Gabriella Siciliano

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Extracellular regulation of signaling by transforming growth factor (TGF)-β family members is emerging as a key aspect of organ formation and tissue remodeling. In this study, we demonstrate that fibrillin-1 and -2, the structural components of extracellular microfibrils, differentially regulate TGF-β and bone morphogenetic protein (BMP) bioavailability in(More)
Reduced bone mineral density (osteopenia) is a poorly characterized manifestation of pediatric and adult patients afflicted with Marfan syndrome (MFS), a multisystem disorder caused by structural or quantitative defects in fibrillin-1 that perturb tissue integrity and TGFβ bioavailability. Here we report that mice with progressively severe MFS(More)
Systemic and local factors regulate the activity of osteoblasts and osteoclasts during bone growth and remodeling by modulating a complex array of intracellular signaling events. Recent genetic evidence implicates extracellular fibrillin assemblies (microfibrils and elastic fibers) in imparting contextual specificity to endogenous transforming growth(More)
Mutations in fibrillin-1 or fibrillin-2, the major structural components of extracellular microfibrils, cause pleiotropic manifestations in Marfan syndrome and congenital contractural arachnodactyly, respectively. We recently found that fibrillin-1 and fibrillin-2 control bone formation by regulating osteoblast differentiation through the differential(More)
By generating mRNA containing a premature termination codon (PTC), alternative splicing (AS) can quantitatively regulate the expression of genes that are degraded by nonsense-mediated mRNA decay (NMD). We previously demonstrated that AS-induced retention of part of intron 3 of rpL3 pre-mRNA produces an mRNA isoform that contains a PTC and is targeted for(More)
In Drosophila melanogaster, Cup acts as a translational regulator during oocyte maturation and early embryogenesis. In this report, we show that Cup associates with Miranda, an adaptor protein involved in localization of specific mRNA complexes in both neuroblasts and oocytes. miranda and cup also interact genetically, since reducing miranda activity(More)
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