Maurisa F. Riley

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Congenital aortic valve stenosis (AVS), coarctation of the aorta (COA) and hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS) are congenital cardiovascular malformations that all involve the left ventricular outflow tract (LVOT). They are presumably caused by a similar developmental mechanism involving the developing endothelium. The exact etiology for most LVOT(More)
Notch signaling is essential for proper cardiac development. We recently identified missense variants in the NOTCH1 receptor in patients with diverse left ventricular outflow tract (LVOT) malformations (NOTCH1(G661S) and NOTCH1(A683T)) that reduce ligand-induced Notch signaling. Here, we examine the molecular mechanisms that contribute to reduced signaling(More)
Somites are embryonic precursors of the axial skeleton and skeletal muscles and establish the segmental vertebrate body plan. Somitogenesis is controlled in part by a segmentation clock that requires oscillatory expression of genes including Lunatic fringe (Lfng). Oscillatory genes must be tightly regulated at both the transcriptional and(More)
Many human tumors express high levels of the p53 inhibitor Mdm2, resulting from amplification of the Mdm2 locus or aberrant post-translational regulation of the Mdm2 protein. While the importance of Mdm2 in regulating p53 is clear, Mdm2 also has p53-independent roles. For example, overexpression of Mdm2 results in genomic instability in a p53-independent(More)
Somites are the embryonic precursors of vertebrae, ribs, and skeletal muscles. They form from the presomitic mesoderm (PSM) by a periodic segmentation process called somitogenesis. The periodic budding of somites is controlled in part by the oscillatory expression of genes such as Lunatic fringe (Lfng), a modulator of Notch signaling, which function in a(More)
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