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    Keywords: RECEPTOR ; CELLS ; EXPRESSION ; IN-VITRO ; IRRADIATION ; proliferation ; SURVIVAL ; CELL ; COMBINATION ; IN-VIVO ; VIVO ; GENERATION ; PROTEIN ; PROTEINS ; transcription ; MICE ; ACTIVATION ; DNA ; TRANSCRIPTION FACTOR ; ANTIGEN ; T cell ; T cells ; T-CELL ; T-CELLS ; BINDING ; PHOSPHORYLATION ; CELL-SURVIVAL ; ELEMENT ; ELEMENT-BINDING PROTEIN ; knockout ; MUTANT ; NO ; TRANSCRIPTION FACTORS ; TRANSGENIC MICE ; PROMOTER ; transgenic ; RESPONSIVE ELEMENT ; T lymphocyte ; OVEREXPRESSION ; rodent ; T lymphocytes ; BINDING PROTEIN ; thymus ; BINDING-PROTEIN ; IL-2 PRODUCTION ; MOLECULAR-BASIS
    Abstract: Recent generation of genetically modified Creb1 mutant mice has revealed an important role for CREB (CAMP responsive element binding protein) and the related proteins CREM (CAMP responsive element modulator) and ATF1 (activating transcription factor 1) in cell survival, in agreement with previous studies using overexpression of dominant-negative CREB (dnCREB). CREB and ATF1 are abundantly expressed in T cells and are rapidly activated by phosphorylation when T cells are stimulated through the T cell antigen receptor. We show that T cell-specific loss of CREB in mice, in combination with the loss of ATF1, results in reduced thymic cellularity and delayed thymic recovery following sublethal irradiation but no changes in T cell development or activation. These data show that loss of CREB function has specific effects on thymic T lymphocyte proliferation and homeostasis in vivo
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 15214044
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    Keywords: brain ; EXPRESSION ; IN-VITRO ; CELL ; Germany ; MODEL ; VITRO ; SYSTEM ; NEW-YORK ; GENE ; GENOME ; PROTEIN ; recombination ; ALPHA ; MOUSE ; PROMOTER ; PROMOTERS ; inactivation ; BETA ; alpha complementation,iCre recombinase,IoxP ; COMPLEMENTATION ; POLYPEPTIDE ; SITE-SPECIFIC RECOMBINATION
    Abstract: The Cre-IoxP system is increasingly exploited for spatial and temporal gene inactivation. Here we present a novel approach to achieve this goal of selective gene inactivation. Following the model of complementation in the beta-galactosidase enzyme, where the enzyme is split into independent polypeptides which are able to associate and maintain the enzymatic activity, we divided the Cre recombinase into two independent polypeptides (one containing the NH2 terminus (alpha) and a second one containing the COOH-terminus (beta)). Individually, the two polypeptides have no detectable activity. However, when coexpressed the polypeptides are able to associate, giving rise to Cre enzymatic activity, which optimally is as high as 30% of that seen with wildtype Cre recombinase in vitro. We present this strategy as a modification of the traditional Cre-IoxP system, which could be used to obtain a highly specific recombination pattern by expressing the two halves under the control of separate promoters. (C) 2003 Wiley-Liss, Inc
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 14502574
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    Keywords: brain ; PEPTIDE ; RECEPTOR ; CELLS ; EXPRESSION ; GROWTH ; INHIBITOR ; BLOOD ; CELL ; GENE ; GENES ; PROTEIN ; transcription ; METABOLISM ; MICE ; RELEASE ; ACTIVATION ; TRANSCRIPTION FACTOR ; IMPACT ; hepatocytes ; BINDING ; PHOSPHORYLATION ; SIGNAL ; ACID ; CREB ; ELEMENT-BINDING PROTEIN ; TRANSGENIC MICE ; hormone ; DISRUPTION ; BODY ; MUTANT MICE ; HYPOPLASIA ; BINDING PROTEIN ; LOSSES ; SIGNALS ; EXPANSION ; CAMP RESPONSE ELEMENT ; CREB FUNCTION ; HORMONE-RELEASING-HORMONE ; NEURAL STEM
    Abstract: The principal regulation of body growth is via a cascade of hormone signals emanating from the hypothalamus, by release of GHRH, which then directs the somatotroph cells of the pituitary to release GH into the blood stream. This in turn leads to activation of signal transducer and activator of transcription 5-dependent expression of genes such as IGF-1 in hepatocytes, acid labile substance, and serine protease inhibitor 2.1, resulting in body growth. Here, using conditional cAMP response element binding protein ( CREB) mutant mice, we show that loss of the CREB transcription factor in the brain, but not the pituitary, results in reduced postnatal growth consistent with dwarfism caused by GH deficiency. We demonstrate that although there appears to be no significant impact upon the expression of GHRH mRNA in CREB mutant mice, the amount of GHRH peptide is reduced. These findings show that CREB is required for the efficient production of GHRH in hypothalamus, in addition to its previously reported role in pituitary GH production and somatotroph expansion
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 16141355
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