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Dynamics Of Erythropoietic Survival Pathways In Vivo: A Dissertation, Miroslav Koulnis Jul 2011

Dynamics Of Erythropoietic Survival Pathways In Vivo: A Dissertation, Miroslav Koulnis

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Erythropoiesis maintains stable tissue oxygenation in the basal state, while accelerating red cell production in anemia, blood loss or high altitude. The principal regulator of erythropoiesis is the hormone erythropoietin (Epo). In response to hypoxic stress, Epo can increase a 1000-fold, driving erythropoietic rate by up to 10-fold. It’s been suggested that survival pathways activated by the Epo receptor (EpoR) underlie its regulation of erythropoietic rate. A number of apparently redundant EpoR survival pathways were identified in vitro, raising the possibility of their functional specialization in vivo.

Here I assessed the roles of three survival pathways activated by EpoR ...


Role Of Endoplasmic Reticulum Stress Response Signaling In T Cells: A Dissertation, Steven C. Pino Jul 2008

Role Of Endoplasmic Reticulum Stress Response Signaling In T Cells: A Dissertation, Steven C. Pino

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T cells play a central role in cellular-mediated immunity and must become activated to participate as effector cells in the immune response. The activation process is highly intricate and involves stimulation of a number of downstream signaling pathways enabling T cells to proliferate and produce cytokines that are vital for proper effector function. This increase in protein production and protein folding activity adds to the normal physiological strain on cellular machinery. One cellular compartment that has generated a mechanism to mitigate the stress induced by increased protein production is the endoplasmic reticulum (ER).

In general, an increase in cellular production ...


Stress Activated Protein Kinase Regulation Of Gene Expression In Apoptotic Neurons: A Dissertation, Gerard S. De Zutter Jul 2001

Stress Activated Protein Kinase Regulation Of Gene Expression In Apoptotic Neurons: A Dissertation, Gerard S. De Zutter

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Basic biological processes require gene expression. Tightly regulated molecules known as transcription factors mediate the expression of genes in development and disease. Signal transduction pathways, which respond to environmental cues or stressors are major regulators of the transcription factors. Use of macromolecular synthesis inhibitors in models of normal neurodevelopment and neurodegenerative cell death has led to the discovery that gene expression is required for these processes to occur (Martin et. al.,(1988), J Cell Biol 106p829). To date, however, the identities of very few of the genes required in these events have been revealed. Hence, the activation or ...