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Screening a cDNA library from human skeletal muscle and cardiac muscle with a cDNA probe derived from junctin led to the isolation of two groups of cDNA clones. The first group displayed a deduced amino acid sequence that is 84% identical to that of dog heart junctin, whereas the second group had a single open reading frame that encoded a polypeptide with a(More)
OBJECTIVE To identify microRNAs (miRNAs) differentially expressed at early stages of gestation (12-14 weeks) in the serum of pregnant women, who later developed severe preeclampsia (sPE) in the third trimester of pregnancy (n = 24) compared to women with normal pregnancy (n = 24). MATERIALS AND METHODS Sera from 12-14-week-gestation whole blood were(More)
Peptide nucleic acids (PNAs) are DNA mimics composed of N-(2-aminoethyl)glycine units. This structure gives to PNAs (a) resistance to DNases and proteinases, (b) capacity to hybridize with high affinity to complementary sequences of single-stranded RNA and DNA, and (c) capacity to form highly stable (PNA)(2)-RNA triplexes with RNA targets. Furthermore,(More)
The aim of the present study was to identify molecular analogs of angelicin (ANG) able to increase erythroid differentiation of K562 cells and expression of gamma-globin genes in human erythroid precursor cells, with low effects on apoptosis. ANG-like molecules are well-known photosensitizers largely used for their antiproliferative activity in the(More)
We determined whether peptide nucleic acids (PNAs) are able to interact with NF-kappaB p52 transcription factor. The binding of NF-kappaB p52 to DNA-DNA, DNA-PNA, PNA-DNA, and PNA-PNA hybrid molecules carrying the NF-kappaB binding sites of human immunodeficiency type 1 long terminal repeat was studied by (i) biospecific interaction analysis (BIA) using(More)
Erythroid differentiation of human leukemic K 562 cells is inhibited by the iron chelator desferrioxamine (DF). In addition, desferrioxamine induces an increase of uptake of hemin. When hemin is added to the culture medium, the DF-mediated inhibitory effects on erythroid induction are reversed. Briefly, hemin allows hemoglobin synthesis by K 562 cells(More)
In this paper we report the characterization of a newly sequenced 5' upstream region of the human HLA-DRA gene. We performed (i) search for transcription factor motifs, (ii) analysis of CpG display and observed/expected frequency ratios, (iii) search for regions homologous to the 5' upstream sequences of the murine EA gene, (iv) DNase I footprinting(More)
In several types of thalassemia (including beta(0)39-thalassemia), stop codon mutations lead to premature translation termination and to mRNA destabilization through nonsense-mediated decay. Drugs (for instance aminoglycosides) can be designed to suppress premature termination, inducing a ribosomal readthrough. These findings have introduced new hopes for(More)
Nonsense mutations, giving rise to UAA, UGA and UAG stop codons within the coding region of mRNAs, promote premature translational termination and are the leading cause of approx. 30% of inherited diseases, including cystic fibrosis, Duchenne muscular dystrophy and thalassaemia. For instance, in beta(0)39-thalassaemia the CAG (glutamine) codon is mutated to(More)
We report in this paper a novel thalassemia mutation (insertion of a single A nucleotide within the exon 1, at codon 18, of the beta-globin gene) associated with a deletion of the deltabeta-globin gene region, in a patient exhibiting high persistence of fetal hemoglobin. The novel mutation causes a frameshift with the generation of a UGA stop codon.(More)