexity and plays numerous important roles in gene regulation. However, the extent to which AS coordinates functions in a cell and tissue type specific manner is not known. Moreover, the sequence code that underlies cell and tissue type specific regulation of AS is poorly understood. Using(More)
Sequence-based analyses have predicted that approximately 35% of mammalian alternative splicing (AS) events produce premature termination codon (PTC)-containing splice variants that are targeted by the process of nonsense-mediated mRNA decay (NMD). This led to speculation that AS may often regulate gene expression by activating NMD. Using AS microarrays, we(More)
Mobilization of endoplasmic reticulum Ca2+ is pivotal to the ability of a cell to send or respond to stimuli. Ca(2+)-Mg(2+)-ATPases, termed SERCA pumps, sequester Ca2+ into the sarco/endoplasmic reticulum. There are several SERCA protein isoforms encoded by three genes. This paper summarizes the structure, function, tissue and subcellular distribution, and(More)
Indomethacin and related nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs relax prostanoid-dependent intrinsic tone of isolated guinea pig trachea by inhibiting cyclooxygenase (COX). Recently, a second isoform of COX (COX-2) was discovered, which differed from COX-1 with respect to protein structure, transcriptional regulation, and susceptibility to inhibition by(More)
Knowledge of transcription and translation has advanced our understanding of cardiac diseases. Here, we present the hypothesis that the stability of mRNA mediated by the 3′-untranslated region (3′-UTR) plays a role in changing gene expression in cardiovascular pathophysiology. Several proteins that bind to sequences in the 3′-UTR of mRNA of cardiovascular(More)
Stomach smooth muscle (SSM) and left ventricular muscle (LVM) express the sarco(endo)plasmic reticulum Ca(2+)-ATPase (SERCA) pump gene SERCA2. Alternative splicing yields two major isoforms, SERCA2a in LVM and slow twitch muscle and SERCA2b in SSM and most other tissues. The splices have different 3'-untranslated regions (UTR) and also encode proteins that(More)
Sarco(endo)plasmic reticulum Ca2+ pumps are encoded by genes SERCA1, SERCA2, and SERCA3. Most tissues express SERCA2 Ca2+ pumps (splice SERCA2b) which are inactivated by reactive oxygen. In contrast, SERCA3 is expressed in tissues such as tracheal epithelium, mast cells, lymphoid cells, and aortic endothelium, which are frequently exposed to oxidative(More)