T. A. Ayoubi

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The LPP gene is the preferred translocation partner of the HMGIC gene in a subclass of human benign mesenchymal tumors known as lipomas. Here we have characterized the LPP gene product that shares 41% of sequence identity with the focal adhesion protein zyxin. LPP localizes in focal adhesions as well as in cell-to-cell contacts, and it binds VASP, a protein(More)
An overview of miRNAs altered in Alzheimer's disease (AD) was established by profiling the hippocampus of a cohort of 41 late-onset AD (LOAD) patients and 23 controls, showing deregulation of 35 miRNAs. Profiling of miRNAs in the prefrontal cortex of a second independent cohort of 49 patients grouped by Braak stages revealed 41 deregulated miRNAs. We(More)
In the amphibian intermediate pituitary gland the biosynthetic activity for production of the precursor protein proopiomelanocortin (POMC) can be physiologically manipulated; POMC synthesis is high in animals adapted to a black background and low in white-adapted animals. In order to study genes associated with POMC gene expression we applied a differential(More)
Recently, cDNA cloning and expression of three mRNA variants of the human NSP gene were described. This neuroendocrine-specific gene encodes three NSP protein isoforms with unique amino-terminal parts, but common carboxy-terminal parts. The proteins, with yet unknown function, are associated with the endoplasmic reticulum and therefore are named NSP(More)
The prototype mammalian proprotein processing enzyme furin is shown to be encoded by three distinct FUR mRNA isoforms which differ only in their 5'-untranslated regions. By primer extension analysis, the transcription start sites of the three mRNA isoforms were defined. The genomic regions located immediately upstream of the three alternative(More)
Prohormone convertases are involved in the tissue-specific endoproteolytic processing of prohormones and neuropeptide precursors within the secretory pathway. In the present study, we have isolated genomic clones comprising the 5'-terminal region of the human prohormone convertase 1 (PC1) gene and identified and characterized the PC1 promoter region. We(More)
The proprotein processing activity of mutants of the subtilisin-like enzyme furin was studied in transfected mammalian cells. Our studies indicate that the three residues of the catalytic triad of furin, Asp46, His87, and Ser261, are critical not only for substrate processing but also for maturation of furin. Furthermore, evidence is provided that(More)
The HMGIC gene has been implicated in the control of cell proliferation and development. We show here that HMGIC has multiple mRNA isoforms that arise by transcription initiation from alternative tandem promoters. These transcripts are not only differentially expressed between cell lines, but they can also differ within an individual cell line, in response(More)
In the melanotrope cells of the intermediate pituitary gland of the amphibian Xenopus laevis, expression of the POMC gene is under physiological control, i.e. it is 20- to 30-fold higher in animals adapted to a black background compared to animals adapted to a white background. To investigate whether changes in POMC messenger RNA stability contribute to(More)
Mutations in the genes for high mobility group protein I-C (HMGI-C) and insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF1) are known to be responsible for dwarf phenotypes in the mouse. Because the locus for autosomal dwarfism (adw) in the chicken maps to a region which is syntenic to a region in the human and mouse in which the HMGI-C and IGF1 genes are located, HMGI-C(More)