Juliet A. Ellis

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Emery-Dreifuss muscular dystrophy (EDMD) is a heterogeneous late-onset disease involving skeletal muscle wasting and heart defects caused, in a minority of cases, by mutations in either of two genes encoding the inner nuclear membrane (INM) proteins, emerin and lamins A/C. Nesprin-1 and -2 are multi-isomeric, spectrin-repeat proteins that bind both emerin(More)
Nesprin-2 is a multi-isomeric, modular protein composed of variable numbers of spectrin-repeats linked to a C-terminal transmembrane domain and/or to N-terminal paired calponin homology (CH) domains. The smaller isoforms of nesprin-2 co-localize with and bind lamin A and emerin at the inner nuclear envelope (NE). In SW-13 cells, which lack lamin A/C,(More)
The nuclear envelope (NE) LINC complex, in mammals comprised of SUN domain and nesprin proteins, provides a direct connection between the nuclear lamina and the cytoskeleton, which contributes to nuclear positioning and cellular rigidity. SUN1 and SUN2 interact with lamin A, but lamin A is only required for NE localization of SUN2, and it remains unclear(More)
Emerin and specific isoforms of nesprin-1 and -2 are nuclear membrane proteins which are binding partners in multi-protein complexes spanning the nuclear envelope. We report here the characterisation of the residues both in emerin and in nesprin-1alpha and -2beta which are involved in their interaction and show that emerin requires nesprin-1 or -2 to retain(More)
Emerin is a type II inner nuclear membrane (INM) protein of unknown function. Emerin function is likely to be important because, when it is mutated, emerin promotes both skeletal muscle and heart defects. Here we show that one function of Emerin is to regulate the flux of beta-catenin, an important transcription coactivator, into the nucleus. Emerin(More)
Mutations in lamin A/C result in a range of tissue-specific disorders collectively called laminopathies. Of these, Emery-Dreifuss and Limb-Girdle muscular dystrophy 1B mainly affect striated muscle. A useful model for understanding both laminopathies and lamin A/C function is the Lmna(-/-) mouse. We found that skeletal muscle growth and muscle satellite(More)
Mutations in LMNA cause a variety of diseases affecting striated muscle including autosomal Emery-Dreifuss muscular dystrophy (EDMD), LMNA-associated congenital muscular dystrophy (L-CMD), and limb-girdle muscular dystrophy type 1B (LGMD1B). Here, we describe novel and recurrent LMNA mutations identified in 50 patients from the United States and Canada,(More)
Satellite cells are the resident stem cells of adult skeletal muscle. To date though, there is a paucity of native markers that can be used to easily identify quiescent satellite cells, with Pax7 probably being the best that is currently available. Here we have further characterized a number of recently described satellite cell markers, and also describe(More)
Mutations in A-type nuclear lamins cause laminopathies. However, genotype-phenotype correlations using the 340 missense mutations within the LMNA gene are unclear: partially due to the limited availability of three-dimensional structure. The immunoglobulin (Ig)-like fold domain has been solved, and using bioinformatics tools (including Polyphen-2, Fold X,(More)
Emerin is the nuclear membrane protein defective in X-linked Emery-Dreifuss muscular dystrophy (X-EDMD). The majority of X-EDMD patients have no detectable emerin. However, there are cases that produce mutant forms of emerin, which can be used to study its function. Our previous studies have shown that the emerin mutants S54F, P183T, P183H, Del95-99,(More)