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Merlin is a tumor suppressor protein whose inactivation is associated with familial Neurofibromatosis Type II (NF2) and other sporadic tumors. The growth-suppressive function of Merlin is modulated by reversible phosphorylation. Our previous finding showed the Sterile20 kinase Slik coordinately...
Genetic, genomic and molecular studies of signaling pathways controlling ecdysone biosynthesis in Drosophila melanogasterDownload
In insects, periodic pulses of the molting hormone ecdysone control all major developmental transitions such as the molts and metamorphosis. Ecdysone, a steroid hormone, is produced in the prothoracic gland during larval and pupal development of Drosophila. While we have a relatively good...
Retroposition is widely found to play essential roles in origination of new mammalian and other animal genes. However, the scarcity of retrogenes in plants has led to the assumption that plant genomes rarely evolve new gene duplicates by retroposition, despite abundant retrotransposons in plants...
If all cells in a multicellular organism contain exactly the same genetic information, the question arises of how tissue types with distinct gene expression profiles are formed and maintained over the life of the organism. These different temporal and spatial gene expression patterns are thought...
Samudrala, Ram , Zheng, Hongkun , Li, Jun, Yang, Shuang , Zhang, Jianguo , Yu, Haijing , McDermott, Jason , Wang, Wen , Yang, Huanming , Jiang, Huifeng , Yang, Lei , Wang, Jian , Wong, Gane K., Kristiansen, Karsten , Su, Jianning , Yu, Jun
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...
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...
The innate immune system is an evolutionarily conserved first line of defense against invasive microbes. Studies in the fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster, revolutionized the field of immunology and cemented Drosophila as a premier model of innate immune defenses. The Drosophila immune deficiency...
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...
Vertebrate development requires the activity of multiple members of the myocyte enhancer factor 2 (mef2) gene family for muscle cell specification and subsequent differentiation. Additionally, it is thought that several muscle-specific functions of MEF2 family proteins require binding additional...