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Activation Of The Apoptotic Pathway During Prolonged Prometaphase Blocks Daughter Cell Proliferation, Yumi Uetake, Greenfield Sluder 2018 University of Massachusetts Medical School

Activation Of The Apoptotic Pathway During Prolonged Prometaphase Blocks Daughter Cell Proliferation, Yumi Uetake, Greenfield Sluder

Radiology Publications and Presentations

When untransformed human cells spend >1.5 hr. in prometaphase under standard culture conditions, all daughters arrest in G1 despite normal division of their mothers. We investigate what happens during prolonged prometaphase that leads to daughter cell arrest in the absence of DNA damage. We find that progressive loss of anti-apoptotic MCL-1 activity and oxidative stress act in concert to partially activate the apoptosis pathway resulting in the delayed death of some daughters and senescence for the rest. At physiological oxygen levels, longer prometaphase durations are needed for all daughters to arrest. Partial activation of apoptosis during prolonged prometaphase leads ...


Cell Specific Control Of The Pallidostriatal Pathway, Shubha Verma '19 2018 Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

Cell Specific Control Of The Pallidostriatal Pathway, Shubha Verma '19

Student Publications & Research

Parkinson’s Disease is a neurodegenerative disorder of the basal ganglia. The main cause for Parkinson’s Disease is the depletion of dopamine, a neurotransmitter. The basal ganglia contains four major nuclei: the substantia nigra, the subthalamic nucleus, the external globus pallidus, and the striatum. These nuclei communicate with each other by the use of neurons.


Fxr And Tgr5 Agonists Ameliorate Liver Injury, Steatosis, And Inflammation After Binge Or Prolonged Alcohol Feeding In Mice, Arvin Iracheta-Vellve, Charles D. Calenda, Jan Petrasek, Aditya Ambade, Karen Kodys, Luciano Adorini, Gyongyi Szabo 2018 University of Massachusetts Medical School

Fxr And Tgr5 Agonists Ameliorate Liver Injury, Steatosis, And Inflammation After Binge Or Prolonged Alcohol Feeding In Mice, Arvin Iracheta-Vellve, Charles D. Calenda, Jan Petrasek, Aditya Ambade, Karen Kodys, Luciano Adorini, Gyongyi Szabo

Open Access Articles

Bile acids (BAs) activate various dedicated receptors, including the farnesoid X receptor (FXR) and the Takeda G protein-coupled receptor 5 (TGR5). The FXR agonist obeticholic acid (OCA) is licensed for the treatment of primary biliary cholangitis and has shown promising results in NASH patients, whereas TGR5 agonists target inflammation and metabolism. We hypothesized that FXR and/or TGR5 agonists may be therapeutic in early alcoholic liver disease (ALD) in mice, in which hepatic inflammation plays a major role. OCA, INT-777, and INT-767 are BA derivatives with selective agonist properties for FXR, TGR5, or both, respectively. These compounds were tested in ...


Tip55, A Splice Isoform Of The Kat5 Acetyltransferase, Is Essential For Developmental Gene Regulation And Organogenesis, Diwash Acharya, Bernadette Nera, Zachary J. Milstone, Lauren Bourke, Yeonsoo Yoon, Jaime A. Rivera-Pérez, Chinmay M. Trivedi, Thomas G. Fazzio 2018 University of Massachusetts Medical School

Tip55, A Splice Isoform Of The Kat5 Acetyltransferase, Is Essential For Developmental Gene Regulation And Organogenesis, Diwash Acharya, Bernadette Nera, Zachary J. Milstone, Lauren Bourke, Yeonsoo Yoon, Jaime A. Rivera-Pérez, Chinmay M. Trivedi, Thomas G. Fazzio

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Regulation of chromatin structure is critical for cell type-specific gene expression. Many chromatin regulatory complexes exist in several different forms, due to alternative splicing and differential incorporation of accessory subunits. However, in vivo studies often utilize mutations that eliminate multiple forms of complexes, preventing assessment of the specific roles of each. Here we examined the developmental roles of the TIP55 isoform of the KAT5 histone acetyltransferase. In contrast to the pre-implantation lethal phenotype of mice lacking all four Kat5 transcripts, mice specifically deficient for Tip55 die around embryonic day 11.5 (E11.5). Prior to developmental arrest, defects in heart ...


Extracellular Vesicles In Oral Squamous Carcinoma Carry Oncogenic Mirna Profile And Reprogram Monocytes Via Nf-Kappab Pathway, Fatemeh Momen-Heravi, Shashi Bala 2018 Columbia University

Extracellular Vesicles In Oral Squamous Carcinoma Carry Oncogenic Mirna Profile And Reprogram Monocytes Via Nf-Kappab Pathway, Fatemeh Momen-Heravi, Shashi Bala

Open Access Articles

Extracellular vesicles (EVs) are carriers of different biomacromolecules that participate in cellular signaling and disease pathogenesis. Although it has been shown that EVs can play an active role in cellular communication and different stages of cancer progression, the role of EVs in oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC) cancer pathogenesis, especially in the crosstalk of cancer cells with immune cells is unknown. Here, we present a detailed analysis of findings regarding the profile of EVs in OSCC and the role of EVs and associated miRNAs in the crosstalk of malignant cells with monocytes. We demonstrate that EVs are detectable in significantly ...


Angiomotins Stimulate Lats Kinase Autophosphorylation And Act As Scaffolds That Promote Hippo Signaling, Sebastian Mana-Capelli, Dannel McCollum 2018 University of Massachusetts Medical School

Angiomotins Stimulate Lats Kinase Autophosphorylation And Act As Scaffolds That Promote Hippo Signaling, Sebastian Mana-Capelli, Dannel Mccollum

Open Access Articles

The Hippo pathway controls cell proliferation, differentiation, and survival by regulating the YAP transcriptional coactivator in response to various stimuli, including the mechanical environment. The major YAP regulators are the LATS1/2 kinases, which phosphorylate and inhibit YAP. LATS1/2 are activated by phosphorylation on a hydrophobic motif (HM) outside the kinase domain by MST1/2 and other kinases. Phosphorylation of the HM motif then triggers autophosphorylation of the kinase in the activation loop (AL) to fully activate the kinase, a process facilitated by MOB1. The angiomotin family of proteins (AMOT, AMOTL1, and AMOTL2) bind LATS1/2 and promote its ...


Modulation Of Cav1.3b L-Type Calcium Channels By M1 Muscarinic Receptors Varies With Cavbeta Subunit Expression, Mandy L. Roberts-Crowley, Ann R. Rittenhouse 2018 University of Massachusetts Medical School

Modulation Of Cav1.3b L-Type Calcium Channels By M1 Muscarinic Receptors Varies With Cavbeta Subunit Expression, Mandy L. Roberts-Crowley, Ann R. Rittenhouse

Open Access Articles

OBJECTIVES: We examined whether two G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs), muscarinic M1 receptors (M1Rs) and dopaminergic D2 receptors (D2Rs), utilize endogenously released fatty acid to inhibit L-type Ca(2+) channels, CaV1.3. HEK-293 cells, stably transfected with M1Rs, were used to transiently transfect D2Rs and CaV1.3b with different CaVbeta-subunits, allowing for whole-cell current measurement from a pure channel population.

RESULTS: M1R activation with Oxotremorine-M inhibited currents from CaV1.3b coexpressed with alpha2delta-1 and a beta1b, beta2a, beta3, or beta4-subunit. Surprisingly, the magnitude of inhibition was less with beta2a than with other CaVbeta-subunits. Normalizing currents revealed kinetic changes after modulation with ...


Co-Dependent Assembly Of Drosophila Pirna Precursor Complexes And Pirna Cluster Heterochromatin, Gen Zhang, Shikui Tu, Tianxiong Yu, Xiao-Ou Zhang, Swapnil S. Parhad, Zhiping Weng, William E. Theurkauf 2018 University of Massachusetts Medical School

Co-Dependent Assembly Of Drosophila Pirna Precursor Complexes And Pirna Cluster Heterochromatin, Gen Zhang, Shikui Tu, Tianxiong Yu, Xiao-Ou Zhang, Swapnil S. Parhad, Zhiping Weng, William E. Theurkauf

Open Access Articles

In Drosophila, the piRNAs that guide germline transposon silencing are produced from heterochromatic clusters marked by the HP1 homolog Rhino. We show that Rhino promotes cluster transcript association with UAP56 and the THO complex, forming RNA-protein assemblies that are unique to piRNA precursors. UAP56 and THO are ubiquitous RNA-processing factors, and null alleles of uap56 and the THO subunit gene tho2 are lethal. However, uap56(sz15) and mutations in the THO subunit genes thoc5 and thoc7 are viable but sterile and disrupt piRNA biogenesis. The uap56(sz15) allele reduces UAP56 binding to THO, and the thoc5 and thoc7 mutations disrupt ...


Sumo-Targeted Ubiquitin Ligases (Stubls) Reduce The Toxicity And Abnormal Transcriptional Activity Associated With A Mutant, Aggregation-Prone Fragment Of Huntingtin, Kentaro Ohkuni, Nagesh Pasupala, Jennifer Peek, Grace Lauren Holloway, Gloria D. Sclar, Reuben Levy-Myers, Richard E. Baker, Munira A. Basrai, Oliver Kerscher 2018 National Institutes of Health

Sumo-Targeted Ubiquitin Ligases (Stubls) Reduce The Toxicity And Abnormal Transcriptional Activity Associated With A Mutant, Aggregation-Prone Fragment Of Huntingtin, Kentaro Ohkuni, Nagesh Pasupala, Jennifer Peek, Grace Lauren Holloway, Gloria D. Sclar, Reuben Levy-Myers, Richard E. Baker, Munira A. Basrai, Oliver Kerscher

Open Access Articles

Cell viability and gene expression profiles are altered in cellular models of neurodegenerative disorders such as Huntington's Disease (HD). Using the yeast model system, we show that the SUMO-targeted ubiquitin ligase (STUbL) Slx5 reduces the toxicity and abnormal transcriptional activity associated with a mutant, aggregation-prone fragment of huntingtin (Htt), the causative agent of HD. We demonstrate that expression of an aggregation-prone Htt construct with 103 glutamine residues (103Q), but not the non-expanded form (25Q), results in severe growth defects in slx5Delta and slx8Delta cells. Since Slx5 is a nuclear protein and because Htt expression affects gene transcription, we assessed ...


Opposing Roles Of Fancj And Hltf Protect Forks And Restrain Replication During Stress, Min Peng, Ke Cong, Nicholas J. Panzarino, Sumeet Nayak, Jennifer Calvo, Bin Deng, Lihua Julie Zhu, Monika Morocz, Lili Hegedus, Lajos Haracska, Sharon B. Cantor 2018 University of Massachusetts Medical School

Opposing Roles Of Fancj And Hltf Protect Forks And Restrain Replication During Stress, Min Peng, Ke Cong, Nicholas J. Panzarino, Sumeet Nayak, Jennifer Calvo, Bin Deng, Lihua Julie Zhu, Monika Morocz, Lili Hegedus, Lajos Haracska, Sharon B. Cantor

Open Access Articles

The DNA helicase FANCJ is mutated in hereditary breast and ovarian cancer and Fanconi anemia (FA). Nevertheless, how loss of FANCJ translates to disease pathogenesis remains unclear. We addressed this question by analyzing proteins associated with replication forks in cells with or without FANCJ. We demonstrate that FANCJ-knockout (FANCJ-KO) cells have alterations in the replisome that are consistent with enhanced replication stress, including an aberrant accumulation of the fork remodeling factor helicase-like transcription factor (HLTF). Correspondingly, HLTF contributes to fork degradation in FANCJ-KO cells. Unexpectedly, the unrestrained DNA synthesis that characterizes HLTF-deficient cells is FANCJ dependent and correlates with S1 ...


The Canady Helios Cold Plasma Scalpel Significantly Decreases Viability In Malignant Solid Tumor Cells In A Dose-Dependent Manner, Warren Rowe, Xiaoqian Cheng, Lawan Ly, Taisen Zhuang, Giacomo Basadonna, Barry Trink, Michael Keidar, Jerome Canady 2018 Jerome Canady Research Institute for Advanced Biological and Technological Sciences

The Canady Helios Cold Plasma Scalpel Significantly Decreases Viability In Malignant Solid Tumor Cells In A Dose-Dependent Manner, Warren Rowe, Xiaoqian Cheng, Lawan Ly, Taisen Zhuang, Giacomo Basadonna, Barry Trink, Michael Keidar, Jerome Canady

Open Access Articles

To determine appropriate treatment doses of cold atmospheric plasma (CAP), the Canady Helios Cold Plasma Scalpel was tested across numerous cancer cell types including renal adenocarcinoma, colorectal carcinoma, pancreatic adenocarcinoma, ovarian adenocarcinoma, and esophageal adenocarcinoma. Various CAP doses were tested consisting of both high (3 L/min) and low (1 L/min) helium flow rates, several power settings, and a range of treatment times up to 5 min. The impact of cold plasma on the reduction of viability was consistently dose-dependent; however, the anti-cancer capability varied significantly between cell lines. While the lowest effective dose varied from cell line to ...


Nuclear Localization Of Huntingtin Mrna Is Specific To Cells Of Neuronal Origin, Marie C. Didiot, Chantal M. Ferguson, Socheata Ly, Andrew H. Coles, Abigail O. Smith, Alicia A. Bicknell, Lauren M. Hall, Ellen Sapp, Dimas Echeverria, Athma A. Pai, Marian DiFiglia, Melissa J. Moore, Lawrence J. Hayward, Neil Aronin, Anastasia Khvorova 2018 University of Massachusetts Medical School

Nuclear Localization Of Huntingtin Mrna Is Specific To Cells Of Neuronal Origin, Marie C. Didiot, Chantal M. Ferguson, Socheata Ly, Andrew H. Coles, Abigail O. Smith, Alicia A. Bicknell, Lauren M. Hall, Ellen Sapp, Dimas Echeverria, Athma A. Pai, Marian Difiglia, Melissa J. Moore, Lawrence J. Hayward, Neil Aronin, Anastasia Khvorova

RNA Therapeutics Institute Publications

Huntington's disease (HD) is a monogenic neurodegenerative disorder representing an ideal candidate for gene silencing with oligonucleotide therapeutics (i.e., antisense oligonucleotides [ASOs] and small interfering RNAs [siRNAs]). Using an ultra-sensitive branched fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) method, we show that approximately 50% of wild-type HTT mRNA localizes to the nucleus and that its nuclear localization is observed only in neuronal cells. In mouse brain sections, we detect Htt mRNA predominantly in neurons, with a wide range of Htt foci observed per cell. We further show that siRNAs and ASOs efficiently eliminate cytoplasmic HTT mRNA and HTT protein, but ...


Differential Expression Of Zinc Transporters Accompanies The Differentiation Of C2c12 Myoblasts, Amanda L. Paskavitz, Julia Quintana, Daniella Cangussu, Cristina Tavera-Montanez, Yao Xiao, Sonia Ortiz-Mirnada, Juan G. Navea, Teresita Padilla-Benavides 2018 University of Massachusetts Medical School

Differential Expression Of Zinc Transporters Accompanies The Differentiation Of C2c12 Myoblasts, Amanda L. Paskavitz, Julia Quintana, Daniella Cangussu, Cristina Tavera-Montanez, Yao Xiao, Sonia Ortiz-Mirnada, Juan G. Navea, Teresita Padilla-Benavides

Open Access Articles

Zinc transporters facilitate metal mobilization and compartmentalization, playing a key role in cellular development. Little is known about the mechanisms and pathways of Zn movement between Zn transporters and metalloproteins during myoblast differentiation. We analyzed the differential expression of ZIP and ZnT transporters during C2C12 myoblast differentiation. Zn transporters account for a transient decrease of intracellular Zn upon myogenesis induction followed by a gradual increase of Zn in myotubes. Considering the subcellular localization and function of each of the Zn transporters, our findings indicate that a fine regulation is necessary to maintain correct metal concentrations in the cytosol and subcellular ...


Intestinal P-Glycoprotein Exports Endocannabinoids To Prevent Inflammation And Maintain Homeostasis, Rose L. Szabady, Christopher Louissaint, Anneke Lubben, Bailu Xie, Shaun Reeksting, Christine Tuohy, Zachary Demma, Sage Foley, Christina S. Faherty, Alejandro Llanos-Chea, Andrew J. Olive, Randall J. Mrsny, Beth A. McCormick 2018 University of Massachusetts Medical School

Intestinal P-Glycoprotein Exports Endocannabinoids To Prevent Inflammation And Maintain Homeostasis, Rose L. Szabady, Christopher Louissaint, Anneke Lubben, Bailu Xie, Shaun Reeksting, Christine Tuohy, Zachary Demma, Sage Foley, Christina S. Faherty, Alejandro Llanos-Chea, Andrew J. Olive, Randall J. Mrsny, Beth A. Mccormick

Open Access Articles

Neutrophil influx into the intestinal lumen is a critical response to infectious agents, but is also associated with severe intestinal damage observed in idiopathic inflammatory bowel disease. The chemoattractant hepoxilin A3, an eicosanoid secreted from intestinal epithelial cells by the apically restricted efflux pump multidrug resistance protein 2 (MRP2), mediates this neutrophil influx. Information about a possible counterbalance pathway that could signal the lack of or resolution of an apical inflammatory signal, however, has yet to be described. We now report a system with such hallmarks. Specifically, we identify endocannabinoids as the first known endogenous substrates of the apically restricted ...


Identification Of A Novel Anoikis Signalling Pathway Using The Fungal Virulence Factor Gliotoxin, Florian Haun, Simon Neumann, Lukas Peintner, Katrin Wieland, Juri Habicht, Carsten Schwan, Kristine Ostevold, Maria Magdalena Koczorowska, Martin Biniossek, Matthias Kist, Hauke Busch, Melanie Boerries, Roger J. Davis, Ulrich Maurer, Oliver Schilling, Klaus Aktories, Christoph Borner 2018 Albert Ludwigs University

Identification Of A Novel Anoikis Signalling Pathway Using The Fungal Virulence Factor Gliotoxin, Florian Haun, Simon Neumann, Lukas Peintner, Katrin Wieland, Juri Habicht, Carsten Schwan, Kristine Ostevold, Maria Magdalena Koczorowska, Martin Biniossek, Matthias Kist, Hauke Busch, Melanie Boerries, Roger J. Davis, Ulrich Maurer, Oliver Schilling, Klaus Aktories, Christoph Borner

Open Access Articles

Anoikis is a form of apoptosis induced by cell detachment. Integrin inactivation plays a major role in the process but the exact signalling pathway is ill-defined. Here we identify an anoikis pathway using gliotoxin (GT), a virulence factor of the fungus Aspergillus fumigatus, which causes invasive aspergillosis in humans. GT prevents integrin binding to RGD-containing extracellular matrix components by covalently modifying cysteines in the binding pocket. As a consequence, focal adhesion kinase (FAK) is inhibited resulting in dephosphorylation of p190RhoGAP, allowing activation of RhoA. Sequential activation of ROCK, MKK4/MKK7 and JNK then triggers pro-apoptotic phosphorylation of Bim. Cells in ...


An Asymmetric Centromeric Nucleosome, Yuichi Ichikawa, Noriko Saitoh, Paul D. Kaufman 2018 University of Massachusetts Medical School

An Asymmetric Centromeric Nucleosome, Yuichi Ichikawa, Noriko Saitoh, Paul D. Kaufman

Open Access Articles

Nucleosomes contain two copies of each core histone, held together by a naturally symmetric, homodimeric histone H3-H3 interface. This symmetry has complicated efforts to determine the regulatory potential of this architecture. Through molecular design and in vivo selection, we recently generated obligately heterodimeric H3s, providing a powerful tool for discovery of the degree to which nucleosome symmetry regulates chromosomal functions in living cells (Ichikawa et al., 2017). We now have extended this tool to the centromeric H3 isoform (Cse4/CENP-A) in budding yeast. These studies indicate that a single Cse4 N- or C-terminal extension per pair of Cse4 molecules is ...


Modulating Viscoelasticity, Stiffness, And Degradation Of Synthetic Cellular Niches Via Stoichiometric Tuning Of Covalent Versus Dynamic Noncovalent Cross-Linking, Yu Tan, Henry Huang, David C. Ayers, Jie Song 2018 University of Massachusetts Medical School

Modulating Viscoelasticity, Stiffness, And Degradation Of Synthetic Cellular Niches Via Stoichiometric Tuning Of Covalent Versus Dynamic Noncovalent Cross-Linking, Yu Tan, Henry Huang, David C. Ayers, Jie Song

Open Access Articles

Viscoelasticity, stiffness, and degradation of tissue matrices regulate cell behavior, yet predictive synergistic tuning of these properties in synthetic cellular niches remains elusive. We hypothesize that reversible physical cross-linking can be quantitatively introduced to synthetic hydrogels to accelerate stress relaxation and enhance network stiffness, while strategic placement of isolated labile linkages near cross-linking sites can predict hydrogel degradation, both of which are essential for creating adaptive cellular niches. To test these hypotheses, chondrocytes were encapsulated in hydrogels formed by biorthogonal covalent and noncovalent physical cross-linking of a pair of hydrophilic building blocks. The stiffer and more viscoelastic hydrogels with DBCO-DBCO ...


Ripk1-Ripk3-Mlkl-Associated Necroptosis Drives Leishmania Infantum Killing In Neutrophils, Laiana A. Barbosa, Paloma P. Fiuza, Leticia J. Borges, Fellipe A. Rolim, Mayara B. Andrade, Nivea F. Luz, Graziele Quintela-Carvalho, Jonilson B. Lima, Roque P. Almeida, Francis Ka-Ming Chan, Marcelo T. Bozza, Valeria M. Borges, Deboraci B. Prates 2018 Federal University of Bahia

Ripk1-Ripk3-Mlkl-Associated Necroptosis Drives Leishmania Infantum Killing In Neutrophils, Laiana A. Barbosa, Paloma P. Fiuza, Leticia J. Borges, Fellipe A. Rolim, Mayara B. Andrade, Nivea F. Luz, Graziele Quintela-Carvalho, Jonilson B. Lima, Roque P. Almeida, Francis Ka-Ming Chan, Marcelo T. Bozza, Valeria M. Borges, Deboraci B. Prates

Open Access Articles

Necroptosis is a pro-inflammatory cell death, which happens in the context of caspase-8 inhibition, allowing activation of the receptor interacting protein kinase 1-receptor interacting protein kinase 3-mixed lineage kinase domain-like (RIPK1-RIPK3-MLKL) axis. Recently, necroptosis has emerged as a key component of resistance against pathogens including infected macrophage by Leishmania infantum, the ethiologic agent of Visceral leishmaniasis (VL). VL is the most severe form of Leishmaniasis, characterized by systemic inflammation and neutropenia. However, the role of neutrophil cell death in VL has not been characterized. Here, we showed that VL patients exhibited increased lactate dehydrogenase levels in the serum, a hallmark ...


A Population Of Gut Epithelial Enterochromaffin Cells Is Mechanosensitive And Requires Piezo2 To Convert Force Into Serotonin Release, Constanza Alcaino, Kaitlyn R. Knutson, Anthony J. Treichel, Gulcan Yildiz, Peter R. Strege, David R. Linden, Joyce H. Li, Andrew B. Leiter, Joseph H. Szurszewski, Gianrico Farrugia, Arthur Beyder 2018 Mayo Clinic

A Population Of Gut Epithelial Enterochromaffin Cells Is Mechanosensitive And Requires Piezo2 To Convert Force Into Serotonin Release, Constanza Alcaino, Kaitlyn R. Knutson, Anthony J. Treichel, Gulcan Yildiz, Peter R. Strege, David R. Linden, Joyce H. Li, Andrew B. Leiter, Joseph H. Szurszewski, Gianrico Farrugia, Arthur Beyder

Open Access Articles

Enterochromaffin (EC) cells constitute the largest population of intestinal epithelial enteroendocrine (EE) cells. EC cells are proposed to be specialized mechanosensory cells that release serotonin in response to epithelial forces, and thereby regulate intestinal fluid secretion. However, it is unknown whether EE and EC cells are directly mechanosensitive, and if so, what the molecular mechanism of their mechanosensitivity is. Consequently, the role of EE and EC cells in gastrointestinal mechanobiology is unclear. Piezo2 mechanosensitive ion channels are important for some specialized epithelial mechanosensors, and they are expressed in mouse and human EC cells. Here, we use EC and EE cell ...


Are Membranes Non-Apoptotic Compartments For Apoptotic Caspases, Andreas Bergmann 2018 University of Massachusetts Medical School

Are Membranes Non-Apoptotic Compartments For Apoptotic Caspases, Andreas Bergmann

Open Access Articles

Critical mediators of apoptotic cell death are caspases, a highly specialized class of Cys-proteases that cleave substrates after Asp residues. Under normal conditions, caspases are cytosolic proteins. After their activation, they cleave a large number of cytosolic proteins and execute apoptosis (Figure 1, left). However, in addition to their well-studied role in apoptosis, caspases also have many non-apoptotic functions [1, 2]. It is not very well understood how cells escape the potential harmful action of caspases when they perform nonapoptotic functions. In our recent work, we now show that epithelial cells may prevent apoptosis by sequestration of caspases at the ...


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