Characterisation of novel potential phosphorylation sites in the tumour suppressor Merlin in Drosophila

  • Author / Creator
    Yip, Sophia
  • Neurofibromatosis Type II is an inherited cancer that manifests as various tumours in the nervous system. Mutations and deletions in the tumour suppressor Merlin (moesin, ezrin, radixin-like protein) are linked to the development of the disease. The mechanism by which Merlin suppresses cell growth is not yet clearly understood, however studies have shown that phosphorylation plays an important role in regulating the sub-cellular localisation, conformation, and activity of Merlin. Using in vivo genetic methods in Drosophila melanogaster, I undertook a characterisation of two novel potential phosphorylation sites that appear to be regulating Merlin function. In this thesis, I show that two phosphorylatable residues, serine 371 and threonine 18, in Drosophila Merlin affect the sub-cellular localisation and function of the Merlin protein.

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    Fall 2014
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    Master of Science
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    University of Alberta
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  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Eisenstat, David (Pediatrics)
    • Campbell, Shelagh (Biological Sciences)
    • Wevrick, Rachel (Medical Genetics)
    • Yokota, Toshifumi (Medical Genetics)