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Homothorax Is A Modifier Of Radiation Sensitivity In Drosophila Melanogaster Bantam Mutants, Geoffrey Meyerhof Jan 2017

Homothorax Is A Modifier Of Radiation Sensitivity In Drosophila Melanogaster Bantam Mutants, Geoffrey Meyerhof

Undergraduate Honors Theses

Radiation resistance in human cancers represents a massive impediment for successful tumor treatment. The fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster is an excellent model for human radiation resistance because of its largely conserved apoptotic pathways and malleable genome. This thesis investigates the genetic regulatory mechanisms for bantam (ban), an anti-apoptotic microRNA. To first identify genes that interact with ban, a forward genetic screen was conducted. This screen looked for genes that yielded radiation dependent pupal lethality in a ban deficient background. From this screen the transcription factor, homothorax, was identified as displaying radiation dependent synthetic lethality with ban. To investigate the mechanism ...


The Bbc3 Antisense Intragenic Transcript, Bait, Contributes To Puma Expression By A P53-Autonomous Mechanism, Nicole C. Michael Jan 2015

The Bbc3 Antisense Intragenic Transcript, Bait, Contributes To Puma Expression By A P53-Autonomous Mechanism, Nicole C. Michael

Undergraduate Honors Theses

p53 is a tumor suppressor protein which orchestrates cell cycle arrest or apoptosis to prevent the hyperproliferation of cells which could lead to cancer. However, when p53 is inactivated, which happens in over 50% of cancers, it fails to induce PUMA, a potent apoptotic protein. Loss of PUMA makes cancer cells less likely to undergo apoptosis upon stress stimuli. Recent GRO-seq data revealed unique antisense transcription initiated 6kb into the PUMA locus, creating a small noncoding RNA transcript dubbed BAIT (BBC3 antisense intragenic transcript). This project focused on understanding the expression and function of BAIT, which we hypothesized could modulate ...


Paternal Mitochondria Elimination And Cell Death Regulation In C. Elegans, Qinghua Zhou Jan 2012

Paternal Mitochondria Elimination And Cell Death Regulation In C. Elegans, Qinghua Zhou

Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology Graduate Theses & Dissertations

The nematode C. elegans is a model organism for various biomedical studies due to its genetic simplicity and conservation with humans. As C. elegans is uniquely amenable to cellular, molecular genetic, and biochemical analyses, many basic biological processes are investigated by experimentally manipulating and observing worms. My thesis describes how I used C. elegans models to advance our understanding of paternal mitochondria elimination and cell death regulation.

Mitochondria are membrane-enclosed organelles that carry their own genome (mtDNA). In mammals, the inheritance of mitochondria and mtDNA is strictly maternal, despite the fact that a sperm can inject up to 100 functional ...


Novel Molecular Mechanisms That Modulate The Cellular Response To P53 Activation, Ryan Edward Henry Jan 2012

Novel Molecular Mechanisms That Modulate The Cellular Response To P53 Activation, Ryan Edward Henry

Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology Graduate Theses & Dissertations

The p53 tumor suppressor protein is the most frequently mutated gene in human tumors and is amongst the most intensely studied molecules in modern biology. p53 acts primarily as a stress-responsive transcription factor that directly regulates the expression of over one hundred target genes, the products of which mediate such tumor suppressive responses as cell cycle arrest, apoptosis, senescence and DNA damage repair. It is well established that p53-dependent cellular stress responses can vary, depending on both the nature of the p53-activating stimulus as well as the cell type experiencing the stress; however, the molecular mechanisms that drive cells to ...


The Drosophila Receptor Tyrosine Kinase Tie Instructs Function Of The Bantam Microrna In The Response To Ionizing Radiation, Amber Bilak Jan 2012

The Drosophila Receptor Tyrosine Kinase Tie Instructs Function Of The Bantam Microrna In The Response To Ionizing Radiation, Amber Bilak

Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology Graduate Theses & Dissertations

Life or death choices of cells in Drosophila depend on the accumulation of critical levels of pro-apoptotic factors such as hid. Ionizing radiation (IR) causes lesions to macromolecules in cells that trigger damage responses and result in death of cells expressing critical amounts of hid. Cells are eliminated by apoptosis to prevent the transfer of damaged genetic material to daughter cells. However, some cells must be preserved in order for organisms to survive and regenerate. Therefore, genes that limit apoptosis can enhance organismal survival. The ban miRNA limits apoptosis after IR exposure by regulating the 3'UTR of hid. Though ...