Wijdan Al-Ahmadi

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The activities of RNA-binding proteins are perturbed in several pathological conditions, including cancer. These proteins include tristetraprolin (TTP, ZFP36) and HuR (ELAVL1), which respectively promote the decay or stability of adenylate-uridylate-rich (AU-rich) mRNAs. Here, we demonstrated that increased stabilization and subsequent over-expression of(More)
Tristetraprolin (TTP or ZFP36) is a tandem CCCH zinc-finger RNA-binding protein that regulates the stability of certain AU-rich element (ARE) mRNAs. Recent work suggests that TTP is deficient in cancer cells when compared with normal cell types. In this study we found that TTP expression was lower in invasive breast cancer cells (MDAMB231) compared with(More)
The RNA-binding protein, HuR, is involved in the stabilization of AU-rich element-containing mRNAs with products that are involved in cell-cycle progression, cell differentiation and inflammation. We show that there are multiple polyadenylation variants of HuR mRNA that differ in their abundance, using both bioinformatics and experimental approaches. A(More)
CXCR4 is a chemokine receptor that is overexpressed in certain cancer types and involved in migration toward distant organs. The molecular mechanisms underlying CXCR4 expression in invasive cancer, particularly posttranscriptional regulation, are poorly understood. Here, we find that CXCR4 harbors AU-rich elements (AREs) in the 3'-untranslated region(More)
Ribonuclease L (RNase L) is an intracellular enzyme that is vital in innate immunity, but also is a tumor suppressor candidate. Here, we show that overexpression of RNase L decreases cellular growth and downmodulates the RNA-binding protein, HuR, a regulator of cell-cycle progression and tumorigenesis. The effect is temporal, occurring in specific(More)
This study describes an expedient assay for the analysis of the asthma medication, montelukast sodium (Singulair, MK-0476), in human plasma samples. After a simple extraction of the plasma, the drug and internal standard, quinine bisulfate, were measured by HPLC. The chromatographic system consisted of a single pump, a refrigerated autosampler, a C8(More)
The majority of the promoters, their regulatory elements, and their variations in the human genome remain unknown. Reporter gene technology for transcriptional activity is a widely used tool for the study of promoter structure, gene regulation, and signaling pathways. Construction of transcriptional reporter vectors, including use of cis-acting sequences,(More)
Untranslated regions at the 3' end of the messenger RNA (3' UTR) contain regulatory elements that affect mRNA stability and translation and subsequently the protein levels. In this report, we performed bioinformatics analysis on housekeeping genes with putative stable mRNAs in comparison with Class II AU-rich elements (ARE)-containing mRNAs, a group of(More)
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