Claudia Covaciu

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The SKI protein is a transcriptional coregulator over-expressed in melanoma. Experimentally induced down-regulation of SKI inhibits melanoma cell growth in vitro and in vivo. MicroRNAs (miRNAs) negatively modulate gene expression and have been implicated in oncogenesis. We previously showed that microRNA-155 (miR-155) is down-regulated in melanoma cells as(More)
PHA-848125 is a novel cyclin-dependent kinase inhibitor under Phase I/II clinical investigation. In this study, we describe, for the first time, the effect of PHA-848125 on human melanoma cells in vitro. Seven melanoma cell lines with different sensitivity to temozolomide (TMZ) were exposed to PHA-848125 for 5 days and then assayed for cell growth. In all(More)
Harlequin ichthyosis (HI) is the most severe and often lethal form of congenital ichthyosis, characterized by abnormal desquamation and extreme skin thickening and hardening over the entire body. It is caused by recessive loss-of-function mutations in the ABCA12 gene located on chromosome 2q34. Here, we report a sporadic HI patient born prematurely due to(More)
Keratosis follicularis spinulosa decalvans (KFSD) is an uncommon genodermatosis mainly characterized by follicular hyperkeratosis, progressive cicatricial alopecia and photophobia. Although an excess of affected males and linkage studies strongly suggest an X-linked pattern of inheritance, an apparently rarer autosomal dominant form with prominent(More)
Dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa pruriginosa (DEB-Pr) (OMIM 604129) represents a distinct variant within the DEB clinical spectrum. It is characterized by intense pruritus and distinctive nodular prurigo-like and/or hypertrophic lichenoid lesions mainly localized on the arms, legs and upper shoulders. DEB-Pr is caused by either dominant (DDEB-Pr) or(More)
Epidermolytic ichthyosis (EI; MIM 113800), previously named bullous congenital ichthyosiform erythroderma or epidermolytic hyperkeratosis, is a rare and clinically variable defect of cornification characterized by generalized erythema, erosions, scaling and easily breaking blisters that become less frequent later in life while hyperkeratosis increases. EI(More)
Nicolaides-Baraitser syndrome (NBS) is a recognizable pattern of human malformations so far reported only in 5 patients. This condition is chiefly characterized by congenital hypotrichosis, peculiar facial gestalt, short metacarpals, interphalangeal swelling, and growth and mental retardation. Although skin manifestations represent a prominent NBS feature,(More)