Luca Crimaldi

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BACKGROUND Dystroglycan is a ubiquitously expressed cell adhesion receptor best understood in its role as part of the dystrophin glycoprotein complex of mature skeletal muscle. Less is known of the role of dystroglycan in more fundamental aspects of cell adhesion in other cell types, nor of its role in myoblast cell adhesion. PRINCIPAL FINDINGS We have(More)
Podosome formation in vascular smooth muscle cells is characterized by the recruitment of AFAP-110, p190RhoGAP, and cortactin, which have specific roles in Src activation, local down-regulation of RhoA activity, and actin polymerization, respectively. However, the molecular mechanism that underlies their specific recruitment to podosomes remains unknown.(More)
Activation of protein kinase C by phorbol esters triggers the remodelling of the actin cytoskeleton and the formation of podosomes in smooth muscle cells (SMCs). Regional control of actin dynamics at specialised microdomains results in a local reduction in contractile forces. The molecular basis for this local inhibition of contractility includes the(More)
The presence of highly conserved amino acid stretches in G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) usually predicts an important role in receptor function. Considerable attention has therefore been focused on the involvement of the highly conserved Glu/Asp-Arg-Tyr (E/DRY) motif at the cytoplasmic end of transmembrane domain 3 in the regulation of GPCR(More)
Metalloproteinase-dependent tissue invasion requires the formation of podosomes and invadopodia for localized matrix degradation. Actin cytoskeleton remodeling via Arp2/3-mediated actin polymerization is essential for podosome formation, and dynamic microtubules have an important role in maintaining podosome turnover in macrophages and osteoclasts. Little(More)
MicroRNA-210 (miR-210) induction is a virtually constant feature of the hypoxic response in both normal and transformed cells, regulating several key aspects of cardiovascular diseases and cancer. We found that miR-210 was induced in normoxic myoblasts upon myogenic differentiation both in vitro and in vivo. miR-210 transcription was activated in an(More)
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