Diana Shpektor

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There is an unmet medical need for anabolic treatments to restore lost bone. Human genetic bone disorders provide insight into bone regulatory processes. Sclerosteosis is a disease typified by high bone mass due to the loss of SOST expression. Sclerostin, the SOST gene protein product, competed with the type I and type II bone morphogenetic protein (BMP)(More)
High bone mass diseases are caused both by activating mutations in the Wnt pathway and by loss of SOST, a bone morphogenetic protein (BMP) antagonist, leading to the activation of BMP signaling. Given the phenotypic similarity between mutations that activate these signaling pathways, it seems likely that BMPs and Wnts operate in parallel or represent(More)
Hydrophobic interaction chromatography (HIC) was used to separate populations of recombinant IgG2 antibody that were created as a result of prolonged incubation at 40 degrees C. Antibody was separated by HIC into three major and seven minor fractions. All but one fraction was composed of antibody with distinct chemical modifications that resulted from(More)
Noggin and sclerostin are bone morphogenetic protein (BMP) antagonists that modulate mitogenic activity through sequestering BMPs. Little is known of the interactions among this class of proteins. We show that recombinant sclerostin and noggin bound to each other with high affinity (K(D) = 2.92 nm). This observation has been extended to naturally expressed(More)
The ability of nerve cells to regulate the expression of specific neurotransmitter receptors is of central importance to nervous system function, but little is known about the DNA elements that mediate neuron specific gene expression. The type A gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA(A)) receptor alpha6-subunit gene, which is expressed exclusively in cerebellar(More)
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