Anna Ulbricht

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Mechanical tension is an ever-present physiological stimulus essential for the development and homeostasis of locomotory, cardiovascular, respiratory, and urogenital systems. Tension sensing contributes to stem cell differentiation, immune cell recruitment, and tumorigenesis. Yet, how mechanical signals are transduced inside cells remains poorly understood.(More)
Maintaining the dynamic proteome of a living cell in the face of an ever-changing environment depends on a fine-tuned balance of protein synthesis and protein degradation. Molecular chaperones exert key functions during protein homeostasis (proteostasis). They associate with nonnative client proteins following synthesis or damage and facilitate client(More)
Molecular chaperones play key roles during growth, development, and stress survival. The ability to induce chaperone expression enables cells to cope with the accumulation of nonnative proteins under stress and complete developmental processes with an increased requirement for chaperone assistance. Here we generate and analyze transgenic mice that lack the(More)
Chaperone-assisted selective autophagy (CASA) is a tension-induced degradation pathway essential for muscle maintenance. Impairment of CASA causes childhood muscle dystrophy and cardiomyopathy. However, the importance of CASA for muscle function in healthy individuals has remained elusive so far. Here we describe the impact of strength training on CASA in a(More)
The aim of the study was to establish a murine model for sensitive screening of potential compounds with in vitro anti-influenza A virus activity. The evaluation in this in vivo model is based on semi-quantitative detection of viral RNA using one-step reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR). After intranasal infection of fully-conscious(More)
The animal model of necrotic hepatitis caused by HSV-1 infection in juvenile mice was used to compare the efficacies of the oral antiherpes agents famciclovir (FCV), valaciclovir (VACV) and brivudin (BVDU). The experimental infection allows the measurement of viral replication in the liver by macroscopic lesions and the evaluation of mortality from(More)
Cullin-3 (CUL3)-based ubiquitin ligases regulate endosome maturation and trafficking of endocytic cargo to lysosomes in mammalian cells. Here, we report that these functions depend on SPOPL, a substrate-specific CUL3 adaptor. We find that SPOPL associates with endosomes and is required for both the formation of multivesicular bodies (MVBs) and the endocytic(More)
Clinical isolates of herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) and type 2 (HSV-2) induced focal necrotic hepatitis in ICR/Schö mice. The extent of the hepatitis could be considerably reduced by trisodium phosphonoformate (PFA) administered for 3 days in a daily dose of 400-600 mg/kg. The HSV hepatitis in mice could serve as a suitable model for testing(More)