Magdalini Kypriotou

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The genetic programs directing CD4 or CD8 T cell differentiation in the thymus remain poorly understood. While analyzing gene expression during intrathymic T cell selection, we found that Zfp67, encoding the zinc finger transcription factor cKrox, was upregulated during the differentiation of CD4(+) but not CD8(+) T cells. Expression of a cKrox transgene(More)
As a key transcription factor in cartilage formation, SOX9 is a potent activator of type II collagen expression, a phenotypic marker of articular chondrocytes. This study was designed to determine the potential role of SOX9 on COL2A1 gene transcription during chondrocyte dedifferentiation, a characteristic feature of osteoarthritic cartilage that can be(More)
Type II collagen is composed of alpha1(II) chains encoded by the COL2A1 gene. Alteration of this cartilage marker is a common feature of osteoarthritis. Interleukin-6 (IL-6) is a pro-inflammatory cytokine that needs a soluble form of receptor called sIL-6R to exert its effects in some cellular models. In that case, sIL-6R exerts agonistic action. This(More)
Members of chitinase-like proteins (CLPs) have attracted much attention because of their ability to promote cell proliferation in insects (imaginal disc growth factors) and mammals (YKL-40). To gain insights into the molecular processes underlying the physiological control of growth and development in Lophotrochozoa, we report here the cloning and(More)
Chondrocyte glycosaminoglycan (GAG) synthesis is regulated by the availability of UDP-glucuronate, the substrate of glucuronosyl transferases which form the GAG chains in proteoglycans and hyaluronan. UDP-glucose dehydrogenase (UDPGD) is therefore a key enzyme in the synthesis of UDP-glucuronate from glucose. However, the mechanisms regulating its(More)
Interleukin-1 beta (IL-1 beta) is a pleiotropic cytokine that was shown to inhibit the biosynthesis of articular cartilage components. Here we demonstrate that IL-1 beta inhibits the production of newly synthesized collagens in proliferating rabbit articular chondrocytes and that this effect is accompanied by a decrease in the steady-state levels of type II(More)
Despite several investigations, the transcriptional mechanisms that regulate the expression of both type I collagen genes (COL1A1 and COL1A2) in either physiological or pathological situations, such as scleroderma, are not completely known. We have investigated the role of hc-Krox transcription factor on type I collagen expression by human dermal(More)
Type II collagen is a marker of articular cartilage encoded by the COL2A1 gene. The nature of the trans factors involved in the upregulation of this gene by insulin-like growth factor-I (IGF-I) remains unclear. We found that IGF-I increased type II collagen synthesis by a transcriptional control mechanism involving a 715-bp region within the COL2A1(More)
Transcriptional mechanisms regulating type I collagen genes expression in physiopathological situations are not completely known. In this study, we have investigated the role of nuclear factor-κB (NF-κB) transcription factor on type I collagen expression in adult normal human (ANF) and scleroderma (SF) fibroblasts. We demonstrated that NF-κB, a master(More)
In invertebrates, members of the collagen family have been found in various phyla. Surprisingly, in mollusc, little is known about such molecules. In this study, we characterize the full-length abalone type IV collagen and we analysed its biological effects on human fibroblast in order to gain insights about this molecule in molluscs and particularly clues(More)