Yonit Hoffman

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The p53 pathway is pivotal in tumor suppression. Cellular p53 activity is subject to tight regulation, in which the two related proteins Mdm2 and Mdm4 have major roles. The delicate interplay between the levels of Mdm2, Mdm4 and p53 is crucial for maintaining proper cellular homeostasis. microRNAs (miRNAs) are short non-coding RNAs that downregulate the(More)
Sex-limited protein (Slp) is expressed in adult male mice. A 160-basepair fragment 2 kilobases upstream of the gene serves as an androgen-dependent enhancer of chloramphenicol acetyltransferase expression in transient transfection assays in cells with endogenous or cotransfected androgen receptor. One element that is necessary, but not sufficient, for(More)
MOTIVATION The massive spread of repetitive elements in the human genome presents a substantial challenge to the organism, as such elements may accidentally contain seemingly functional motifs. A striking example is offered by the roughly one million copies of Alu repeats in the genome, of which ∼0.5% reside within genes' untranslated regions (UTRs),(More)
p53 is a transcription factor that governs numerous stress response pathways within the cell. Maintaining the right levels of p53 is crucial for cell survival and proper cellular homeostasis. The tight regulation of p53 involves many cellular components, most notably its major negative regulators Mdm2 and Mdm4, which maintain p53 protein amount and activity(More)
Most mammalian genes often feature alternative polyadenylation (APA) sites and hence diverse 3'UTR lengths. Proliferating cells were reported to favor APA sites that result in shorter 3'UTRs. One consequence of such shortening is escape of mRNAs from targeting by microRNAs (miRNAs) whose binding sites are eliminated. Such a mechanism might provide(More)
Intrinsically disordered regions, particularly disordered tails, are very common in DNA-binding proteins (DBPs). The ability of disordered tails to modulate specific and nonspecific interactions with DNA is tightly linked to their being rich in positively charged residues that are often non-randomly distributed along the tail. Perturbing the composition and(More)
The microRNA miR-504 targets TP53 mRNA encoding the p53 tumor suppressor. miR-504 resides within the fibroblast growth factor 13 (FGF13) gene, which is overexpressed in various cancers. We report that the FGF13 locus, comprising FGF13 and miR-504, is transcriptionally repressed by p53, defining an additional negative feedback loop in the p53 network.(More)
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