Guerrino Meneguzzi

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The authors have adopted a new nomenclature for the laminins. They are numbered with arabic numerals in the order discovered. The previous A, B1 and B2 chains, and their isoforms, are alpha, beta and gamma, respectively, followed by an arabic numeral to identify the isoform. For example, the first laminin identified from the Engelbreth-Holm-Swarm tumor is(More)
A simplification of the laminin nomenclature is presented. Laminins are multidomain heterotrimers composed of alpha, beta and gamma chains. Previously, laminin trimers were numbered with Arabic numerals in the order discovered, that is laminins-1 to -5. We introduce a new identification system for a trimer using three Arabic numerals, based on the alpha,(More)
Pyloric atresia associated with junctional epidermolysis bullosa (PA-JEB), is a rare inherited disorder characterized by pyloric stenosis and blistering of the skin as primary manifestations. We demonstrate that in one PA-JEB patient the disease resulted from two distinct mutations in the beta 4 integrin gene alleles. The paternal mutation consists of a one(More)
Proinflammatory cytokines are frequently observed in the tumor microenvironment, and chronic inflammation is involved in cancer initiation and progression. We show that cytokine signaling through the receptor subunit GP130-IL6ST and the kinase JAK1 generates actomyosin contractility through Rho-kinase dependent signaling. This pathway generates contractile(More)
Epidermolysis bullosa simplex with muscular dystrophy (MD-EBS) is a disease characterized by generalized blistering of the skin associated with muscular involvement. We report that the skin of three MD-EBS patients is not reactive with antibodies 6C6, 10F6, or 5B3 raised against the intermediate filament-associated protein plectin. Immunofluorescence and(More)
Nicein/kalinin (laminin-5) is a heterotrimeric laminin-like adhesion protein, which is secreted at the basement membrane of subsets of epithelia and is involved in the etiology of junctional epidermolysis bullosa, a severe human blistering disease characterized by disadhesion of epidermis from dermis. cDNA clones encoding the three chains of mouse nicein(More)
The inherited mechanobullous disorder, junctional epidermolysis bullosa (JEB), is characterized by extensive blistering and erosions of the skin and mucous membranes. The diagnostic hallmarks of JEB include ultrastructural abnormalities in the hemidesmosomes of the cutaneous basement membrane zone, as well as an absence of staining with antibodies against(More)
Herlitz junctional epidermolysis bullosa (H-JEB) is characterized by a reduced adherence of keratinocytes consequent to deficient expression of the extracellular adhesive ligand laminin-5. To complement the genetic defect causing H-JEB, we transferred an eukaryotic cassette expressing the cDNA for the gamma2 chain of laminin-5 into H-JEB keratinocytes in(More)
Human papillomaviruses (HPVs) replicate only in the terminally differentiating epithelium of the skin and mucosa. While infection of basal keratinocytes is considered a requirement for permissive infection, it remains unclear whether virions can specifically target basal cells for adsorption and uptake following epithelial wounding. We present evidence that(More)
We have isolated and characterized overlapping cDNA clones encoding the alpha 3A and alpha 3B chains of mouse laminin 5. Sequence analysis of the cDNA for the alpha 3B predicts a polypeptide of 2541 amino acids (279,510 Da) comprising a truncated short arm and a carboxyl-terminal long arm common to the laminin alpha chains identified thus far. The short arm(More)