Olivier Larochelle

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We have studied the role of phosphorylation in the activation of metal-regulatory transcription factor-1 (MTF-1) and metallothionein (MT) gene expression. We showed that MTF-1 is phosphorylated in vivo and that zinc stimulates MTF-1 phosphorylation 2-4-fold. Several kinase inhibitors were used to examine the possible involvement of kinase cascades in the(More)
Neoplasms with perivascular épithelioid-cell differentiation (PEComas) are rare tumors with a distinctive immunoreactivity for melanocytic markers. They have been described in various organs. We report an intrapancreatic PEComa discovered in a 46-year-old woman during a workup for diarrhea. CT scan showed a 1.7cm nodule in the body of the pancreas with(More)
Metal activation of metallothionein gene transcription depends mainly on the presence of regulatory DNA sequences termed metal-regulatory elements (MREs) and involves MRE-binding transcription factor-1 (MTF-1) interacting with the MREs in a Zn(2+)-dependent manner. We previously identified and characterized a nuclear protein, termed metal element protein-1(More)
INTRODUCTION Von Hippel-Lindau (VHL) disease is an inherited syndrome caused by germline mutation in the VHL tumor suppressor gene predisposing to pancreatic endocrine tumors (PET). Whether these tumors derive from preexisting endocrine microadenomatosis as in multiple endocrine neoplasia type 1 (MEN1) is yet unknown. pVHL regulates hypoxia-inducible factor(More)
Metal activation of metallothionein (MT) gene transcription is dependent on the presence of metal regulatory elements (MREs), which are present in five non-identical copies (MREa through MREe) in the promoter of the mouse MT-1 gene and on the capacity of metal transcription factor-1 (MTF-1) to bind to the MREs in the presence of zinc. We detected a protein,(More)
The metallothionein (MT)3 gene is expressed predominantly in the brain and the organs of the reproductive system, and fails to respond to metal ions in vivo. A CTG repeat was proposed to function as a potential repressor element in nonpermissive cells, and a sequence similar to the JC virus silencer element was found to function as a negative element in(More)
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