Juliane M Lüscher-Firzlaff

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The proteins of the MYC family are key regulators of cell behavior. MYC, originally identified as an oncoprotein, affects growth, proliferation, differentiation, and apoptosis of cells through its ability to regulate a significant number of genes. In addition MYC governs events associated with tumor progression, including genetic stability, migration, and(More)
The c-MYC oncoprotein regulates various aspects of cell behaviour by modulating gene expression. Here, we report the identification of the cAMP-response-element-binding protein (CBP) as a novel c-MYC binding partner. The two proteins interact both in vitro and in cells, and CBP binds to the carboxy-terminal region of c-MYC. Importantly, CBP, as well as(More)
Cyclin-dependent kinases (Cdks) fulfill key functions in many cellular processes, including cell cycle progression and cytoskeletal dynamics. A limited number of Cdk substrates have been identified with few demonstrated to be regulated by Cdk-dependent phosphorylation. We identify on protein expression arrays novel cyclin E-Cdk2 substrates, including SIRT2,(More)
YY1 is a multifunctional transcription factor implicated in both positive and negative regulation of gene expression as well as in initiation of transcription. We show that YY1 is ubiquitously expressed in growing, differentiated, and growth-arrested cells. The protein is phosphorylated and has a half-life of 3.5 h. To define functional domains, we have(More)
Cytokines are key to control cellular communication. Interleukin-31 (IL-31) was recently discovered as a new member of the IL-6 family of cytokines. IL-31 signals through a heterodimeric receptor composed of OSMR and IL-31RA, a complex that stimulates the JAK-STAT, the RAS/ERK and the PI3K/AKT signal transduction pathways. The available data suggests that(More)
FOXM1 regulates expression of cell cycle related genes that are essential for progression into DNA replication and mitosis. Consistent with its role in proliferation, elevated expression of FOXM1 has been reported in a variety of human tumour entities. FOXM1 is a gene of interest because recently chemical inhibitors of FOXM1 were described to limit(More)
A number of transcription factors have been shown to be phosphorylated by casein kinase II (CKII). We have identified CKII phosphorylation sites in c-Myc, Max, and c-Myb which are phosphorylated in the cell. Whereas little evidence to any functional significance of the CKII sites in c-Myc has been obtained, phosphorylation of its heterodimeric partner Max(More)
BACKGROUND Atopic dermatitis (AD) is an inflammatory skin disease affecting 10% to 20% of children and 1% to 3% of adults in industrialized countries. Enhanced expression of IL-31 is detected in skin samples of patients with AD, but its physiological relevance is not known. OBJECTIVE We sought to determine the role of IL-31 in skin differentiation. (More)
Regulation of chromatin is an important aspect of controlling promoter activity and gene expression. Posttranslational modifications of core histones allow proteins associated with gene transcription to access chromatin. Closely associated with promoters of actively transcribed genes, trimethylation of histone H3 at lysine 4 (H3K4me3) is a core histone mark(More)
The proto-oncoprotein c-Myc functions as a transcriptional regulator that controls different aspects of cell behavior, including proliferation, differentiation, and apoptosis. In addition, Myc proteins have the potential to transform cells and are deregulated in the majority of human cancers. Several Myc-interacting factors have been described that mediate(More)