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Development And Characterization Of An Immunologically Humanized And Cancer Xenograft Model In Pigs With Severe Combined Immunodeficiency (Scid), Adeline Nicole Boettcher Jan 2019

Development And Characterization Of An Immunologically Humanized And Cancer Xenograft Model In Pigs With Severe Combined Immunodeficiency (Scid), Adeline Nicole Boettcher

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Swine with severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID) are an emerging large animal model for biomedical research. There have been several SCID pig models described since our first discovery of naturally occurring SCID with mutations in Artemis (DCLRE1C) in 2012. SCID animals are particularly useful in biomedical research due to their lack of T, B, and sometimes NK cells. Absence of the adaptive immune system allows for human cell and tissue xenotransplantation into these SCID animals. The works described within this thesis are categorized under four main goals: (1) further characterization of the immune system of Art-/- SCID pigs, (2) development of ...


Fatty Acid Amides And Their Biosynthetic Enzymes Found In Insect Model Systems, Ryan L. Anderson Nov 2018

Fatty Acid Amides And Their Biosynthetic Enzymes Found In Insect Model Systems, Ryan L. Anderson

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

A fatty acid amide is precisely as the name suggests: A fatty acid (CHn-COOH), in which the hydroxyl group of the carboxylic acid is displaced by an amine functional group from a biogenic amine (R-NH2), ultimately forming an amide bond. Furthermore, these fatty acid amides can be composed of a variety of different acyl chain lengths donated by the fatty acid and a myriad of different biogenic amines. Thus, these molecules can be subdivided in a number of different ways including the separation of short chain (acetyl to heptanoyl) and long chain (palmitoyl to arachidonoyl) and also based off the ...


Investigating The Roles Of Fucosylation And Calcium Signaling In Melanoma Invasion, Tyler S. Keeley Nov 2018

Investigating The Roles Of Fucosylation And Calcium Signaling In Melanoma Invasion, Tyler S. Keeley

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer. Prognosis for early stage melanoma patients is excellent, and surgery is often curative for these patients. However, once patients have presented with invasive disease, the average 5-year survival rate drops significantly from over 90% to between 10 and 15%. Several therapies have been developed to target a commonly mutated oncogene BRAF, or its downstream effectors. Unfortunately, while these treatments show robust initial response, most patients relapse within a year. Moreover, therapy-resistant tumors are often more invasive and metastatic. Therefore, it is important to investigate the molecular mechanisms underlying melanoma invasion and metastasis ...


The Role Of Phosphohistidine Phosphatase 1 In Ethanol-Induced Liver Injury, Daniel Richard Martin Apr 2018

The Role Of Phosphohistidine Phosphatase 1 In Ethanol-Induced Liver Injury, Daniel Richard Martin

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Chronic liver diseases, which includes alcoholic liver disease (ALD), are consistently among the top 15 leading causes of death in the United States. ALD is characterized by progression from a normal liver to fatty liver disease (hepatic steatosis), which can lead to cirrhosis, alcoholic hepatitis, and liver failure. We have identified a novel role of phosphohistidine signaling, mediated through phosphohistidine phosphatase 1 (PHPT1), in the onset of hepatic steatosis. We have identified PHPT1 as a target of selective oxidation following acute ethanol exposure as well as being downregulated following chronic ethanol exposure. We mapped the oxidative modification site and developed ...


Investigation Of Alcohol-Induced Changes In Hepatic Histone Modifications Using Mass Spectrometry Based Proteomics, Crystina Leah Kriss Apr 2018

Investigation Of Alcohol-Induced Changes In Hepatic Histone Modifications Using Mass Spectrometry Based Proteomics, Crystina Leah Kriss

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Alcohol liver disease (ALD) is a major health concern throughout the world. Currently, in the United States, 17 million people suffer from alcoholism, of which 1.4 million people are receiving treatment [1, 2]. The link between ethanol metabolism, reactive oxygen species (ROS) and liver injury in ALD has been well characterized over the last couple decades [3-10]. Ethanol metabolism relies on the availability of the cofactor NAD+ for the oxidation of ethanol into acetate, consequently causing alterations in redox potential. Redox dysfunction within the mitochondria can affect multiple pathways important in maintaining cellular homeostasis. Chapter 1 provides an introduction ...


Identification Of Regulatory Mirnas Associated With Ethanol-Induced Microglial Activation Using Integrated Proteomic And Transcriptomic Approaches, Brandi Jo Cook Mar 2018

Identification Of Regulatory Mirnas Associated With Ethanol-Induced Microglial Activation Using Integrated Proteomic And Transcriptomic Approaches, Brandi Jo Cook

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Chronic consumption of, and acute intoxication from, alcohol can have profound effects on the functional integrity of the central nervous system (CNS). The resident immunomodulatory cells of the CNS, microglia, provide signaling factors with both pro- and anti-inflammatory effects for protection. Microglial activation ranges through a multiplex of phases, of which have yet to be defined when induced by exposure to alcohol, and how the activation impacts surrounding cells. Exposure of alcohol has been revealed to induce an immune response in microglia, which can exhibit characteristics unique to a pro-inflammatory response depending on dose and time of alcohol exposure. To ...


Novel Role Of Histone Deacetylase 11 (Hdac11) In Regulating Normal And Malignant Hematopoiesis, Jie Chen Jan 2018

Novel Role Of Histone Deacetylase 11 (Hdac11) In Regulating Normal And Malignant Hematopoiesis, Jie Chen

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

During hematopoiesis, multilineage progenitor cells and the precursors are committed to individual hematopoietic lineages. In normal myelopoiesis, the immature myeloid cells (IMCs) differentiate into macrophages, neutrophils or dendritic cells. However, under tumor burden, these IMCs differentiate into myeloid derived suppressor cells (MDSCs) result in an up-regulation of immune suppressive factors and pro-tumor effect. The development of normal or malignant is tightly controlled by endogenous signals such as transcription factors and epigenetic regulations. HDAC11 is the newest identified members of the histone deacetylase (HDAC) family. Previous study in our group had identified HDAC11 as a negative regulator of interleukin 10 (IL-10 ...


Effect Of Increased Ratio Of Butyrate To Physiological Concentrations Of Acetate And Propionate On Intestinal Integrity And Il-8 Secretion In Caco-2 Cells, Nidhi Shah Jan 2018

Effect Of Increased Ratio Of Butyrate To Physiological Concentrations Of Acetate And Propionate On Intestinal Integrity And Il-8 Secretion In Caco-2 Cells, Nidhi Shah

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Background: Inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) are a growing global health problem. Current pharmacological therapies are not effective in all IBD patients, tend to cause side effects and in some cases lose effectiveness when used for a prolonged period of time. Hence, there is a need to develop dietary interventions that are safe and be applicable to all. Chronic inflammation of the gut could be combated by increasing the consumption of dietary fiber which would lead to an increased butyrate production in the colon. Butyrate has been shown to improve intestinal integrity and suppress the secretion of pro-inflammatory cytokine, IL-8 – which ...


Characterization Of A Mucopolysaccharidosis Type I And Galnac Transferase Deficiency Double Knockout Mouse, Karan Gera Jan 2018

Characterization Of A Mucopolysaccharidosis Type I And Galnac Transferase Deficiency Double Knockout Mouse, Karan Gera

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

The mucopolysaccharidoses (MPSs) are a group of lysosomal storage diseases (LSDs) which are characterized by the aberrant primary storage of glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) in lysosomes of multiple organ and tissue systems. The most commonly diagnosed is MPS Type I (MPS I), caused by mutations in the gene which codes for α-L-iduronidase (IDUA). Biochemically, MPS I is characterized by the aberrant primary lysosomal storage of incompletely degraded dermatan and heparan sulfates, along with a secondary accumulation of gangliosides and other compounds in lysosomes. Its clinical manifestation in severe form leads to early death, characterized by progressive central nervous system disease (with behavioral ...


Role Of Heat Shock Transcription Factor 1 In Ovarian Cancer Epithelial-Mesenchymal Transition And Drug Sensitivity, Chase David Powell Nov 2017

Role Of Heat Shock Transcription Factor 1 In Ovarian Cancer Epithelial-Mesenchymal Transition And Drug Sensitivity, Chase David Powell

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

The heat shock response (HSR) is a robust cellular reaction to mitigate protein damage from heat and other challenges to the proteome. This protective molecular program in humans is controlled by heat shock transcription factor 1 (HSF1). Activation of HSF1 leads to the induction of an array of cytoprotective genes, many of which code for chaperones. These chaperones, known as heat shock proteins (HSPs), are responsible for maintaining the functional integrity of the proteome. HSPs achieve this by promoting proper folding and assembly of nascent proteins, refolding denatured proteins, and processing for degradation proteins and aggregates which cannot be returned ...


The Role Of Sgs1 And Exo1 In The Maintenance Of Genome Stability., Lillian Campos-Doerfler Nov 2017

The Role Of Sgs1 And Exo1 In The Maintenance Of Genome Stability., Lillian Campos-Doerfler

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Genome instability is a hallmark of human cancers. Patients with Bloom’s syndrome, a rare chromosome breakage syndrome caused by inactivation of the RecQ helicase BLM, result in phenotypes associated with accelerated aging and develop cancer at a very young age. Patients with Bloom’s syndrome exhibit hyper-recombination, but the role of BLM and increased genomic instability is not fully characterized. Sgs1, the only member of the RecQ family of DNA helicases in Saccharomyces cerevisiae, is known to act both in early and late stages of homology-dependent repair of DNA damage. Exo1, a 5′–3′ exonuclease, first discovered to play ...


Regulation Of Extracellular Signal-Regulated Kinase By Histone Deacetylase 6, Jheng-Yu Wu Jul 2017

Regulation Of Extracellular Signal-Regulated Kinase By Histone Deacetylase 6, Jheng-Yu Wu

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Extracellular signal-regulated kinases 1/2 (ERK1/2) are important kinases regulating cell proliferation and cell migration, and have been established as therapeutic targets for cancer treatment. Previously, we found that ERK1 phosphorylates histone deacetylase 6 (HDAC6) to regulate its enzymatic activity. However, whether HDAC6 reciprocally modulates ERK1 activity is unknown. Here, we have discovered that ERK1/2 are acetylated proteins and shown that HDAC6 manipulates ERK1’s kinase activity via deacetylation. We demonstrated that both ERK1 and ERK2 interact with HDAC6 physically. We showed that the acetylation level of GST-ERK1/2 increased in a dose- and time-dependent manner upon treatment ...


The Role Of Elevated Hyaluronan-Mediated Motility Receptor (Rhamm/Hmmr) In Ovarian Cancer, Stephanie T. Buttermore Jul 2017

The Role Of Elevated Hyaluronan-Mediated Motility Receptor (Rhamm/Hmmr) In Ovarian Cancer, Stephanie T. Buttermore

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Ovarian cancer (OC) has the highest mortality among gynecological cancers. The high mortality is associated with the lack of an accurate screening tool to detect disease in early stage. As a result the majority of OCs are diagnosed in late stage. Further, the molecular events responsible for malignant transformation in the ovary remain poorly understood. Consequently, delineating key molecular players driving OC could help elucidate potential diagnostic, prognostic and therapeutic targets.

Receptor for hyaluronan-mediated motility (RHAMM) belongs to a group of hyaladherins, which share a common ability to bind to hyaluronan (HA). Intracellularly, RHAMM is involved in microtubule spindle assembly ...


Functional Roles Of Matrix Metalloproteinases In Bone Metastatic Prostate Cancer, Jeremy S. Frieling May 2017

Functional Roles Of Matrix Metalloproteinases In Bone Metastatic Prostate Cancer, Jeremy S. Frieling

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Skeletal metastasis is a lethal component of many advanced cancers including prostate, the second most common cancer among men. Patients whose prostate cancer is localized and detected early benefit from multiple treatment options ranging from active surveillance to radiation and surgery, resulting in a 5-year survival rate of nearly 100%. Unfortunately, the prognosis and survival for patients with advanced metastatic disease is much worse due to the highly aggressive nature of the disease and a paucity of treatment options. Understanding the mechanisms and interactions that occur between metastatic cancer cells and the bone will enable the future treatment landscape for ...


Uncovering Transcriptional Activators And Targets Of Hsf-1 In Caenorhabditis Elegans, Jessica Brunquell Apr 2017

Uncovering Transcriptional Activators And Targets Of Hsf-1 In Caenorhabditis Elegans, Jessica Brunquell

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

In order to survive, cells must be able to cope with a variety of environmental stressors. The heat shock response (HSR) is a pro-survival mechanism employed by cells in response to protein denaturing stress, such as heat. Since its discovery in 1960, the heat shock response has been found to be regulated by the transcription factor heat shock factor 1 (HSF1). During periods of increased stress, HSF1 undergoes a multi-step process of activation that involves homotrimerization, DNA-binding, and post-translational regulatory modifications, all of which ultimately function to control the transcription of chaperone genes. These chaperone genes encode molecular chaperone proteins ...


Mass-Spectrometry Based Proteomics Of Age-Related Changes In Murine Microglia, Antwoine Flowers Mar 2017

Mass-Spectrometry Based Proteomics Of Age-Related Changes In Murine Microglia, Antwoine Flowers

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

The last century has seen a steady increase in the extension of the average lifespan. This has concomitantly produced higher incidences of age-related chronic degenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases. Age is the single greatest risk factor for the development of not just these degenerative conditions but cancer as well. The aged niche undergoes a number of maladaptive changes that allow underlying conditions to present and progress. Exactly which changes, contribute to the progression of which disease is currently an area of intense study. However, these answers often present therapeutic targets for disease prevention. Age is characterized ...


Mechanisms Of Ikbke Activation In Cancer, Sridevi Challa Jan 2017

Mechanisms Of Ikbke Activation In Cancer, Sridevi Challa

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the USA and it is expected to surpass heart diseases making it important to understand the underlying mechanisms of cancer. The efforts to target single signaling molecule showed little success in increasing the patient survival and it can be due to increased compensation for cell survival by alternative pathway activations. Hence comprehensive understanding of the alternative signaling pathways may help us treat cancer better. Chronic inflammation is attributed to increased risk of cancer and emerging studies show the growing importance of both canonical and non-canonical IκB kinases such as IKKα, IKKβ ...


The Asymmetric Cell Division Machinery In Early Annelid Embryogenesis: Maternal And Embryonic Contributions, Aron Nakama Jan 2017

The Asymmetric Cell Division Machinery In Early Annelid Embryogenesis: Maternal And Embryonic Contributions, Aron Nakama

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Background

About one third of all animal phyla utilize a mode of early embryogenesis called ‘spiral cleavage’ to divide the fertilized egg into embryonic cells with different cell fates. This mode is characterized by a series of invariant, stereotypic, asymmetric cell divisions (ACDs) that generates cells of different size and defined position within the early embryo. The spiral arrangement of cells must depend on highly choreographed molecular mechanisms by recognizing polarity cues, orienting mitotic spindles, and generating cell size asymmetries between sister cells with astonishing precision and predictability. Although conserved molecular mechanisms for ACD have been unraveled in several genetic ...


Interaction Between Regulation Of Autophagy, Stress Responses And Growth In Arabidopsis Thaliana, Yunting Pu Jan 2017

Interaction Between Regulation Of Autophagy, Stress Responses And Growth In Arabidopsis Thaliana, Yunting Pu

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Plants have evolved sophisticated mechanisms to balance between growth and stress tolerance upon changing environmental conditions. Autophagy is a critical process for recycling of cytoplasmic materials during nutrient remodeling and stress responses. Upon activation, the materials to be degraded are engulfed by a double-membrane vesicle called an autophagosome, which delivers the cargo to the vacuole for degradation and recycling. Studies in plants have revealed genes that are involved in the core machinery of autophagosome formation and delivery, and key regulators of autophagy. However, the upstream regulators of autophagy and the functions of autophagy in balancing growth and stress tolerance remain ...


Two Components Of Maintaining Developmental Competence: Microrna-21 In The Maturing Oocyte And Autophagy Induction In The Follicular Stage Ovary, Benjamin J. Hale Jan 2017

Two Components Of Maintaining Developmental Competence: Microrna-21 In The Maturing Oocyte And Autophagy Induction In The Follicular Stage Ovary, Benjamin J. Hale

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

This dissertation describes two processes that the oocyte and ovary potentially utilize to maintain reproductive competence: autophagy in response to heat stress and microRNA-21 function during meiotic maturation. Heat stress (HS) occurs when heat accumulation (from internal and external sources) exceeds heat dissipation. HS is associated with seasonal infertility and therefore is a production issue and profitability constraint in the swine industry. Autophagy is the process by which somatic cells recycle cellular components and it is activated by a variety of stressors. Therefore, characterizing autophagy in the ovary and oocyte is valuable because of the potential of autophagy to mitigate ...


The Transdifferentiation Of Brain Derived Neurotrophic Factor Secreting Mesenchymal Stem Cells For Neuroprotection, Metzere Bierlein De La Rosa Jan 2017

The Transdifferentiation Of Brain Derived Neurotrophic Factor Secreting Mesenchymal Stem Cells For Neuroprotection, Metzere Bierlein De La Rosa

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

The ultimate purpose of this project was to create a modified stem cell line which could enhance nerve regeneration following peripheral nerve trauma. Specifically, this work was focused upon answering two questions. First, could we chemically transdifferentiate genetically modified mesenchymal stem cells to resemble a Schwann cell-like state? A protocol for the chemical transdifferentiation of MSCs was validated and well tested in the Sakaguchi lab, but no one had ever attempted to chemically transdifferentiate BDNF hyper-secreting MSCs. Second, if we succeeded in creating BDNF hyper-secreting transdifferentiated MSCs (BDNF tMSCs), would levels of BDNF secretion be affected, and, more importantly, would ...


Vdr-Ripk1 Interaction And Its Implications In Cell Death And Cancer Intervention, Waise Quarni Nov 2016

Vdr-Ripk1 Interaction And Its Implications In Cell Death And Cancer Intervention, Waise Quarni

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Receptor interacting protein kinase 1 (RIPK1) is an enzyme acting downstream of tumor necrosis factor alpha to control cell survival and death. RIPK1 expression has been reported to cause drug resistance in cancer cells; but so far, no published studies have investigated the role of RIPK1 in vitamin D action. In the present study, we investigated whether RIPK1 played any role in 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3 (1,25D3)-induced growth suppression. In our studies, RIPK1 decreased the transcriptional activity of vitamin D receptor (VDR) in luciferase reporter assays independently of its kinase activity, suggesting a negative role of RIPK1 in 1 ...


Regulation Of Nachrs And Stemness By Nicotine And E-Cigarettes In Nsclc, Courtney Schaal Aug 2016

Regulation Of Nachrs And Stemness By Nicotine And E-Cigarettes In Nsclc, Courtney Schaal

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related death in both men and women, nationally and internationally and kills more people each year than breast, prostate, and colon cancers combined. Non-small cell lung carcinoma (NSCLC) is the most common histological subtype of lung cancer, and accounts for 85% of all cases. Cigarette smoking is the single greatest risk factor for lung cancer, and is correlated with 80-90% of all lung cancer deaths. Nicotine, the addictive component of tobacco smoke, is not a carcinogen and cannot initiate tumors itself; however, it is known to act as a tumor promoter, by enhancing ...


Respiratory Syncytial Virus-Infected Mesenchymal Stem Cells Regulate Immunity Via Interferon-Beta And Indoleamine-2,3-Dioxygenase, Michael B. Cheung Jun 2016

Respiratory Syncytial Virus-Infected Mesenchymal Stem Cells Regulate Immunity Via Interferon-Beta And Indoleamine-2,3-Dioxygenase, Michael B. Cheung

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is the most common cause of acute lower respiratory tract infection in young children worldwide, accounting for an estimated 33.8 million cases of respiratory disease, over 3 million of which require hospitalization, and between 66,000 and 199,000 deaths in this susceptible population. Additionally, severe RSV infection early in life is associated with an increased risk of wheeze and other airway disorders later in life. Despite this, there is currently no vaccine or economically reasonable prophylactic regimen to prevent infection. While disease is typically more severe in infancy RSV can infect throughout the lifespan ...


Cell Cycle Arrest By Tgfß1 Is Dependent On The Inhibition Of Cmg Helicase Assembly And Activation, Brook Samuel Nepon-Sixt Jun 2016

Cell Cycle Arrest By Tgfß1 Is Dependent On The Inhibition Of Cmg Helicase Assembly And Activation, Brook Samuel Nepon-Sixt

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Tumorigenesis is a multifaceted set of events consisting of the deregulation of several cell-autonomous and tissue microenvironmental processes that ultimately leads to the acquisition of malignant disease. Transforming growth factor beta (TGFß) and its family members are regulatory cytokines that function to ensure proper organismal development and the maintenance of homeostasis by controlling cellular differentiation, proliferation, adhesion, and survival, as well as by modulating components of the cellular microenvironment and immune system. The pleiotropic control by TGFß of these cell intrinsic and extrinsic factors is intimately linked to the prevention of tumor formation, the specifics of which are dependent on ...


Cmg Helicase Assembly And Activation: Regulation By C-Myc Through Chromatin Decondensation And Novel Therapeutic Avenues For Cancer Treatment, Victoria Bryant Jun 2016

Cmg Helicase Assembly And Activation: Regulation By C-Myc Through Chromatin Decondensation And Novel Therapeutic Avenues For Cancer Treatment, Victoria Bryant

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

The CMG (Cdc45, MCM, GINS) helicase is required for cellular proliferation and functions to unwind double-stranded DNA to allow the replication machinery to duplicate the genome. Cancer cells mismanage helicase activation through a variety of mechanisms, leading to the potential for the development of novel anti-cancer treatments. Mammalian cells load an excess of MCM complexes that act as reserves for new replication origins to be created when replication forks stall due to stress conditions, such as drug treatment. Targeting the helicase through inhibition of the MCM complex has sensitized cancer cells to drugs that inhibit DNA replication, such as aphidicolin ...


Nonreplicative Dna Helicases Involved In Maintaining Genome Stability, Salahuddin Syed Apr 2016

Nonreplicative Dna Helicases Involved In Maintaining Genome Stability, Salahuddin Syed

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Double-strand breaks and stalled forks arise when the replication machinery encounters damage from exogenous sources like DNA damaging agents or ionizing radiation, and require specific DNA helicases to resolve these structures. Sgs1 of Saccharomyces cerevisiae is a member of the RecQ family of DNA helicases and has a role in DNA repair and recombination. The RecQ family includes human genes BLM, WRN, RECQL4, RECQL1, and RECQL5. Mutations in BLM, WRN, and RECQL4 result in genetic disorders characterized by developmental abnormalities and a predisposition to cancer. All RecQ helicases have common features including a helicase domain, an RQC domain, and a ...


Tno1 & Vps45: Snare-Associated Proteins Required For Plant Growth, Rahul Roy Jan 2016

Tno1 & Vps45: Snare-Associated Proteins Required For Plant Growth, Rahul Roy

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Cellular trafficking of cargo vesicles at the trans-Golgi network (TGN) is required for multiple processes such as cell expansion, stress responses and hormonal transport in plants. Activity of membrane proteins known as SNAREs drives membrane fusion events. Associated proteins such as tethering factors and Sec1/Munc18 proteins aid the fidelity and efficiency of these fusion events by interacting with SNAREs. The TGN-localized SYP41/SYP61/VTI12 SNARE complex is required for vacuolar and secretory cargo trafficking.

TNO1, a putative tethering factor, associates with SYP41 and is required for TGN membrane fusion dynamics and proper SYP61 localization. My dissertation research discovered a ...


Prokineticin-2: A Novel Anti-Apoptotic And Anti-Inflammatory Signaling Protein In Parkinson’S Disease, Matthew Neal Jan 2016

Prokineticin-2: A Novel Anti-Apoptotic And Anti-Inflammatory Signaling Protein In Parkinson’S Disease, Matthew Neal

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

The mechanisms behind the development and progression of Parkinson’s disease (PD) are still not fully understood. Several pathophysiological mechanisms have been implicated in the progression of the disease including oxidative stress, mitochondrial dysfunction, excitotoxicity, protein aggregation, and neuroinflammation. Since current therapeutic options for PD treat only the symptoms without influencing disease progression, recent translational studies have focused on identifying factors that protect against putative pathophysiological mechanisms of PD. We show herein, that the chemokine-like signaling protein, Prokineticin-2 (PK2), is expressed and secreted at higher levels in dopaminergic neurons during the acute phase of inflammatory or neurotoxic stress. Furthermore, we ...


Analysis Of The Induction Of Autophagy During Er Stress And The Vesicle Fusion Machinery At The Trans-Golgi Network In Arabidopsis Thaliana, Xiaochen Yang Jan 2016

Analysis Of The Induction Of Autophagy During Er Stress And The Vesicle Fusion Machinery At The Trans-Golgi Network In Arabidopsis Thaliana, Xiaochen Yang

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

The vacuole in plant cells occupies more than 80% of the cellular volume and is involved in development, detoxification, and degradation of proteins. In this dissertation, I focused on the two vesicle trafficking pathways, autophagy and vacuolar trafficking, which deliver cellular components to the vacuole.

Autophagy is an evolutionarily conserved mechanism in eukaryotic cells for degradation and recycling of cytoplasmic materials and damaged cell components during development or upon encountering stress conditions. Previous studies showed that autophagy is activated by endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress and delivers ER fragments to the vacuole. ER stress is defined as accumulation of unfolded or ...