Marie Vandromme

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The muscle regulators MyoD and Myf-5 control cell cycle withdrawal and induction of differentiation in skeletal muscle cells. By immunofluorescence analysis, we show that MyoD and Myf-5 expression patterns become mutually exclusive when C2 cells are induced to differentiate with Myf-5 staining present in cells which fail to differentiate. Isolation of these(More)
The histone acetyl transferase Tip60 (HTATIP) belongs to a multimolecular complex involved in the cellular response to DNA damage. Tip60 participates in cell cycle arrest following DNA damage by allowing p53 to activate p21CIP (p21) expression. We show here that Tip60 and the E1A-associated p400 protein (EP400), which belongs to the Tip60 complex, are also(More)
Insulin-like growth factors positively regulate muscle differentiation through activation of the phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase/protein kinase B (PKB/Akt) signaling pathway. Here, we compare the role of the two closely related alpha (Akt1) and beta (Akt2) isoforms of PKB in muscle differentiation. During differentiation of C2.7 or L6D2 myoblasts, PKBbeta was(More)
In this work, we report the implication of the pleckstrin homology (PH) domain-containing protein CKIP-1 in phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase (PI3-K)-regulated muscle differentiation. CKIP-1 is upregulated during muscle differentiation in C2C12 cells. We show that CKIP-1 binds to phosphatidylinositol 3-phosphate through its PH domain and localizes to the plasma(More)
Agrin is the key neural factor that controls muscle postsynaptic differentiation, including the induction of synapse-specific transcription via neuregulins. In 1995, the promoter element responsible for the targeting of AChR delta and epsilon gene transcription to the skeletal muscle subsynaptic area was identified. This element, named N-box, recruits the(More)
We have examined the expression, activity and localization of cyclin dependent kinase 5 (cdk5), during myogenesis. Cdk5 protein was found expressed in adult mouse muscle. In murine C2 cells, both the protein level and kinase activity of cdk5 showed a marked increase during early myogenesis with a peak between 36 and 48 hours of differentiation, decreasing(More)
In proliferating myoblasts, muscle specific genes are silenced by epigenetic modifications at their promoters, including histone H3K9 methylation. Derepression of the promoter of the gene encoding the myogenic factor myogenin (Myog) is key for initiation of muscle differentiation. The mechanism of H3K9 demethylation at the Myog promoter is unclear, however.(More)
We recently reported that triiodothyronine (T3) enhances MyoD gene expression and accelerates terminal differentiation in murine C2 myoblasts. In this paper, we are interested in the effects of other hormones acting through related nuclear receptors. Retinoic acid (RA), but not estradiol or dexamethasone, is also able to enhance MyoD gene expression (about(More)
We show here that the distal regulatory region (DRR) of the mouse and human MyoD gene contains a conserved SRF binding CArG-like element. In electrophoretic mobility shift assays with myoblast nuclear extracts, this CArG sequence, although slightly divergent, bound two complexes containing, respectively, the transcription factor YY1 and SRF associated with(More)
Understanding how boundaries and domains of Hox gene expression are determined is critical to elucidating the means by which the embryo is patterned along the anteroposterior axis. We have performed a detailed analysis of the mouse Hoxb4 intron enhancer to identify upstream transcriptional regulators. In the context of an heterologous promoter, this(More)