Vijayalakshmi Gabbeta

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Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is a genetic disease caused by mutation or deletion of the survival of motor neuron 1 (SMN1) gene. A paralogous gene in humans, SMN2, produces low, insufficient levels of functional SMN protein due to alternative splicing that truncates the transcript. The decreased levels of SMN protein lead to progressive neuromuscular(More)
BACKGROUND & AIMS Cultured gastrointestinal smooth muscle cells have been shown to dedifferentiate and reinitiate their myogenic program in vitro. The aim of this study was to determine whether the cellular phenotypes observed in vitro were similar to those previously characterized in vivo. METHODS Differential isoactin expression was examined in primary(More)
The malignant potential of smooth muscle tumors correlates strongly with the disappearance of gamma-smooth muscle isoactin, a lineage-specific marker of smooth muscle development. In this paper, we identify a 36-base pair regulatory motif containing an AT-rich domain, CArG box, and a non-canonical NK-2 homeodomain-binding site that has the capacity to(More)
The underlying cause of spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is a deficiency of the survival motor neuron (SMN) protein. Starting from hits identified in a high-throughput screening campaign and through structure-activity relationship investigations, we have developed small molecules that potently shift the alternative splicing of the SMN2 exon 7, resulting in(More)
Gastrointestinal smooth muscle development proceeds by the linear differentiation of distinct smooth muscle cell phenotypes. In an effort to identify specific gene products associated with distinct smooth muscle cell phenotypes, we performed differential display on smooth muscle myoblasts versus immature smooth muscle myocytes. This analysis identified a(More)
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