Natalia I Zhidkova

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The cytoplasmic domains of integrins provide attachment of these extracellular matrix receptors to the cytoskeleton and play a critical role in integrin-mediated signal transduction. In this report we describe the identification, expression, localization, and initial functional characterization of a novel form of beta 1 integrin, termed beta 1D. This(More)
We describe a novel isoform of the beta 1 integrin subunit called beta 1D, which contains a unique cytoplasmic domain, and is expressed specifically in skeletal and cardiac muscle. The beta 1D isoform arises from splicing into the final transcript of an additional exon located between exons 6 and 7. The nucleotide sequence of beta 1D predicts a cytoplasmic(More)
Identifying mutations that cause specific osteochondrodysplasias will provide novel insights into the function of genes that are essential for skeletal morphogenesis. We report here that an autosomal dominant form of Stickler syndrome, characterized by mild spondyloepiphyseal dysplasia, osteoarthritis, and sensorineural hearing loss, but no eye involvement,(More)
Antibodies to talin and vinculin were used for localization of these proteins in skeletal and cardiac muscles by the indirect immunofluorescence method. We have found that talin is localized in intercalated discs of cardiac muscle and in costameres of skeletal and cardiac muscles. It is suggested that in striated muscles talin and vinculin play an important(More)
An analysis was performed of differential splicing of primary transcripts in the noncollagenous variable region located in the amino terminus of the pro-alpha 1(XI) and pro-alpha 2(XI) collagen chains. The results for the pro-alpha 2(XI) chain showed that human cartilage or fibroblasts in culture contain transcripts in which a single highly acidic exon(More)
We have determined the complete sequence of human vinculin, a cytoskeletal protein associated with cell-cell and cell-matrix junctions. Comparison of human and chicken embryo vinculin sequences shows that both proteins contain 1066 amino acids and exhibit a high level of sequence identity (greater than 95%). The region of greatest divergence falls within(More)
The human vinculin gene contains 22 exons ranging in size from 71 base pairs (bp) to 303 bp (average 155 bp) with the exception of exon 22 which contains 144 bp of coding sequence and 1848 bp of 3'-untranslated sequence including two polyadenylation signals. There is a limited correlation between exon boundaries and functional domains within the vinculin(More)
We report the molecular cloning of a proline/arginine-rich protein (called PARP) from human cartilage using the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and degenerate oligonucleotides based on the previously published amino acid sequence of bovine PARP [1]. Subsequently, a reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) was performed with poly(A)-rich RNA(More)
Meta-vinculin distribution in adult human tissue was studied by immunoblotting technique. Meta-vinculin was found in smooth (aorta wall and myometrium) and cardiac muscle, rather than in skeletal muscle, liver, kidney and cultured cells - macrophages, foreskin fibroblasts, peripheral blood lymphocytes and vascular endothelial cells. In the primary culture(More)
We have analyzed the structure, origin and expression of the high-molecular-mass muscle-specific variant of vinculin, called meta-vinculin. The meta-vinculin-specific inserts from the human and avian molecules have been isolated and sequenced and the sequences confirmed via cloning of the corresponding cDNA. Comparison of the human, avian and determined(More)