Assistant Research Professor

Basic Sciences
Division of Biochemistry
School of Medicine
Loma Linda University
Loma Linda, CA 92350

Phone:(909) 558-1000 Ext. 48656
Fax:(909) 558-0177

Research Interest

Gene expression regulation

Regulation of gene transcription is the most effective way how cell can regulate and modify its response to environment. Currently, there are several efficient and robust methods to study gene expression on transcriptional level, including RT-PCR, microarray analysis, HTP sequencing, making it possible to study expression regulation. We are using these methods to analyze transcription in several cellular systems and biological samples, such as apoptosis in cancer cell lines, differentiation in human keratinocytes, and ceramide regulation in brain cells.

RNA splicing

RNA splicing is a universal process in eukaryotic cells that considerably increases number of protein variants. Alternative splicing leads to production of different proteins with altered properties. In some cases, when RNA splicing is not regulated properly, these altered proteins can cause different diseases including cancer. Pre-mRNA splicing is regulated by a riboprotein complex, spliceosome, and family of SR splicing factors is its essential part. Splicing activity, including alternative splicing, is believed to be regulated by effective concentration of different spliceosome components. We have found that in cells stressed by DNA damage, expression of several SR splicing is controlled by p53 tumor repressor. Observed link between p53 and splicing factors expression regulation may shed light on the fact that splicing regulation is often affected during cancerogenesis.

Selected Publications:

  1. Filippova, M., V. A. Filippov, M. Kagoda, T. Garnett, N. Fodor and P. J. Duerksen-Hughes. Complexes of Human Papillomavirus Type 16 E6 Proteins Form Pseudo-Death-Inducing Signaling Complex Structures during Tumor Necrosis Factor-Mediated Apoptosis. J. Virol. 83:210-227, 2009. PMID: 18842714
  2. Filippov, V., M. Filippova and P. J. Duerksen-Hughes. The Early Response to DNA Damage can Lead to Activation of Alternative Splicing Activity Resulting in CD44 Splice Pattern Changes. Cancer Research. 67:7621-7630, 2007. PMID: 17699766
  3. Filippova, M., M. M. Johnson, M. Bautista, V. Filippov, N. Fodor, S. S. Tungteakkhun, K. Williams and P. J. Duerksen-Hughes. The Large and Small Isoforms of HPV 16 E6 Bind to and Differentially Affect Procaspase 8 Stability and Activity. J. Virology. 81:4116-4129, 2007. PMID: 17267478
  4. Filippov, V., E. L. Schmidt, M. Filippova and P. J. Duerksen-Hughes. Splicing and splice factor SRp55 participate in the response to DNA damage by changing isoform ratios of target genes. Gene. 420:34-41, 2008. PMID: 18571879
  5. Haynes, T.-A S., P. J. Duerksen-Hughes, M. Filippova, V. Filippov and K. Zhang. C(18) Ceramide Analysis in Mammalian Cells Employing Reversed-Phase High Performance Liquid Chromatography Tandem Mass Spectrometry. Analytical Biochemistry. 378:80-86, 2008. PMID: 1842339
  6. Pullikuth, A.K., V. Filippov and S. S. Gill. Phylogeny and cloning of ion transporters in mosquitoes. J Exp. Biol.206: 3857-3868, 2003. PMID: 14506221
  7. Filippov, V., Solovyev, V., M. Filippova and S.S. Gill. A Novel type of RNase III family proteins in eukaryotes. Gene 245: 213-221, 2000. PMID: 10713462
  8. Filippov, V., M. Filippova and S.S. Gill. Drosophila RNase H1 is essential for development but not for proliferation. Mol Genet Genomics 265: 771-777, 2001. PMID: 11523794
  9. Filippov, V., M. Filippova and S.S. Gill. Functional characterization of RNAse H1 from Drosophila Melanogaster. Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 240:844-849, 1997. PMID: 9398656