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The widely used immunosuppressant cyclosporine A (CSA) blocks nuclear translocation of the transcription factor, NF-AT (nuclear factor of activated T cells), preventing its activity. mRNA for several NF-AT isoforms has been shown to exist in cells outside of the immune system, suggesting a possible mechanism for side effects associated with CSA treatment.(More)
Differentiation of skeletal muscle myoblasts follows an ordered sequence of events: commitment, cell cycle withdrawal, phenotypic differentiation, and finally cell fusion to form multinucleated myotubes. The molecular signaling pathways that regulate the progression are not well understood. Here we investigate the potential role of calcium and the(More)
Skeletal muscle formation and growth require the fusion of myoblasts to form multinucleated myofibers or myotubes, but few molecules are known to regulate myoblast fusion in mammals. The transcription factor NFATc2 controls myoblast fusion at a specific stage of myogenesis after the initial formation of a myotube and is necessary for further cell growth. By(More)
The nuclear factor of activated T cells (NFAT) family of transcription factors regulates the development and differentiation of several tissue types. Here, we examine the role of NFATC2 in skeletal muscle by analyzing adult NFATC2(-/)- mice. These mice exhibit reduced muscle size due to a decrease in myofiber cross-sectional area, suggesting that growth is(More)
The localization of gene products is central to the development of cell polarity and pattern specification during embryogenesis. To monitor the distribution of gene products encoded by different nuclei in the same cell in tissue culture, we fused cells of different species to form multinucleated non-dividing heterokaryons. In previous fusion studies,(More)
Gene delivery by transplantation of normal myoblasts has been proposed as a treatment of the primary defect, lack of the muscle protein dystrophin, that causes Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), a lethal human muscle degenerative disorder. To test this possibility, we transplanted normal myoblasts from a father or an unaffected sibling into the muscle of(More)
Normal and genetically engineered skeletal muscle cells (myoblasts) show promise as drug delivery vehicles and as therapeutic agents for treating muscle degeneration in muscular dystrophies. A limitation is the immune response of the host to the transplanted cells. Allogeneic myoblasts are rapidly rejected unless immunosuppressants are administered.(More)
The nuclear poly(A) binding protein 1 (PABPN1) is a ubiquitously expressed proteinthat plays critical roles at multiple steps in post-transcriptional regulation ofgene expression. Short expansions of the polyalanine tract in the N-terminus ofPABPN1 lead to oculopharyngeal muscular dystrophy (OPMD), which is an adult onsetdisease characterized by eyelid(More)
Aberrant expression of class I major histocompatibility complex (MHC) occurs on myofibers in inflammatory myopathies. The mechanisms responsible for such expression are unknown. Here we show that class I MHC expression is developmentally regulated during muscle regeneration with significant levels only in myoblasts. Injection of gamma-IFN plasmid leads to(More)