Damir T. Alzhanov

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Many of the biological effects of growth hormone (GH) are mediated by insulin-like growth factor I (IGF-I), a 70-amino acid secreted peptide whose gene expression is rapidly induced by GH via the Stat5b transcription factor. We previously identified multiple evolutionarily conserved GH-activated chromosomal binding domains for Stat5b within the rat Igf1(More)
The differentiation, maintenance, and repair of skeletal muscle is controlled by interactions between genetically determined transcriptional programs regulated by myogenic transcription factors and environmental cues activated by growth factors and hormones. Signaling through the insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF1) receptor by locally produced IGF2 defines(More)
Skeletal muscle differentiation and regeneration are regulated by interactions between exogenous hormone- and growth factor-activated signaling cascades and endogenous muscle-specific transcriptional programs. IGF-I and IGF-II can promote muscle differentiation in vitro and can enhance muscle maintenance and repair in vivo. In contrast, members of the TGF-β(More)
Insulin-like growth factor-2 (IGF2) is highly expressed in skeletal muscle and was identified as a quantitative trait locus for muscle mass. Yet little is known about mechanisms of its regulation in muscle. Recently, a DNA segment found ∼100 kb from the Igf2 gene was identified as a possible muscle transcriptional control element. Here we have developed an(More)
Growth hormone (GH) plays a central role in regulating somatic growth and in controlling multiple physiological processes in humans and other vertebrates. A key agent in many GH actions is the secreted peptide, IGF-I. As established previously, GH stimulates IGF-I gene expression via the Stat5b transcription factor, leading to production of IGF-I mRNAs and(More)
Growth hormone (GH) plays an essential role in controlling somatic growth and in regulating multiple physiological processes in humans and other species. Insulin-like growth factor I (IGF-I), a conserved, secreted 70-amino acid peptide, is a critical mediator of many of the biological effects of GH. Previous studies have demonstrated that GH rapidly and(More)
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