Tiziana Parisi

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Genetic alteration of the p53 tumor suppressor gene, which monitors DNA damage and operates cell cycle checkpoints, is a major factor in the development of human malignancies. The p53 protein belongs to a family that also includes two structurally related proteins, p63 and p73. Although all three proteins share similar transcriptional functions and(More)
The INK4a gene, one of the most often disrupted loci in human cancer, encodes two unrelated proteins, p16(INK4a) and p14(ARF) (ARF) both capable of inducing cell cycle arrest. Although it has been clearly demonstrated that ARF inhibits cell cycle via p53 stabilization, very little is known about the involvement of ARF in other cell cycle regulatory(More)
ERV9 is a low repeated family of human endogenous retroviral elements, which has close to 50 members, in addition to at least 4000 solitary LTRs. Previous work has shown that randomly selected LTRs can promote transcription of reporter genes, raising the possibility that these sequences may affect the expression of adjacent cellular genes. We report here(More)
ERV9 is a low repeated family of human endogenous retroviral elements, which has close to 50 members, in addition to at least 4000 solitary LTRs. Previous work has shown that randomly selected LTRs can promote transcription of reporter genes, raising the possibility that these sequences may affect the expression of adjacent cellular genes. We performed(More)
The INK4a gene, one of the most frequently disrupted loci in human cancer, encodes two unrelated proteins, p16INK4a and p19ARF, that both block cell proliferation. p16INK4a is a component of the Rb regulatory pathway, while p19ARF has been functionally related to p53. Moreover, p16INK4a is inactivated in many human tumors, while it has been very recently(More)
The human ARF/INK4a locus encodes two cell cycle inhibitors, p16(INK4a) and p14(ARF), by using separate promoters. A variety of mitogenic stimuli upregulate ARF but a direct modulation at the transcriptional level has been reported only for E2F-1. We show here that the ARF promoter is strongly responsive also to E2F2 and E2F3, thus providing a strong(More)
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