Frédérique Ruf

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The GnRH receptor influences gene expression in the gonadotrope through activating signaling cascades that modulate transcription factor expression and activity. A longstanding question in neuroendocrinology is how instructions received at the membrane in the form of the pattern of receptor stimulation are processed into specific biosynthetic changes at(More)
Gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) binds to the pituitary GnRH receptor to activate signal transduction cascades that ultimately modulate gonadotropin biosynthesis. Comprehensive studies of the GnRH-activated gene program in the LbetaT2 gonadotrope cell line have greatly increased our knowledge of the number of early and intermediate gene transcripts(More)
Myoclonus dystonia (M-D) is a hereditary movement disorder caused by a maternally imprinted gene that is often associated with psychiatric symptoms. Most cases of M-D are believed to result from mutations of the epsilon-sarcoglycan protein. The neuroanatomical distribution of epsilon-sarcoglycan-like immunoreactivity in mouse was investigated by using an(More)
The photostability and narrow emission spectra of non-organic quantum dot fluorophores (QDs) make them desirable candidates for fluorescent in situ hybridization (FISH) to study the expression of specific mRNA transcripts. We developed a novel method for direct QD labeling of modified oligonucleotide probes through streptavidin and biotin interactions, as(More)
The initial waves of gene induction caused by GnRH in the LbetaT2 gonadotrope cell line have recently been identified using microarrays. We now investigate the relationship of the concentration of GnRH to the level of biosynthesis induced. Using an optimized custom cDNA microarray, we show that a large number of genes are induced in a(More)
Mammalian reproduction requires gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH)-mediated signaling from brain neurons to pituitary gonadotropes. Because the pulses of released GnRH vary greatly in amplitude, we studied the biosynthetic response of the gonadotrope to varying GnRH concentrations, focusing on extracellular-regulated kinase (ERK) phosphorylation and egr1(More)
Reproductive physiology depends on the control of biosynthesis in the pituitary gonadotrope by hypothalamic gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH). The responses to GnRH include activation of extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK) and induction of Egr1. Using population and single cell signaling assays, we investigated the signal and noise transmission(More)
Gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) regulates biosynthesis in the pituitary gonadotrope via a complex signaling and gene network. Small non-coding microRNAs (miRNA) can play important roles in gene expression. We investigated the microtranscriptome in the mouse L?T2 gonadotrope cell line using microarray, single molecule coincidence detection assays,(More)
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