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Δnp63Α And Microrna: Leveraging The Epithelial-Mesenchymal Transition, Andrew J. Stacy, Michael P. Craig, Suraj Sakaram, Madhavi Kadakia Jan 2017

Δnp63Α And Microrna: Leveraging The Epithelial-Mesenchymal Transition, Andrew J. Stacy, Michael P. Craig, Suraj Sakaram, Madhavi Kadakia

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The epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) is a cellular reprogramming mechanism that is an underlying cause of cancer metastasis. Recent investigations have uncovered an intricate network of regulation involving the TGFβ Wnt, and Notch signaling pathways and small regulatory RNA species called microRNAs (miRNAs). The activity of a transcription factor vital to the maintenance of epithelial stemness, ?Np63a, has been shown to modulate the activity of these EMT pathways to either repress or promote EMT. Furthermore, ?Np63a is a known regulator of miRNA, including those directly involved in EMT. This review discusses the evidence of ?Np63a as a master regulator of EMT ...


Purification Of Recombinant Δ Np63 Α And Characterization Of Peptide Binding, Amal Abdulah Albati Jan 2015

Purification Of Recombinant Δ Np63 Α And Characterization Of Peptide Binding, Amal Abdulah Albati

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δ NP63α, the primary p63 isoform of the p53 transcription factor family, is a proto-oncogene implicated in non-melanoma skin cancers. Expressed in the basal layer of the epidermis, δ NP63α promotes cell survival and proliferation. Inhibition of this protein could potentially be beneficial in non-melanoma skin cancer patients. The first goal of this project was the purification of recombinant δ NP63α in Escherichia Coli. Recombinant δ NP63α was expressed as GST-δ NP63α followed by GST cleavage using GST trap affinity column chromatography yielding pure δ NP63α The second objective of this project was to test the binding capabilities of peptides ...


P63 And Vdr Are Regulated By Vitamin D (Vd3) And Uv Signaling, Andrew J. Whitlatch Jan 2010

P63 And Vdr Are Regulated By Vitamin D (Vd3) And Uv Signaling, Andrew J. Whitlatch

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Skin cancers, such as squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), develop from accumulated mutations as a result of excessive exposure to Ultraviolet B (UVB) radiation. Intriguingly, UVB also catalyzes the synthesis of 1alpha, 25-dihydroxy Vitamin D3 (VD3), the hormonally active form of Vitamin D. Downstream VD3 signaling has been associated with promoting the inhibition of cell cycle progression, regulating calcium homeostasis, and inducing differentiation and apoptosis. VD3 mediates these processes via genomic mechanisms through interaction with its cognate receptor, the Vitamin D Receptor, (VDR). In addition, it was recently discovered that VD3 reduces UVB-mediated phosphorylation of the SAPK/c-Jun N-terminal kinase (JNK ...