Stefania Pieroni

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It has been shown that neutral-sphingomyelinase and sphingomyelin-synthase activities are present in chromatin and they modify the sphingomyelin (SM) content. The activity of the first enzyme is stimulated and the second inhibited, when the hepatocytes enter into the S-phase after partial hepatectomy, thus suggesting that ceramide may have a pivotal role in(More)
The liver has the ability to autonomously regulate growth and mass. Following partial hepatectomy, hormones, growth factors, cytokines and their coupled signal transduction pathways have been implicated in hepatocyte proliferation. To understand the mechanisms responsible for the proliferative response, we studied liver regeneration by characterization of(More)
Short QT3 syndrome (SQT3S) is a cardiac disorder characterized by a high risk of mortality and associated with mutations in Kir2.1 (KCNJ2) channels. The molecular mechanisms leading to channel dysfunction, cardiac rhythm disturbances and neurodevelopmental disorders, potentially associated with SQT3S, remain incompletely understood. Here, we report on(More)
Centrosomes direct microtubule organization during cell division. Aberrant number of centrosomes results from alteration of its components and leads to abnormal mitoses and chromosome instability. HOPS is a newly discovered protein isolated during liver regeneration, implicated in cell proliferation. Here, we provide evidence that HOPS is an integral(More)
Hepatocyte odd protein shuttling (HOPS) moves between nucleus and cytoplasm. HOPS overexpression leads to cell cycle arrest in G 0/G 1, and HOPS knockdown causes centrosome alterations, with subsequent abnormal cell division. Recently, we demonstrated that HOPS acts as a functional bridge in NPM-p19(Arf) interactions. Here we show that HOPS is present in 3(More)
Nucleophosmin (NPM), a ubiquitously and abundantly expressed protein, occurs in the nucleolus, shuttling between the nucleoplasm and cytoplasm. The NPM gene is mutated in almost 30% of human acute myeloid leukemia cells. NPM interacts with p53 and p19(Arf), directs localization of p19(Arf) in the nucleolus and protects the latter from degradation.(More)
Liver regeneration is a unique means of studying cell proliferation in vivo. Screening of a large cDNA library from regenerating liver has previously allowed us to identify and characterize a cluster of genes encoding proteins with important roles in proliferative processes. Here, by examining different rat and human tissues as well as cell lines, we(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS Transcription factors coupled to cyclic adenosine mono phosphate (cAMP) signalling in the cAMP-responsive elements binding (CREB)/ATF family constitute a family of activators or repressors that bind to cAMP-responsive promoter elements (CREs) in the regulatory regions of cAMP-inducible genes. A role for CREB/ATF family has been advocated in(More)
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