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Poly(ADP-ribose)polymerase-1 (PARP-1) is a predominantly nuclear enzyme that exerts numerous functions in cellular physiology and pathology, from maintenance of DNA stability to transcriptional regulation. Through a proteomic analysis of PARP-1 co-immunoprecipitation complexes, we identified Mitofilin, a mitochondrial protein, as a new PARP-1 interactor.(More)
The bHLH transcription factor MyoD, the prototypical master regulator of differentiation, directs a complex program of gene expression during skeletal myogenesis. The up-regulation of the cdk inhibitor p57kip2 plays a critical role in coordinating differentiation and growth arrest during muscle development, as well as in other tissues. p57kip2 displays a(More)
Poly(ADP-ribosyl)ation, catalysed by a family of poly(ADP-ribose) polymerases (PARPs), plays an important role in a large variety of physiological processes, including cell proliferation, but its role in cell cycle progression is not yet completely defined. As reported here, the examination of early times following serum stimulation of quiescent fibroblasts(More)
Poly(ADP-ribose)polymerases are involved in fundamental cellular events as well as they seem to be associated to some viral infection process. In this work, the poly(ADP-ribose)polymerase-1 (PARP-1) role in the polyomavirus life cycle has been investigated. Early viral transcription was reduced by competitive inhibitors of PARPs in Swiss 3T3 cells and(More)
The cdk inhibitor p57kip2, encoded by the Cdkn1c gene, plays a critical role in mammalian development and in the differentiation of several tissues. Cdkn1c protein levels are carefully regulated via imprinting and other epigenetic mechanisms affecting both the promoter and distant regulatory elements, which restrict its expression to particular(More)
The classical recessive mouse mutant, "the twitcher," is one of the several animal models of the human globoid cell leukodystrophy (Krabbe disease) caused by a deficiency in the gene encoding the lysosomal enzyme galactosylceramidase (GALC). The failure to hydrolyze galactosylceramide (gal-cer) and galactosylsphingosine (psychosine) leads to degeneration of(More)
There is increasing evidence that proteins normally involved in the cell cycle play a role in the regulation of neuronal apoptotic death following various insults. However, it is not clear if the same mechanisms regulate cell death of oligodendrocytes as well. In this study, we investigated the mechanism of ceramide-induced apoptosis in primary rat(More)
In this work, we sought to determine whether the components of the murine polyomavirus capsid establish specific interactions with the minichromosome encapsidated into the mature viral particles by using the cis-diamminedichloroplatinum(II) cross-linking reagent. Our data indicated that VP1, but not minor capsid proteins, interacts with the viral genome in(More)