Cihan Çetinkaya

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The transcription regulatory oncoprotein c-Myc controls genes involved in cell growth, apoptosis, and oncogenesis. c-Myc is turned over very quickly through the ubiquitin/proteasome pathway. The proteins involved in this process are still unknown. We have found that Skp2 interacts with c-Myc and participates in its ubiquitylation and degradation. The(More)
Inhibition of cellular differentiation is one of the well-known biological activities of c-Myc-family proteins. We show here that Myc represses differentiation-induced expression of the cyclin-dependent kinase (CDK) inhibitor p21CIP1 (CDKN1A, p21), known to play an important role in cell fate decisions during growth and differentiation, in hematopoietic(More)
Aggressive neuroblastoma remains a significant cause of childhood cancer death despite current intensive multimodal treatment protocols. The purpose of the present work was to characterize the genetic and clinical diversity of such tumors by high resolution arrayCGH profiling. Based on a 32K BAC whole-genome tiling path array and using 50-250K Affymetrix(More)
Inhibition of tumor growth factor (TGF)-beta-mediated cell cycle exit is considered an important tumorigenic function of Myc oncoproteins. Here we found that TGF-beta1 enforced G(1) cell cycle arrest and cellular senescence in human U-937 myeloid tumor cells ectopically expressing v-Myc, which contains a stabilizing mutation frequently found in lymphomas.(More)
The MYCN protooncogene is involved in the control of cell proliferation, differentiation, and survival of neuroblasts. Deregulation of MYCN by gene amplification contributes to neuroblastoma development and is strongly correlated to advanced disease and poor outcome, emphasizing the urge for new therapeutic strategies targeting MYCN function. The(More)
The MYCN protooncogene is involved in the control of cell proliferation, differentiation, and survival of neuroblasts. Deregulation of MYCN by gene amplification contributes to neuroblastoma development and is strongly correlated to advanced disease and poor outcome, emphasizing the urge for new therapeutic strategies targeting MYCN function. The(More)
The Mad family proteins are transcriptional repressors belonging to the basic region/helix-loop-helix/leucine zipper family. They share a common obligatory dimerization partner, Max, with the oncoprotein c-Myc and antagonize the function of Myc to activate transcription. The Myc/Max/Mad network has therefore been suggested to function as a molecular switch(More)
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