Carissa L Pérez

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Terminal differentiation is often coupled with permanent exit from the cell cycle, yet it is unclear how cell proliferation is blocked in differentiated tissues. We examined the process of cell cycle exit in Drosophila wings and eyes and discovered that cell cycle exit can be prevented or even reversed in terminally differentiating cells by the simultaneous(More)
A major challenge in understanding energy balance is deciphering the neural and molecular circuits that govern behavioral, physiological, and metabolic responses of animals to fluctuating environmental conditions. The neurally expressed TGF-beta ligand DAF-7 functions as a gauge of environmental conditions to modulate energy balance in C. elegans. We show(More)
Although studies in C. elegans have identified numerous genes involved in fat storage, the next step is to determine how these factors actually affect in vivo lipid metabolism. We have developed a (13)C isotope assay to quantify the contribution of dietary fat absorption and de novo synthesis to fat storage and membrane lipid production in C. elegans,(More)
Oviductal sperm reservoirs have been found in cattle, mice, hamsters, pigs, and horses. In cattle (Bos taurus), the reservoir is evidently formed when sperm bind to fucosylated ligands resembling Le(a) trisaccharide on the surface of oviductal epithelium. The aim of this study was to characterize the fucose-binding protein on bull sperm. Fresh ejaculated(More)
Acyl-CoA synthases are important for lipid synthesis and breakdown, generation of signaling molecules, and lipid modification of proteins, highlighting the challenge of understanding metabolic pathways within intact organisms. From a C. elegans mutagenesis screen, we found that loss of ACS-3, a long-chain acyl-CoA synthase, causes enhanced intestinal lipid(More)
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