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Cell Clustering Mediated By The Adhesion Protein Pvrl4 Is Necessary For Alpha6beta4 Integrin-Promoted Ferroptosis Resistance In Matrix-Detached Cells, Caitlin W. Brown, John J. Amante, Arthur M. Mercurio Jun 2018

Cell Clustering Mediated By The Adhesion Protein Pvrl4 Is Necessary For Alpha6beta4 Integrin-Promoted Ferroptosis Resistance In Matrix-Detached Cells, Caitlin W. Brown, John J. Amante, Arthur M. Mercurio

University of Massachusetts Medical School Faculty Publications

Ferroptosis is an iron-dependent form of programmed cell death characterized by the accumulation of lipid-targeting reactive oxygen species that kill cells by damaging their plasma membrane. The lipid-repair enzyme glutathione peroxidase 4 (GPX4) protects against this oxidative damage and enables cells to resist ferroptosis. Recent work has revealed that matrix-detached carcinoma cells can be susceptible to ferroptosis and that they can evade this fate through the signaling properties of the alpha6beta4 integrin, which sustains GPX4 expression. Although these findings on ferroptosis are provocative, they differ from those in previous studies indicating that matrix-detached cells are prone to apoptosis, via a ...


Heavily And Fully Modified Rnas Guide Efficient Spycas9-Mediated Genome Editing, Aamir Mir, Julia F. Alterman, Matthew R. Hassler, Alexandre J. Debacker, Edward Hudgens, Dimas Echeverria, Michael H. Brodsky, Anastasia Khvorova, Jonathan K. Watts, Erik J. Sontheimer Mar 2018

Heavily And Fully Modified Rnas Guide Efficient Spycas9-Mediated Genome Editing, Aamir Mir, Julia F. Alterman, Matthew R. Hassler, Alexandre J. Debacker, Edward Hudgens, Dimas Echeverria, Michael H. Brodsky, Anastasia Khvorova, Jonathan K. Watts, Erik J. Sontheimer

University of Massachusetts Medical School Faculty Publications

RNA-based drugs depend on chemical modifications to increase potency and nuclease stability, and to decrease immunogenicity in vivo. Chemical modification will likely improve the guide RNAs involved in CRISPR-Cas9-based therapeutics as well. Cas9 orthologs are RNA-guided microbial effectors that cleave DNA. No studies have yet explored chemical modification at all positions of the crRNA guide and tracrRNA cofactor. Here, we have identified several heavily-modified versions of crRNA and tracrRNA that are more potent than their unmodified counterparts. In addition, we describe fully chemically modified crRNAs and tracrRNAs (containing no 2'-OH groups) that are functional in human cells. These designs ...


An Alternative Splicing Program Promotes Adipose Tissue Thermogenesis, Santiago Vernia, Yvonne J. K. Edwards, Myoung Souk Han, Julie Cavanagh-Kyros, Tamera Barrett, Jason K. Kim, Roger J. Davis Sep 2016

An Alternative Splicing Program Promotes Adipose Tissue Thermogenesis, Santiago Vernia, Yvonne J. K. Edwards, Myoung Souk Han, Julie Cavanagh-Kyros, Tamera Barrett, Jason K. Kim, Roger J. Davis

University of Massachusetts Medical School Faculty Publications

Alternative pre-mRNA splicing expands the complexity of the transcriptome and controls isoform-specific gene expression. Whether alternative splicing contributes to metabolic regulation is largely unknown. Here we investigated the contribution of alternative splicing to the development of diet-induced obesity. We found that obesity-induced changes in adipocyte gene expression include alternative pre-mRNA splicing. Bioinformatics analysis associated part of this alternative splicing program with sequence specific NOVA splicing factors. This conclusion was confirmed by studies of mice with NOVA deficiency in adipocytes. Phenotypic analysis of the NOVA-deficient mice demonstrated increased adipose tissue thermogenesis and improved glycemia. We show that NOVA proteins mediate a ...


Probability-Based Particle Detection That Enables Threshold-Free And Robust In Vivo Single-Molecule Tracking, Carlas Smith, Sjoerd Stallinga, Keith A. Lidke, Bernd Rieger, David Grunwald Nov 2015

Probability-Based Particle Detection That Enables Threshold-Free And Robust In Vivo Single-Molecule Tracking, Carlas Smith, Sjoerd Stallinga, Keith A. Lidke, Bernd Rieger, David Grunwald

University of Massachusetts Medical School Faculty Publications

Single-molecule detection in fluorescence nanoscopy has become a powerful tool in cell biology but can present vexing issues in image analysis, such as limited signal, unspecific background, empirically set thresholds, image filtering, and false-positive detection limiting overall detection efficiency. Here we present a framework in which expert knowledge and parameter tweaking are replaced with a probability-based hypothesis test. Our method delivers robust and threshold-free signal detection with a defined error estimate and improved detection of weaker signals. The probability value has consequences for downstream data analysis, such as weighing a series of detections and corresponding probabilities, Bayesian propagation of probability ...