Aleksandra Franovic

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Protein synthesis involves the translation of ribonucleic acid information into proteins, the building blocks of life. The initial step of protein synthesis is the binding of the eukaryotic translation initiation factor 4E (eIF4E) to the 7-methylguanosine (m(7)-GpppG) 5' cap of messenger RNAs. Low oxygen tension (hypoxia) represses cap-mediated translation(More)
RAF kinases regulate cell proliferation and survival and can be dysregulated in tumors. The role of RAF in cell proliferation has been linked to its ability to activate mitogen-activated protein kinase kinase 1 (MEK) and mitogen-activated protein kinase 1 (ERK). Here we identify a MEK-independent role for RAF in tumor growth. Specifically, in mitotic cells,(More)
Malignancy is a manifestation of acquired defects in regulatory circuits that direct normal cell proliferation and homeostasis. Most of these circuits operate through cell autonomous pathways, whereas others potentially involve the neighboring microenvironment. We report that the metalloprotease ADAM17 plays a pivotal role in several acquired tumor cell(More)
Although oncology therapy regimens commonly include radiation and genotoxic drugs, tumour cells typically develop resistance to these interventions. Here we report that treatment of tumours with ionizing radiation or genotoxic drugs drives p21-activated kinase 1 (PAK1)-mediated phosphorylation of CRAF on Serine 338 (pS338) triggering a kinase-independent(More)
RAF kinases regulate cell proliferation and survival and can be dysregulated in tumors 1,2. A role for RAF in cell proliferation has been linked to its ability to activate MEK and ERK. Here, we identify a MEK-independent role for RAF in tumor growth. Specifically, in mitotic cells, CRAF becomes phosphorylated on serine 338 and localizes to the mitotic(More)
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