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Core-binding factor leukemia (CBFL) is a subgroup of acute myeloid leukemia (AML) characterized by genetic mutations involving the subunits of the core-binding factor (CBF). The leukemogenesis model for CBFL posits that one, or more, gene mutations inducing increased cell proliferation and/or inhibition of apoptosis cooperate with CBF mutations for leukemia(More)
Retinoic acid (RA) is a signaling molecule that plays a pivotal role in major cellular processes and vertebrate development. RA action is mediated by specialized transcription factors, the nuclear RA receptors (RARs), which regulate the transcription of genes containing a RA-responsive element (RARE). Here we demonstrate that the genes for the RA-receptor(More)
BACKGROUND Chromatin adapts and responds to extrinsic and intrinsic cues. We hypothesize that inheritable aberrant chromatin states in cancer and aging are caused by genetic/environmental factors. In previous studies we demonstrated that either genetic mutations, or loss, of retinoic acid receptor alpha (RARalpha), can impair the integration of the retinoic(More)
Resistance to the growth-inhibitory action of retinoic acid (RA), the bioactive derivative of vitamin A, is common in human tumors. One form of RA resistance has been associated with silencing and hypermethylation of the retinoic acid receptor beta2 gene (RARbeta2), an RA-regulated tumor suppressor gene. The presence of an epigenetically silent RARbeta2(More)
The human myeloid translocation genes (MTGs) encode a family of proteins with a modular structure that can be traced to the Drosophila protein nervy. The nuclear MTGs can mediate the formation of complex protein networks among nuclear corepressors (Sin3a, N-CoR, SMRT), chromatin-modifying enzymes (histone deacetylases), and DNA-binding transcription(More)
Very little is known about the differences in breakfast of children performing physical activity in the morning. This paper analyzed the breakfast habits of 747 boys and 455 girls, distributed in 2 homogeneous age groups, 6-10 and 11-14 year-old, participating in a Summer Sport School. Children were asked whether, when, where, how and with whom they(More)
Most physiological and biological processes are regulated by endogenous circadian rhythms under the control of both a master clock, which acts systemically and individual cellular clocks, which act at the single cell level. The cellular clock is based on a network of core clock genes, which drive the circadian expression of non-clock genes involved in many(More)
The MTG (Myeloid Translocation Gene) proteins are a family of novel transcriptional corepressors. We report that MTG16a, a protein isoform encoded by the MTG16 gene deranged by the t (16; 21) in myeloid malignancies, is targeted to the nucleolus. The amino acid sequence necessary for nucleolar localization was mapped to the MTG16a N-terminal region. MTG16a,(More)
Retinoic acid (RA) is a master epigenetic regulator that plays a pivotal role in both breast morphogenesis and development. Here, we show for the first time that RA, via the RA receptor alpha (RARalpha), epigenetically regulates in a concerted fashion the transcription of two RA-responsive genes, the RA receptor beta2 (RARbeta2) and the cellular(More)
Human MTG16a (CBFA2T3), a chromatin repressor with nucleolar localization, was described to act as a suppressor of breast tumourigenesis. Here we show that MTG16a is a novel ribosomal gene repressor, which can counteract MYC-driven activation of ribosomal RNA (rRNA) transcription. We also show that either knocking down MTG16a by RNA interference, or(More)