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Organelles serve to compartmentalize biochemical functions within the eukaryotic cell. However, to collectively maintain cellular homeostasis, organelles must communicate in some way in order to coordinate these functions. Two such organelles,the peroxisome and the lipid droplet, are both...
Cells require the ability to modulate function in response to their surroundings so that they are able to contribute to the survival of the organism. A key mechanism that allows tunable responses to changes in environment is by differential control of gene expression by transcriptional...
Merlin and the ezrin-radixin-moesin (ERM) proteins are key organizers of the cell cortex through linking membrane-associated proteins to the underlying actin cytoskeleton. Merlin and the ERM proteins have been implicated in the maintenance of cell integrity, adhesion, and motility during tissue...
Characterisation of the Non-Canonical Translation Initiation Factor eIF4E-3 as a Merlin Interacting Protein in Drosophila melanogasterDownload
Merlin is a tumour suppressor protein, the loss of which is linked to the inherited nervous system tumour syndrome Neurofibromatosis type 2 as well as sporadic tumour development. It is related to the ERM (ezrin-radixin-moesin) protein family, which is involved in linking the cytoskeleton to...
Cyclic Adenosine Monophosphate (cAMP) and Fragile X Mental Retardation Protein (FMRP) Mediate Avoidance Behaviour in DrosophilaDownload
Fragile X Syndrome (FXS) is neurodevelopmental disorder caused by a trinucleotide CGG repeat expansion that leads to the methylation and transcriptional silencing of the Fragile X mental retardation 1 (fmr1) gene. This results in the loss of Fragile X mental retardation protein (FMRP), an...
Proliferative Signals Regulate Hemocyte Development and Intestinal Immunity in Drosophila melanogaster.Download
The innate immune system is an ancient line of resistance against intrusive microbial threats. This system integrates cellular, humoral, and barrier defenses to generate a protective immune response. These divisions are indispensable and conserved between Drosophila and mammals. Hemocytes are the...
Cholesterol is well known for its adverse cardiovascular effects, however it has crucial cellular roles. For instance, cholesterol is a key component of eukaryotic cell membranes and constitutes the principle steroid hormone precursor in most animals. Cellular cholesterol concentrations have to...
Hereditary Spastic Paraplegia (HSP) denotes a heterogeneous group of heritable neurodegenerative disorders predominantly characterized by progressive weakness and spasticity of the legs. Mutations in the gene SPAST are by far the most common, while mutations in the gene ATL1 are the second most...
Fragile X Syndrome (FXS) is the most common genetic cause of Intellectual Disability, affecting 1 in 4000 boys and 1 in 6000 girls. Work in our lab using Drosophila melanogaster and since replicated in the mouse model has shown that excess protein synthesis is a major mechanism connecting the...
Characterisation of novel potential phosphorylation sites in the tumour suppressor Merlin in DrosophilaDownload
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...