Valentine Battisti

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The most common mutation in human melanoma, BRAF(V600E), activates the serine/threonine kinase BRAF and causes excessive activity in the mitogen-activated protein kinase pathway. BRAF(V600E) mutations are also present in benign melanocytic naevi, highlighting the importance of additional genetic alterations in the genesis of malignant tumours. Such changes(More)
The steroid hormone ecdysone influences Drosophila lifespan. Longevity is extended in mutants deficient for ecdysone synthesis or mutants of the ecdysone receptor (EcR). However, the underlying mechanisms remain unclear. Here we conditionally inactivated EcR by RNA interference or expression of dominant negative forms, using the RU486 inducible system. A(More)
Survival time-associated plant homeodomain (PHD) finger protein in Ovarian Cancer 1 (SPOC1, also known as PHF13) is known to modulate chromatin structure and is essential for testicular stem-cell differentiation. Here we show that SPOC1 is recruited to DNA double-strand breaks (DSBs) in an ATM-dependent manner. Moreover, SPOC1 localizes at endogenous repair(More)
Plants are an invaluable source of potential new anti-cancer drugs. Here, we investigated the cytotoxic activity of the acetonic extract of Buxus sempervirens on five breast cancer cell lines, MCF7, MCF10CA1a and T47D, three aggressive triple positive breast cancer cell lines, and BT-20 and MDA-MB-435, which are triple negative breast cancer cell lines. As(More)
Myogenic terminal differentiation is a well-orchestrated process starting with permanent cell cycle exit followed by muscle-specific genetic program activation. Individual SWI/SNF components have been involved in muscle differentiation. Here, we show that the master myogenic differentiation factor MyoD interacts with more than one SWI/SNF subunit, including(More)
Lysine methyltransferases G9a and GLP (G9a-like protein) are highly homologous and form functional heterodimeric complexes that establish mono- and dimethylation on histone H3 lysine 9 (H3K9me1, H3K9me2) in euchromatin. Here, we describe unexpected distinct roles for G9a and GLP in skeletal muscle terminal differentiation. Indeed, gain- or loss-of-function(More)
The most common mutation in melanoma, BRAF(V600E), activates the BRAF serine/threonine kinase and causes excessive MAPK pathway activity1,2. BRAF(V600E)mutations are also present in benign melanocytic nevi3, highlighting the importance of additional genetic alterations in the genesis of malignant tumors. Such changes include recurrent copy number variations(More)
Eye movements in vertebrates are controlled by six extraocular muscles innervated by three of the cranial nerves – the oculomotor, trochlear and abducens. Incorrect development of this wiring network can lead to eye movement disorders, such as the congenital condition Duane retraction syndrome (DRS), which results in squint (strabismus). In DRS patients,(More)
Eye movements in vertebrates are controlled by six extraocular muscles innervated by three of the cranial nerves – the oculomotor, trochlear and abducens. Incorrect development of this wiring network can lead to eye movement disorders, such as the congenital condition Duane retraction syndrome (DRS), which results in squint (strabismus). In DRS patients,(More)
The histone 3 lysine 9 methyltransferase Setdb1 is essential for both stem cell pluripotency and terminal differentiation of different cell types. To shed light on the roles of Setdb1 in these mutually exclusive processes, we used mouse skeletal myoblasts as a model of terminal differentiation. Ex vivo studies on isolated single myofibres showed that Setdb1(More)
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