Marc Rodríguez-Niedenführ

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The INK4a/ARF tumor suppressor locus, a key executor of cellular senescence, is regulated by members of the Polycomb group (PcG) of transcriptional repressors. Here we show that signaling from oncogenic RAS overrides PcG-mediated repression of INK4a by activating the H3K27 demethylase JMJD3 and down-regulating the methyltransferase EZH2. In human(More)
Misexpression of Polycomb repressive complex 1 (PRC1) components in human cells profoundly influences the onset of cellular senescence by modulating transcription of the INK4a tumor suppressor gene. Using tandem affinity purification, we find that CBX7 and CBX8, two Polycomb (Pc) homologs that repress INK4a, both participate in PRC1-like complexes with at(More)
The lymphatic endothelium has mostly been thought to be derived by sprouting from specialized veins. Recently it has been shown that mice deficient for the homeobox transcription factor Prox1 are practically devoid of lymphatics. We have studied the expression of Prox1 mRNA and protein in chick embryos and human fetuses. In the chick, Prox1 is expressed in(More)
The WNT family of proteins is composed of several members. In the present study we isolated the full length chick Wnt-6 cDNA and analyzed its expression pattern by in situ hybridization during chick development. Wnt-6 expression is observed in the ectoderm from HH-stage 4 onwards. At HH-stages, 7–16 expression can be seen in the ectoderm overlying the(More)
The T-box transcription factor Tbx1 has been implicated in DiGeorge syndrome, the most frequent syndrome due to a chromosomal deletion. Gene inactivation of Tbx1 in mice results in craniofacial and branchial arch defects, including myogenic defects in the first and second branchial arches. A T-box binding site has been identified in the Xenopus Myf5(More)
Protease nexin 1 (Pn-1) or glia derived nexin is a secreted protease inhibitor. By screening a chick embryonic cDNA library, we isolated Pn-1 cDNA and analyzed its expression pattern during development by in situ hybridization. Pn-1 was first observed at HH-stage 3 in the primitive pit. At HH-stage 7, expression was observed in the medial part of the neural(More)
Polycomb group proteins form multicomponent complexes that are important for establishing lineage-specific patterns of gene expression. Mammalian cells encode multiple permutations of the prototypic Polycomb repressive complex 1 (PRC1) with little evidence for functional specialization. An aim of this study is to determine whether the multiple orthologs(More)
The scapula is subdivided into head, collum, and blade. Due to the expression pattern of Emx2 and the absence of the scapula blade in Emx2 knockout mice, it has been suggested that Emx2 is involved in the formation of the scapula. Micromanipulation experiments revealed that ectoderm ablation over the somites does not affect Emx2 expression but inhibits the(More)
Previous studies have shown the distally retreating source of Scatter factor/Hepatocyte growth factor (SF/HGF) can account for the distal migration of myogenic precursor cells in the limb bud mesenchyme. However, the normal expression pattern of Sf/Hgf alone does not explain the distribution of muscle precursor cells. Hence, the position of the dorsal and(More)