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A Novel Autophagy Regulatory Mechanism That Functions During Programmed Cell Death: A Dissertation, Tsun-Kai Chang Sep 2013

A Novel Autophagy Regulatory Mechanism That Functions During Programmed Cell Death: A Dissertation, Tsun-Kai Chang

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Autophagy is a cellular process that delivers cytoplasmic materials for degradation by the lysosomes. Autophagy-related (Atg) genes were identified in yeast genetic screens for vehicle formation under stress conditions, and Atg genes are conserved from yeast to human. When cells or animals are under stress, autophagy is induced and Atg8 (LC3 in mammal) is activated by E1 activating enzyme Atg7. Atg8-containing membranes form and surround cargos, close and mature to become the autophagosomes. Autophagosomes fuse with lysosomes, and cargos are degraded by lysosomal enzymes to sustain cell viability. Therefore, autophagy is most frequently considered to function in cell survival. Whether ...


Hiv-1 And The Nucleolus: A Role For Nucleophosmin/Npm1 In Viral Replication: A Dissertation, Tracy E. Schmidt Aug 2013

Hiv-1 And The Nucleolus: A Role For Nucleophosmin/Npm1 In Viral Replication: A Dissertation, Tracy E. Schmidt

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The nucleolus is a plurifunctional organelle with dynamic protein exchange involved in diverse aspects of cell biology. Additionally, the nucleolus has been shown to have a role in the replication of numerous viruses, which includes HIV-1. Several groups have reported HIV-1 vRNA localization within the nucleolus. Moreover, it has been demonstrated the HIV-1 Rev protein localizes to the nucleolus and interacts with nucleolar proteins, including NPM1. Despite evidence for a nucleolar involvement during replication, a functional link has not been demonstrated. I investigated whether introncontaining vRNAs have a Rev-mediated nucleolar localization step prior to export. Furthermore, I examined whether NPM1 ...


Morphogenetic Requirements For Embryo Patterning And The Generation Of Stem Cell-Derived Mice: A Dissertation, Yeonsoo Yoon Jul 2013

Morphogenetic Requirements For Embryo Patterning And The Generation Of Stem Cell-Derived Mice: A Dissertation, Yeonsoo Yoon

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Cell proliferation and differentiation are tightly regulated processes required for the proper development of multi-cellular organisms. To understand the effects of cell proliferation on embryo patterning in mice, we inactivated Aurora A, a gene essential for completion of the cell cycle. We discovered that inhibiting cell proliferation leads to different outcomes depending on the tissue affected. If the epiblast, the embryonic component, is compromised, it leads to gastrulation failure. However, when Aurora A is inactivated in extra-embryonic tissues, mutant embryos fail to properly establish the anteroposterior axis. Ablation of Aurora A in the epiblast eventually leads to abnormal embryos composed ...


A Role For Intraflagellar Transport Proteins In Mitosis: A Dissertation, Alison R. Bright Jun 2013

A Role For Intraflagellar Transport Proteins In Mitosis: A Dissertation, Alison R. Bright

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Disruption of cilia proteins results in a range of disorders called ciliopathies. However, the mechanism by which cilia dysfunction contributes to disease is not well understood. Intraflagellar transport (IFT) proteins are required for ciliogenesis. They carry ciliary cargo along the microtubule axoneme while riding microtubule motors. Interestingly, IFT proteins localize to spindle poles in non-ciliated, mitotic cells, suggesting a mitotic function for IFT proteins. Based on their role in cilia, we hypothesized that IFT proteins regulate microtubule-based transport during mitotic spindle assembly. Biochemical investigation revealed that in mitotic cells IFT88, IFT57, IFT52, and IFT20 interact with dynein1, a microtubule motor ...


Investigation Of Multiple Concerted Mechanisms Underlying Stimulus-Induced G1 Arrest In Yeast: A Dissertation, Patricia A. Pope Jun 2013

Investigation Of Multiple Concerted Mechanisms Underlying Stimulus-Induced G1 Arrest In Yeast: A Dissertation, Patricia A. Pope

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Progression through the cell cycle is tightly controlled, and the decision whether or not to enter a new cell cycle can be influenced by both internal and external cues. For budding yeast one such external cue is pheromone treatment, which can induce G1 arrest. Two distinct mechanisms are known to be involved in this arrest, one dependent on the arrest protein Far1 and one independent of Far1, but the exact mechanisms have remained enigmatic. The studies presented here further elucidate both of these mechanisms.

We looked at two distinct aspects of the Far1-independent arrest mechanism. First, we studied the role ...


Role Of Map4k4 In Skeletal Muscle Differentiation: A Dissertation, Mengxi Wang May 2013

Role Of Map4k4 In Skeletal Muscle Differentiation: A Dissertation, Mengxi Wang

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Skeletal muscle is a complicated and heterogeneous striated muscle tissue that serves critical mechanical and metabolic functions in the organism. The process of generating skeletal muscle, myogenesis, is elaborately coordinated by members of the protein kinase family, which transmit diverse signals initiated by extracellular stimuli to myogenic transcriptional hierarchy in muscle cells. Mitogen-activated protein kinases (MAPKs) including p38 MAPK, c-Jun N terminal kinase (JNK) and extracellular signal-regulated protein kinase (ERK) are components of serine/threonine protein kinase cascades that play important roles in skeletal muscle differentiation. The exploration of MAPK upstream kinases identified mitogen activated protein kinase kinase kinase kinase ...


Role Of Autophagy In Post-Mitotic Midbody Fate And Function: A Dissertation, Tse-Chun Kuo Mar 2013

Role Of Autophagy In Post-Mitotic Midbody Fate And Function: A Dissertation, Tse-Chun Kuo

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The midbody (MB) is a proteinaceous complex formed between the two daughter cells during cell division and is required for the final cell separation event in late cytokinesis. After cell division, the post-mitotic midbody, or midbody derivative (MBd), can be retained and accumulated in a subpopulation of cancer cells and stem cells, but not in normal diploid differentiated cells. However, the mechanisms by which MBds accumulate and function are unclear. Based on this, I hypothesize that the MBd is degraded by autophagy after cell division in normal diploid differentiated cells, whereas non-differentiated cells have low autophagic ...


Runx Expression In Normal And Osteoarthritic Cartilage: Possible Functions Of Runx Proteins In Chondrocytes: A Dissertation, Kimberly T. Leblanc Feb 2013

Runx Expression In Normal And Osteoarthritic Cartilage: Possible Functions Of Runx Proteins In Chondrocytes: A Dissertation, Kimberly T. Leblanc

GSBS Dissertations and Theses

The Runx family of transcription factors supports cell fate determination, cell cycle regulation, global protein synthesis control, and genetic as well as epigenetic regulation of target genes. Runx1, which is essential for hematopoiesis; Runx2, which is required for osteoblast differentiation; and Runx3, which is involved in neurologic and gut development; are expressed in the growth plate during chondrocyte maturation, and in the chondrocytes of permanent cartilage structures. While Runx2 is known to control genes that contribute to chondrocyte hypertrophy, the functions of Runx1 and Runx3 during chondrogenesis and in cartilage tissue have been less well studied.

The goals of this ...