Georgina M Platt

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Kaposi's sarcoma (KS)-associated herpesvirus or human herpesvirus 8 (KSHV/HHV8) is the likely cause of KS and primary effusion lymphomas or body cavity-based lymphomas (BCBLs). A latency-associated nuclear immunofluorescence antigen (LANA) (D. H. Kedes, E. Operskalski, M. Busch, R. Kohn, J. Flood, and D. Ganem, Nat. Med. 2:918-924, 1996; S. J. Gao, L.(More)
Kaposi's sarcoma-associated herpesvirus (KSHV/HHV-8) is the likely infectious cause of Kaposi's sarcoma, primary effusion lymphoma, and some cases of multicentric Castleman's disease. Its latent nuclear antigen (LANA) is expressed in the nuclei of latently infected cells and may play a role in the persistence of episomal viral DNA in dividing cells. Here we(More)
Kaposi sarcoma-associated herpes virus (KSHV) encodes a D-like cyclin (K-cyclin) that is thought to contribute to the viral oncogenicity. K-cyclin activates cellular cyclin-dependent kinases (CDK) 4 and 6, generating enzymes with a substrate selectivity deviant from CDK4 and CDK6 activated by D-type cyclins, suggesting different biochemical and biological(More)
LANA, the major latency-associated nuclear antigen of Kaposi's sarcoma herpesvirus/human herpesvirus-8 (KSHV/HHV-8), binds RING3 protein, one of five human homologues of the fsh (female sterile homeotic) gene product of Drosophila. In KSHV/HHV-8-infected cells LANA and the viral episomes accumulate in heterochromatin-associated nuclear bodies. Here we show(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES A female patient presented with splenomegaly and lymphocytosis with atypical lymphoid cell morphology. We identified t(2;7)(p12;q21) prompting studies of the translocation breakpoint and its consequences on protein expression to confirm or otherwise the recently reported involvement of CDK6 and IG k genes in the t(2;7) leading to(More)
Human cancers often contain genetic alterations that disable G1/S checkpoint control and loss of this checkpoint is thought to critically contribute to cancer generation by permitting inappropriate proliferation and distorting fate-driven cell cycle exit. The identification of cell permeable small molecules that activate the G1/S checkpoint may therefore(More)
The Kaposi's Sarcoma associated Herpes virus (KSHV) encodes two genes with the potential to affect the activity of the retinoblastoma protein (Rb). Open reading frame (orf) 72 encodes a D type cyclin (kcyc) that can elicit p16INK4a resistant cdk activity and orf73 encodes the latency associated nuclear antigen (LNA) that can bind Rb and neutralize E2F(More)
The tumor suppressor protein, pRb, regulates progression through the G1 phase of the cell cycle by its ability to bind to and regulate the activity of a variety of transcription factors. This function of pRb is disabled through its phosphorylation by the cyclin-dependent kinase (CDK) family of serine/threonine kinases. In many human cancers, genetic(More)
The human herpesvirus 8 (HHV8/KSHV), along with certain other herpesviruses, encodes a gene with cyclin homology. Although the functional significance of the encoded cyclin is not clear at present, various lines of evidence propose a role for this cyclin in latently infected cells and possibly in the induction of tumors that arise in HHV8-infected(More)
Treatment of Schizosaccharomyces pombe with the C5 DNA methyltransferase (C5Mtase) inhibitor 5-azacytidine (5-azaC) has previously been shown to induce G2 checkpoint-dependent cell cycle arrest. S. pombe strains defective in both the checkpoint control pathways and in DNA repair processes are sensitive to 5-azaC. Here we describe the isolation of azr1+, as(More)