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Miroslav Blumenberg

New York University Langone Medical Center

Dr. Blumenberg pioneered the use of DNA microarrays in skin biology. His H-index of 35 is a clear indicator of his merit and impact as a researcher. He serves on editorial boards of BMC Genomics, Acta Dermatovenerologica APA, and World Journal of Biological Chemistry and holds three patents.


Cytoplasm Cytokeratin-associated Proteins Signal Transduction Actin Tubulin Integrins Extracellular Matrix Disruptions and Diseases Promoters Transcription Factors Tissue Specificity Keratinopathies

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Cytokeratins are the most diverse and, arguably least understood components of the cytoskeleton. Comprising the intermediate filaments of epithelial cells, cytokeratins have roles in tissue integrity, in signaling, attachment to a substrate, and providing scaffolding to cytoplasmic organelles including, presumably, the nucleus. Essentially insoluble filamentous structures, these assemblies disappear during mitosis, to re-assemble immediately afterward. Beyond the confines of epithelial cells, keratins provide the bulk material to the epidermal stratum corneum, hair, nails and other rigid elements of the integument. Cytokeratins are obligate heteropolymers, consisting of equal amounts of Type I, acidic, and Type II neutral to basic proteins. In mammals, the Type I keratin genes are clustered in a single chromosomal region, and so are the Type II keratin genes. Different cytokeratins are characteristic molecular marker for specific epithelia, e.g., epidermis, cornea, tongue, hair etc. Mutations in keratin genes have dominant inheritance, in accordance with their obligate polymerization, and can cause severe disorders. Lately, first successes in correcting the mutant phenotype have been achieved using DNA-targeted therapies. Recent progress in studies of these fascinating proteins warrants a recap at this moment, which this volume aims to provide.

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Miroslav Blumenberg

New York University Langone Medical Center

Miroslav Blumenberg, PhD, was born in Subotica and received his BSc in Belgrade, Yugoslavia. He completed his PhD at MIT in Organic Chemistry; he followed up his PhD with two postdoctoral study periods at Stanford University. Since 1983, he has been a faculty member of the RO Perelman Department of Dermatology, NYU School of Medicine, where he is a codirector of a training grant in cutaneous biology. Dr. Blumenberg’s research is focused on the epidermis, expression of keratin genes, transcription profiling, keratinocyte differentiation, inflammatory diseases and cancers, and most recently the effects of the microbiome on skin. He has published more than 100 peer-reviewed research articles and graduated numerous PhD and postdoctoral students. Dr. Blumenberg lives in New York, USA, with his wife and two children.

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