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Identification Of Deubiquitinating Enzymes That Control The Cell Cycle In Saccharomyces Cerevisiae, Claudine E. Mapa Nov 2018

Identification Of Deubiquitinating Enzymes That Control The Cell Cycle In Saccharomyces Cerevisiae, Claudine E. Mapa

GSBS Dissertations and Theses

A large fraction of the proteome displays cell cycle-dependent expression, which is important for cells to accurately grow and divide. Cyclical protein expression requires protein degradation via the ubiquitin proteasome system (UPS), and several ubiquitin ligases (E3) have established roles in this regulation. Less is understood about the roles of deubiquitinating enzymes (DUB), which antagonize E3 activity. A few DUBs have been shown to interact with and deubiquitinate cell cycle-regulatory E3s and their protein substrates, suggesting DUBs play key roles in cell cycle control. However, in vitro studies and characterization of individual DUB deletion strains in yeast suggest that these ...


Tumor-Stroma Interactions Differentially Alter Drug Sensitivity Based On The Origin Of Stromal Cells, Benjamin D. Landry Oct 2018

Tumor-Stroma Interactions Differentially Alter Drug Sensitivity Based On The Origin Of Stromal Cells, Benjamin D. Landry

GSBS Dissertations and Theses

Tumor heterogeneity observed between patients has made it challenging to develop universal or broadly effective cancer therapies. Therefore, an ever-growing movement within cancer research aims to tailor cancer therapies to individual patients or specific tumor subtypes. Tumor stratification is generally dictated by the genomic mutation status of the tumor cells themselves. Importantly, non-genetic influences – such as interactions between tumor cells and other components of the tumor microenvironment – have largely been ignored. Therefore, in an effort to increase treatment predictability and efficacy, we investigated how tumor-stroma interactions contribute to drug sensitivity and drug resistance.

I designed a high throughput co-culture screening ...


Understanding Nuage-Mitochondrial Coupling In Drosophila Pirna Biogenesis, Tianfang Ge Aug 2018

Understanding Nuage-Mitochondrial Coupling In Drosophila Pirna Biogenesis, Tianfang Ge

GSBS Dissertations and Theses

In the Drosophilaovary, PIWI-interacting RNAs (piRNAs) suppress transposon expression, ensuring female fertility. PIWI proteins Aub and Ago3, loaded with ping-pong piRNAs and reside in perinuclear nuage granules, engage in reciprocal transposon transcript cleavage termed the ping-pong cycle. The other PIWI protein Piwi, loaded with phased piRNAs and resides in the nucleus, silences transposon transcriptionally. Ping-pong piRNAs are made through the ping-pong amplification loop by Aub and Ago3, whereas phased piRNAs are made through consecutive endonucleolytic cleavages that spread in 5′-to-3′ direction, presumably by Zucchini (Zuc), an endonuclease resides on the surface of mitochondria. The ping-pong and phasing biogenesis ...


Serinc5: Its Sensitivity To Nef And Restriction Of Hiv-1, Weiwei Dai Aug 2018

Serinc5: Its Sensitivity To Nef And Restriction Of Hiv-1, Weiwei Dai

GSBS Dissertations and Theses

The accessory protein Nef of human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) has long been known to enhance the infectivity of HIV-1 progeny virions. The multipass transmembrane proteins serine incorporator 3 (SERINC3) and SERINC5 were recently identified as novel antiviral proteins that restrict HIV-1 infectivity. Nef enhances HIV-1 infectivity by removing SERINCs from the plasma membrane, which prevents their incorporation into progeny HIV-1 virions. To exploit this potent intrinsic antiretroviral factor for potential therapy development, it is critical to explore the determinants in SERINC5 that govern its downregulation by Nef and its restriction on HIV-1 infectivity. Here I report that the ...


Maelstrom Represses Canonical Rna Polymerase Ii Transcription In Drosophila Dual-Strand Pirna Clusters, Timothy H. Chang Apr 2018

Maelstrom Represses Canonical Rna Polymerase Ii Transcription In Drosophila Dual-Strand Pirna Clusters, Timothy H. Chang

GSBS Dissertations and Theses

Transposons constitute much of the animal genome. While many transposons are ancient and inactivated, numerous others are intact and must be actively repressed. Uncontrolled transposons can cause genomic instability through DNA damage or mutations and must be carefully silenced in the germline or risk sterility or mutations that are passed on to offspring.

In Drosophila melanogaster, 23–30 nt long piRNAs direct transposon silencing by serving as guides for Aubergine, Argonaute3, and Piwi, the three fly PIWI proteins. piRNAs derive from piRNA clusters—large heterochromatic DNA loci comprising transposons and transposon fragments. piRNAs are loaded into PIWI proteins via the ...


Role Of Jip1-Jnk Signaling In Beta-Cell Function And Autophagy, Seda Barutcu Jan 2018

Role Of Jip1-Jnk Signaling In Beta-Cell Function And Autophagy, Seda Barutcu

GSBS Dissertations and Theses

Proper functioning of endocrine cells is crucial for organismal homeostasis. The underlying mechanisms that fine-tune the amount, and the timing of hormone secretion are not clear. JIP1 / MAPK8IP1 (JNK interacting protein 1) is a scaffold protein that mediates cellular stress response, and is highly expressed in endocrine cells, including insulin secreting b-cells in pancreas islets. However, the role of JIP1 in b-cells is unclear. This study demonstrates that b-cell specific Jip1 ablation results in decreased glucose-induced insulin secretion, without a change in Insulin1 and Insulin2 gene expression. Inhibition of both JIP1-kinesin interaction, and JIP1-JNK interaction by genetic mutations also resulted ...


Understanding Multiple Independent Functions Of The Tip60 Acetyltransferase In Embryonic Development, Diwash Acharya Dec 2017

Understanding Multiple Independent Functions Of The Tip60 Acetyltransferase In Embryonic Development, Diwash Acharya

GSBS Dissertations and Theses

Chromatin is a dynamic structure, and chromatin remodeling enzymes regulate chromatin structure to control gene expression and proper lineage specification. Tip60-p400 is a multi-subunit chromatin remodeling complex containing two biochemical activities: the Tip60 subunit is a lysine acetyltransferase (KAT) that targets histones and non-histone proteins, and p400 catalyzes ATP-dependent incorporation of histone variant H2AZ into chromatin. Both of these chromatin modifications have been widely studied with respect to gene expression, DNA damage repair, and apoptosis. Ablation of these catalytic subunits causes defects in normal embryonic development, ESC self-renewal, and gene expression. My goal has been to understand the multiple independent ...


Membrane Proteins Take Different Trafficking Pathways To The Primary Cilium, William Joseph Monis Dec 2017

Membrane Proteins Take Different Trafficking Pathways To The Primary Cilium, William Joseph Monis

GSBS Dissertations and Theses

Cilia are conserved organelles that extend from the surface of most eukaryotic cells. During development cilia play key roles in force generation and perception of the extracellular environment. Ciliary defects cause a broad class of human diseases called ciliopathies characterized by pleiotropic symptoms including cystic kidneys, retinal degeneration, cardiac malformations and skeletal deformations. Perception of the environment relies on specific proteins being localized to the ciliary membrane compartment. The mechanism for sorting and trafficking membrane proteins to the cilium is poorly understood. To address this question, I developed a fluorescence-based pulse-chase assay to measure the transport kinetics of ciliary membrane ...


Runx1 Control Of Mammary Epithelial And Breast Cancer Cell Phenotypes, Deli Hong Dec 2017

Runx1 Control Of Mammary Epithelial And Breast Cancer Cell Phenotypes, Deli Hong

GSBS Dissertations and Theses

Breast cancer remains the most common malignant disease in women worldwide. Despite the advantages of early detection and improved treatments, studies into the mechanisms that initiate and drive breast cancer progression are still required. Recent studies have identified RUNX1, which is an essential transcription factor for hematopoiesis, is one of the most frequently mutated genes in breast cancer patients. However, the role of RUNX1 in the mammary gland is understudied.

In this dissertation, we examined the role of RUNX1 in both normal mammary epithelial and breast cancer cells. Our in vitro studies demonstrated that RUNX1 inhibits epithelial to mesenchymal transition ...


Dosage Compensation Of Trisomy 21 And Its Implications For Hematopoietic Pathogenesis In Down Syndrome, Jen-Chieh Chiang Nov 2017

Dosage Compensation Of Trisomy 21 And Its Implications For Hematopoietic Pathogenesis In Down Syndrome, Jen-Chieh Chiang

GSBS Dissertations and Theses

Down Syndrome (DS), the most common aneuploidy seen in live-borns, is caused by trisomy for chromosome 21. DS imposes high risks for multiple health issues involving various systems of the body. The genetic complexity of trisomy 21 and natural variation between all individuals has impeded understanding of the specific cell pathologies and pathways involved. In addition, chromosomal disorders have been considered outside the hopeful progress in gene therapies for single-gene disorders. Here we test the feasibility of correcting imbalanced expression of genes across an extra chromosome by expression of a single gene, XIST, the key player in X chromosome inactivation ...


Ki-67 Regulates Cell Cycle Progression And Heterochromatin Organization, Xiaoming Sun Sep 2017

Ki-67 Regulates Cell Cycle Progression And Heterochromatin Organization, Xiaoming Sun

GSBS Dissertations and Theses

A subset of eukaryotic heterochromatin is located around the nucleoli, and this localization is correlated with gene silencing. Although there is some evidence for trans-acting factors organizing genomic loci around the nucleolus, the characterization of proteins and /or RNAs involved in perinculeolar heterochromatin localization and maintenance is incomplete. Notably, the mammalian female inactive X chromosome, a well-studied model of facultative heterochromatin, frequently resides in the perinucleolar regions during mid to late S phase. The disruption of the Xi–nucleolus association results in the erosion of heterochromatin compartment and silencing, which renders it a good model to investigate the mechanism and ...


Investigating Structural And Functional Defects In Als-Causing Profilin 1 Variants, Sivakumar Boopathy Sep 2017

Investigating Structural And Functional Defects In Als-Causing Profilin 1 Variants, Sivakumar Boopathy

GSBS Dissertations and Theses

Mutations in profilin 1 (PFN1) cause amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a fatal neurodegenerative disease that targets motor neurons. PFN1 is a 15 kDa protein that is best known for its role in actin dynamics. However, little is known about the pathological mechanisms of PFN1 in ALS. In this dissertation, it is demonstrated that certain familial ALS-linked mutations severely destabilize the native conformation of PFN1 in vitro and cause accelerated turnover of the PFN1 protein in neuronal cells. This mutation-induced destabilization can account for the high propensity of ALS-linked variants to aggregate and also provides rationale for their reported functional defects ...


Platelet Transcriptome Heterogeneity: A Role For Rna Uptake In Vascular Health And Disease, Lauren R. Clancy Aug 2017

Platelet Transcriptome Heterogeneity: A Role For Rna Uptake In Vascular Health And Disease, Lauren R. Clancy

GSBS Dissertations and Theses

As our understanding of the platelet’s systemic role continues to expand beyond hemostasis and thrombosis, interrogation of the platelet’s ability to affect diverse biological processes is required. Studies of the platelet’s non-traditional roles have focused on developing our understanding of the platelet’s relation to specific disease phenotypes as well as elucidation of platelet characteristics, content, and function. The generic content, traditional function and heterogeneity of platelets have long been accepted; more ambiguous and controversial has been how these factors are interrelated.

Investigation of platelet content revealed the presence of biologically functional RNA in anucleated platelets, the ...


Intergenerational Effects Of Nicotine In An Animal Model Of Paternal Nicotine Exposure, Markus Parzival Vallaster Aug 2017

Intergenerational Effects Of Nicotine In An Animal Model Of Paternal Nicotine Exposure, Markus Parzival Vallaster

GSBS Dissertations and Theses

Environmental conditions imposed onto organisms during certain phases of their life cycles such as embryogenesis or puberty can not only impact the organisms’ own health, but also affect subsequent generations. The underlying mechanisms causing intergenerational phenotypes are not encoded in the genome, but the result of reversible epigenetic modifications. This work investigates in a mouse model the impact of paternal nicotine exposure on the next generation regarding addictive behavior modulation, metabolic changes, and molecular mechanisms. It provides evidence that male offspring from nicotine-exposed fathers (NIC offspring) is more resistant to lethal doses of nicotine. This phenotype is gender-specific and depends ...


A Mechanistic Investigation Of Insulin Receptor Substrate 2 Function In Breast Cancer Progression, Jose R. Mercado-Matos Jun 2017

A Mechanistic Investigation Of Insulin Receptor Substrate 2 Function In Breast Cancer Progression, Jose R. Mercado-Matos

GSBS Dissertations and Theses

The advancement of cancer treatment depends on understanding the biological processes that contribute to disease progression. The spread of tumor cells from the primary site to distant organs is the biggest obstacle to efficacious treatment. The insulin receptor substrate (IRS) proteins IRS1 and IRS2 are cytoplasmic adaptor proteins that organize signaling events downstream of the Insulin receptor (IR) and the Insulin-like growth factor receptor 1 (IGF1R). Both of these receptors have been implicated in cancer progression. The IRS proteins share a significant level of homology and are both capable of recruiting and activating phosphatidylinositol-3 kinase (PI3K). Despite these similarities, signaling ...


Complement-Related Regulates Autophagy In Neighboring Cells, Lin Lin Jun 2017

Complement-Related Regulates Autophagy In Neighboring Cells, Lin Lin

GSBS Dissertations and Theses

Autophagy is a conserved process that cells use to degrade their own cytoplasmic components by delivery to lysosomes. Autophagy ensures intracellular quality control and is associated with diseases such as cancer and immune disorders. The process of autophagy is controlled by core autophagy (Atg) genes that are conserved from yeast to mammal. Most Atg proteins and their regulators were identified through pioneering studies of the single cell yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae, and little is known about factors that systematically coordinate autophagy within the tissues of multicellular animals. The goal of this thesis is to identify new autophagy regulators and provide a ...


Single-Molecule Studies Of Replication Kinetics In Response To Dna Damage, Divya Ramalingam Iyer May 2017

Single-Molecule Studies Of Replication Kinetics In Response To Dna Damage, Divya Ramalingam Iyer

GSBS Dissertations and Theses

In response to DNA damage during S phase, cells slow DNA replication. This slowing is orchestrated by the intra-S checkpoint and involves inhibition of origin firing and reduction of replication fork speed. Slowing of replication allows for tolerance of DNA damage and suppresses genomic instability. Although the mechanisms of origin inhibition by the intra-S checkpoint are understood, major questions remain about how the checkpoint regulates replication forks: Does the checkpoint regulate the rate of fork progression? Does the checkpoint affect all forks, or only those encountering damage? Does the checkpoint facilitate the replication of polymerase-blocking lesions? To address these questions ...


Exploring New Therapeutic Strategies For Osteoarthritis: From Genetic Manipulation Of Skeletal Tissues To Chemically-Modified Synthetic Hydrogels, Henry Huang Mar 2017

Exploring New Therapeutic Strategies For Osteoarthritis: From Genetic Manipulation Of Skeletal Tissues To Chemically-Modified Synthetic Hydrogels, Henry Huang

GSBS Dissertations and Theses

Osteoarthritis (OA), a degenerative disease of articular joints, is the leading cause of chronic disability in the US and affects more than a third of adults over 65 years old. Due to the obesity epidemic and an aging population, the prevalence of OA is expected to rise in both young and old adults. There are no disease modifying OA drugs. Therefore, providing any treatment options that delay the onset or progression of OA is highly desirable. The scope of this dissertation examines two different strategies to promote translational therapies for OA. The first approach investigated whether Smad ubiquitin regulatory factor ...


Novel Mechanisms Regulating Dopamine Transporter Endocytic Trafficking: Ack1-Controlled Endocytosis And Retromer-Mediated Recycling, Sijia Wu Jan 2017

Novel Mechanisms Regulating Dopamine Transporter Endocytic Trafficking: Ack1-Controlled Endocytosis And Retromer-Mediated Recycling, Sijia Wu

GSBS Dissertations and Theses

Dopamine transporters (DAT) facilitate high-affinity presynaptic dopamine (DA) reuptake in the central nervous system, and are required to constrain extracellular DA levels and maintain presynaptic DAergic tone. DAT is the primary target for addictive and therapeutic psychostimulants, which require DAT binding to elicit reward. DAT availability at presynaptic terminals ensures its proper function, and is dynamically regulated by endocytic trafficking. My thesis research focused on two fundamental questions: 1) what are the molecular mechanisms that control DAT endocytosis? and 2) what are the mechanism(s) that govern DAT’s post-endocytic fate? Using pharmacological and genetic approaches, I discovered that a ...


Role Of Energy Metabolism In The Thermogenic Gene Program, Minwoo Nam Jan 2017

Role Of Energy Metabolism In The Thermogenic Gene Program, Minwoo Nam

GSBS Dissertations and Theses

In murine and human brown adipose tissue (BAT), mitochondria are powerful generators of heat. Emerging evidence has suggested that the actions of mitochondria extend beyond this conventional biochemical role. In mouse BAT and cultured brown adipocytes, impaired mitochondrial respiratory capacity is accompanied by attenuated expression of Ucp1, a key thermogenic gene, implying a mitochondrial retrograde signaling. However, few have investigated this association in the context of mitochondria-nucleus communication.

Using mice with adipose-specific ablation of LRPPRC, a regulator of respiratory capacity, we show that respiration-dependent retrograde signaling from mitochondria to nucleus contributes to transcriptional and metabolic reprogramming of BAT. Impaired respiratory ...


Caf-1 P150 And Ki-67 Regulate Nuclear Structure Throughout The Human Cell Cycle, Timothy D. Matheson Jan 2017

Caf-1 P150 And Ki-67 Regulate Nuclear Structure Throughout The Human Cell Cycle, Timothy D. Matheson

GSBS Dissertations and Theses

The three-dimensional organization of the human genome is non-random in interphase cells. Heterochromatin is highly clustered at the nuclear periphery, adjacent to nucleoli, and near centromeres. These localizations are reshuffled during mitosis when the chromosomes are condensed, nucleoli disassembled, and the nuclear envelope broken down. After cytokinesis, heterochromatin is re-localized to the domains described above. However, the mechanisms by which this localization is coordinated are not well understood. This dissertation will present evidence showing that both CAF-1 p150 and Ki-67 regulate nuclear structure throughout the human cell cycle.

Chromatin Assembly Factor 1 (CAF-1) is a highly conserved three-subunit protein complex ...


Histone Deacetylase 3 Coordinates Heart Development Through Stage-Specific Roles In Cardiac Progenitor Cells, Sara L. Lewandowski Dec 2016

Histone Deacetylase 3 Coordinates Heart Development Through Stage-Specific Roles In Cardiac Progenitor Cells, Sara L. Lewandowski

GSBS Dissertations and Theses

Disruptions in cardiac development cause congenital heart disease, the most prevalent and deadly congenital malformation. Genetic and environmental factors are thought to contribute to these defects, however molecular mechanisms remain largely undefined. Recent work highlighted potential roles of chromatin- modifying enzymes in congenital heart disease pathogenesis. Histone deacetylases, a class of chromatin-modifying enzymes, have developmental importance and recognized roles in the mature heart. This thesis aimed to characterize functions of Hdac3 in cardiac development. We found loss of Hdac3 in the primary heart field causes precocious progenitor cell differentiation, resulting in hypoplastic ventricular walls, ventricular septal defect, and mid- gestational ...


The Origin Of Human White, Brown, And Brite/Beige Adipocytes, So Yun Min Dec 2016

The Origin Of Human White, Brown, And Brite/Beige Adipocytes, So Yun Min

GSBS Dissertations and Theses

During embryonic development, adipocytes emerge from microvasculature. Lineage-­‐tracing studies in mice have shown that adipocyte progenitors reside in the adipose tissue capillaries. However, the direct evidence of an association between adipocyte progenitors and vasculature in humans is lacking. A specific class of adipocytes (brown and beige/brite) expresses the uncoupling protein 1 (UCP1), which consumes glucose and fatty acids to generate heat. The abundance of UCP1- containing adipocytes correlates with a lean metabolically healthy phenotype in human. However, a causal relationship between the presence of these cells and metabolic benefits in human is not clear.

In this thesis, I ...


Histopathological Characterization Of The Dystrophic Phenotype And Development Of Therapeutic Candidates For A Gene Therapy Pre-Clinical Study In Dysferlin Deficient Mice, Leticia Fridman Sep 2016

Histopathological Characterization Of The Dystrophic Phenotype And Development Of Therapeutic Candidates For A Gene Therapy Pre-Clinical Study In Dysferlin Deficient Mice, Leticia Fridman

GSBS Dissertations and Theses

Dysferlin deficient muscular dystrophy is a devastating disease that leads to loss of mobility and quality of life in patients. Dysferlin is a 230 kD protein primarily expressed in skeletal muscle that functions in membrane resealing. Dysferlin loss of function leads to a decrease in the membrane resealing response after injury in skeletal muscle, which is thought to cause degeneration of the musculature over time. Dysferlin cDNA is 7.4 kb and exceeds AAV packaging capacity of ~ 5kb. This thesis focuses on the generation of mini dysferlin mutants that can be packaged in AAV for downstream testing of therapeutic efficacy ...


Levels Of Ycg1 Limit Condensin Function During The Cell Cycle: A Dissertation, Tyler W. Doughty Aug 2016

Levels Of Ycg1 Limit Condensin Function During The Cell Cycle: A Dissertation, Tyler W. Doughty

GSBS Dissertations and Theses

For nearly five decades, the simple eukaryote Saccharomyces cerevisiae has been used as a model for understanding the eukaryotic cell cycle. One vein of this research has focused on understanding how chromosome structure is regulated in relation to the cell cycle. This work characterizes a new mechanism that modulates the chromatin organizing condensin complex, in hopes of furthering the understanding of chromosome structure regulation in eukaryotes.

During mitosis, chromosomes are condensed to facilitate their segregation through a process mediated by the condensin complex. Upon interphase onset, condensation is reversed, allowing for efficient transcription and replication of chromosomes. This work demonstrates ...


Roles Of The Mother Centriole Appendage Protein Cenexin In Microtubule Organization During Cell Migration And Cell Division: A Dissertation, Hui-Fang Hung Aug 2016

Roles Of The Mother Centriole Appendage Protein Cenexin In Microtubule Organization During Cell Migration And Cell Division: A Dissertation, Hui-Fang Hung

GSBS Dissertations and Theses

Epithelial cells are necessary building blocks of the organs they line. Their apicalbasolateral polarity, characterized by an asymmetric distribution of cell components along their apical-basal axis, is a requirement for normal organ function. Although the centrosome, also known as the microtubule organizing center, is important in establishing cell polarity the mechanisms through which it achieves this remain unclear. It has been suggested that the centrosome influences cell polarity through microtubule cytoskeleton organization and endosome trafficking. In the first chapter of this thesis, I summarize the current understanding of the mechanisms regulating cell polarity and review evidence for the role of ...


The Role Of Mdm2 Phosphorylation In P53 Responses To Dna Damage And Tumor Suppression: A Dissertation, Michael I. Carr Jul 2016

The Role Of Mdm2 Phosphorylation In P53 Responses To Dna Damage And Tumor Suppression: A Dissertation, Michael I. Carr

GSBS Dissertations and Theses

The p53 tumor suppressor protein is upregulated in response to DNA damage and other stress signals. The upregulation of p53 involves freeing it from negative regulation imposed by Mdm2 and MdmX (Mdm4). Accumulating evidence indicates that phosphorylation of Mdm proteins by different stress-activated kinases such as ATM or c-Abl significantly impacts p53 functions. We have previously shown that ATM phosphorylation of Mdm2 Ser394 is required for robust p53 stabilization and activation following DNA damage.

This dissertation describes in vivo examination of the mechanism by which Mdm2 Ser394 phosphorylation impacts p53 activities and its contribution to suppression of oncogene and DNA ...


A Role For Tnmd In Adipocyte Differentiation And Adipose Tissue Function: A Dissertation, Ozlem Senol-Cosar Jun 2016

A Role For Tnmd In Adipocyte Differentiation And Adipose Tissue Function: A Dissertation, Ozlem Senol-Cosar

GSBS Dissertations and Theses

Adipose tissue is one of the most dynamic tissues in the body and is vital for metabolic homeostasis. In the case of excess nutrient uptake, adipose tissue expands to store excess energy in the form of lipids, and in the case of reduced nutrient intake, adipose tissue can shrink and release this energy. Adipocytes are most functional when the balance between these two processes is intact. To understand the molecular mechanisms that drive insulin resistance or conversely preserve the metabolically healthy state in obese individuals, our laboratory performed a screen for differentially regulated adipocyte genes in insulin resistant versus insulin ...


The Smurf2-Yy1-C-Myc Axis In The Germinal Center Reaction And Diffuse Large B Cell Lymphoma: A Dissertation, Sally E. Trabucco Jun 2016

The Smurf2-Yy1-C-Myc Axis In The Germinal Center Reaction And Diffuse Large B Cell Lymphoma: A Dissertation, Sally E. Trabucco

GSBS Dissertations and Theses

Diffuse large B cell lymphoma (DLBCL) is the most common non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Patients who fail conventional therapy (~50%) have a poor prognosis and few treatment options. It is essential to understand the underlying biological processes, the progression of the disease, and utilize this information to develop new therapeutics.

DLBCL patients with high C-MYC expression have a poor prognosis and new therapeutics for these patients are needed. This thesis describes work testing the hypothesis that JQ1, which can indirectly inhibit C-MYC in some tumors, can be used as an effective treatment for DLBCL. Some tumors have an unknown mechanism causing ...


Mechanisms Regulating Early Mesendodermal Differentiation Of Human Embryonic Stem Cells: A Dissertation, Jennifer J. Vanoudenhove Jun 2016

Mechanisms Regulating Early Mesendodermal Differentiation Of Human Embryonic Stem Cells: A Dissertation, Jennifer J. Vanoudenhove

GSBS Dissertations and Theses

Key regulatory events take place at very early stages of human embryonic stem cell (hESC) differentiation to accommodate their ability to differentiate into different lineages; this work examines two separate regulatory events.

To investigate precise mechanisms that link alterations in the cell cycle and early differentiation, we examined the initial stages of mesendodermal lineage commitment and observed a cell cycle pause that occurred concurrently with an increase in genes that regulate the G2/M transition, including WEE1. Inhibition of WEE1 prevented the G2 pause. Directed differentiation of hESCs revealed that cells paused during commitment to the endo- and mesodermal, but ...