Faouzi Baklouti

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Protein 4.1 is an 80-kD structural component of the red blood cell (RBC) cytoskeleton. It is critical for the formation of the spectrin/actin/protein 4.1 junctional complex, the integrity of which is important for the horizontal strength and elasticity of RBCs. We and others have previously shown that multiple protein 4.1 mRNA isoforms are generated from a(More)
We describe an 18-year-old with moderate hereditary spherocytosis. The condition was associated with a 35% decrease in band 3. The underlying mutation was Arg to stop at codon 150 (CGA-->TGA) and was designated R150X, which defined allele Lyon of the EPB3 gene. The inheritance pattern was dominant. However, the mother, who also carried the allele Lyon, had(More)
Protein 4.1 is a globular 80-kDa component of the erythrocyte membrane skeleton that enhances spectrin-actin interaction via its internal 10-kDa domain. Previous studies have shown that protein 4.1 mRNA is expressed as multiple alternatively spliced isoforms, resulting from the inclusion or exclusion of small cassette sequences called motifs. By tissue(More)
Red cells ow their mechanical properties, that is, their resistance and their elastic deformability, to a protein network that laminates the lipid bilayer and to proteins spanning the latter. All proteins are interconnected. Their structure, as well as the structure of the corresponding genes, will be outlined. Numerous mutations have allowed to reclassify(More)
The inclusion of exon 16 in the mature protein 4.1R messenger RNA (mRNA) is a critical event in red blood cell membrane biogenesis. It occurs during late erythroid development and results in inclusion of the 10-kd domain needed for stabilization of the spectrin/actin lattice. In this study, an experimental model was established in murine erythroleukemia(More)
Sustained expression of the Spi-1/PU.1 and Fli-1 oncoproteins blocks globin gene activation in mouse erythroleukemia cells; however, only Spi-1/PU.1 expression inhibits the inclusion of exon 16 in the mature 4.1R mRNA. This splicing event is crucial for a functional 4.1R protein and, therefore, for red blood cell membrane integrity. This report demonstrates(More)
Three independent cases of Hemoglobin J-Baltimore(beta 16(A13)Gly----Asp) were detected through the assay of HbA1c in diabetic patients. Using chromatography on Bio-Rex 70 resin, one large peak replaced the usually well resolved peaks of HbA1a + b and HbA1c. The species that overlapped the latter fractions was identified as HbJ1c. HbJ-Baltimore itself was(More)
The inclusion of exon 16 in mature protein 4.1R mRNA arises from a stage-specific splicing event that occurs during late erythroid development. We have shown that mouse erythroleukemia (MEL) cells reproduce this erythroid-specific splicing event upon induction of differentiation. We here found that this splicing event is regulated specifically in(More)
Spi-1/PU.1 oncogene is downregulated as proerythroblasts undergo terminal differentiation. Insertion of the Friend virus upstream of the Spi-1/PU.1 locus leads to the constitutive upregulation of Spi-1/PU.1, and a subsequent block in the differentiation of the affected erythroblasts. We have shown that sustained overexpression of Spi-1/PU.1 also inhibits(More)
The alpha V/41 polymorphism of erythroid alpha-spectrin has been characterized initially by an increased susceptibility to proteolysis of the alpha IV-alpha V domain junction (Alloisio N., L. Morlé, J. Maréchal, A.-F. Roux, M.-T. Ducluzeau, D. Guetarni, B. Pothier, F. Baklouti, A. Ghanem, R. Kastally, et al. 1991. J. Clin. Invest. 87:2169-2177). Until now,(More)