Ilana Lebenthal-Loinger

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Alternative splicing regulators have emerged as new players in cancer development, modulating the activities of many tumor suppressors and oncogenes and regulating the signaling pathways. However, little is known about the mechanisms by which these oncogenic splicing factors lead to cellular transformation. We have shown previously that the splicing factor(More)
The kinase Mnk2 is a substrate of the MAPK pathway and phosphorylates the translation initiation factor eIF4E. In humans, MKNK2, the gene encoding for Mnk2, is alternatively spliced yielding two splicing isoforms with differing last exons: Mnk2a, which contains a MAPK-binding domain, and Mnk2b, which lacks it. We found that the Mnk2a isoform is(More)
Varicella zoster virus (VZV) latency in sensory and autonomic neurons has remained enigmatic and difficult to study, and experimental reactivation has not yet been achieved. We have previously shown that human embryonic stem cell (hESC)-derived neurons are permissive to a productive and spreading VZV infection. We now demonstrate that hESC-derived neurons(More)
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