Maria Zajac-Kaye

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Splicing of neural-specific exons is differentially regulated in neuronal and non-neuronal cells. The polypyrimidine tract binding protein (PTB) has been implicated as a negative regulator for exon splicing, whereas the brain-specific homolog of PTB, termed nPTB, promotes exon splicing exclusively in neurons. We have now isolated a novel mRNA splice variant(More)
PURPOSE Phase I dose-escalation study to determine the toxicity and maximum tolerated dose (MTD) of 17-dimethylaminoethylamino-17-demethoxygeldanamycin (17-DMAG), a heat shock protein 90 (Hsp90) inhibitor, administered on a twice weekly schedule in patients with advanced cancer. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN 17-DMAG was administered as a 1- to 2-h infusion twice(More)
The Myc gene family which includes c-Myc, N-Myc and L-Myc, are transcription factors that play a role in cell proliferation, apoptosis and in the development of human tumors. Myc amplification and overexpression has been detected in lung cancer of different histologic subtypes. Although the mechanism of Myc action is not yet fully understood, Myc has been(More)
Zebularine is a novel potent inhibitor of both cytidine deaminase and DNA methylation. We examined the effect of zebularine on mammary tumor growth in genetically engineered MMTV-PyMT transgenic mice that develop mammary tumors at 60 days of age with 100% penetrance. The MMTV-PyMT transgenic mice were randomized at 46 days of age into control (n = 25) and(More)
Pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors (PanNETs) are complicated and often deadly neoplasms. A recent increased understanding of their molecular biology has contributed to expanded treatment options. DNA sequencing of samples derived from patients with PanNETs and rare genetic syndromes such as multiple endocrine neoplasia type 1 (MEN1) and Von Hippel-Lindau(More)
The overexpression or mutation of tyrosine kinases (TKs), such as the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR), can lead to the development of cancer. The most common mutation of the EGFR in glioblastomas is the deletion of exons 2-7 known as the EGFRvIII. This mutant receptor cannot bind EGF but, instead, is constitutively active. The Cbl family of(More)
Somatic mutations at Thr-58 of c-Myc have been detected in Burkitt's lymphoma (BL) tumors and have been shown to affect the transforming potential of the Myc oncoprotein. In addition, the N-terminal domain of c-Myc has been shown to interact with microtubules in vivo, and the binding of c-Myc to alpha-tubulin was localized to amino acids 48 to 135 within(More)
Activation of Crtc1 (also known as Mect1/Torc1) by a t(11;19) chromosomal rearrangement underlies the etiology of malignant salivary gland tumors. As LKB1 is a target for mutational inactivation in lung cancer and was recently shown to regulate hepatic Crtc2/CREB transcriptional activity in mice, we now present evidence suggesting disruption of an LKB1/Crtc(More)
Mice bred to carry germline Rb and p53 null alleles are associated with a tumor spectrum that overlaps with the inherited multiple endocrine neoplasia-1 (MEN1) and MEN2 syndromes in humans, including medullary thyroid cancer (MTC). To study the genetic basis for these tumors, we microdissected MTC specimens or obtained fresh MTC tissue from nine independent(More)
nPTB is a member of the polypyrimidine tract-binding (PTB) protein family, which participates in alternative pre-mRNA processing. Tissue-specific splicing of exon 10 in nPTB (HGMW-approved symbol PTBP2) may play an important role in regulating the functional activity of nPTB in neuronal versus nonneuronal cells. In this study, we found that 297 consecutive(More)