Youjia Hua

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Overexpression of the histone methyltransferase MMSET in t(4;14)+ multiple myeloma patients is believed to be the driving factor in the pathogenesis of this subtype of myeloma. MMSET catalyzes dimethylation of lysine 36 on histone H3 (H3K36me2), and its overexpression causes a global increase in H3K36me2, redistributing this mark in a broad, elevated level(More)
Based on their function in cancer micro(mi)RNAs are often grouped as either tumor suppressors or oncogenes. However, miRNAs regulate multiple tumor relevant signaling pathways raising the question whether two oncogenic miRNAs could be functional antagonists by promoting different steps in tumor progression. We recently developed a method to connect miRNAs(More)
Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) is a lethal, therapy-resistant brain cancer consisting of numerous tumor cell subpopulations, including stem-like glioma-initiating cells (GICs), which contribute to tumor recurrence following initial response to therapy. Here, we identified miR-182 as a regulator of apoptosis, growth, and differentiation programs whose(More)
micro(mi)RNAs are small non-coding RNAs that negatively regulate expression of most mRNAs. They are powerful regulators of various differentiation stages, and the expression of genes that either negatively or positively correlate with expressed miRNAs is expected to hold information on the biological state of the cell and, hence, of the function of the(More)
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS Above and beyond all others, I would like to thank my supervisors, Dr. Carolyn Wanat and Dr. Youjia Hua, for all of their support and encouragement as I worked on this paper. Their prompt feedback and their wisdom and guidance helped me through many difficulties and motivated me to carry on. In addition, I would like to thank one of my best(More)
To those who tell me what I need to hear, not what I want to hear. Thank you for pushing me to excel. ii ACKNOWLEDGMENTS A wise man once said, " Remember, baseline does not predict post. " I feel as if I need to begin to acknowledge my family, friends, mentors, and colleagues with this statement since it has propelled me through thick and thin up until this(More)
Proper regulation of gene expression is essential for cellular viability, and the integrity of chromatin is a fundamental factor in maintaining proper gene regulation. In cancer cells, this precise regulation is disrupted and aberrant gene expression ensues-a hallmark of the disease. In many forms of hematological malignancy, aberrant expression, activation(More)
Failure to initiate and remain engaged in academic tasks can have long-lasting effects for students. In this study, we investigated the effects of high-preference sequences on both digits correct per minute and latency to initiate nonpreferred mathematics problems for 3 students with emotional and behavioral disorders. We found that high-preference(More)
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