Christina Behrens

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During early stages of cotranslational protein translocation across the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) membrane the ribosome is targeted to the heterotrimeric Sec61p complex, the major component of the protein-conducting channel. We demonstrate that this interaction is mediated by the 28S rRNA of the eukaryotic large ribosomal subunit. Bacterial ribosomes also(More)
The cellular prion protein (PrP(C)) is thought to be involved in protection against cell death, however the exact cellular mechanisms involved are still controversial. Herein we present data that strongly indicate a functional link between PrP(C) expression and phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase (PI 3-kinase) activation, a protein kinase that plays a pivotal(More)
The definite physiological role of the cellular prion protein (PrP(c)) remains elusive. There is ample in vitro and in vivo evidence suggesting a neuroprotective role for PrP(c). On the other hand, several in vitro and in vivo studies demonstrated detrimental effects of PrP(c) overexpression through activation of a p53 pathway. Recently, we reported that(More)
A tetracycline-inducible expression system has been established for the prion protein (PrP) in murine neuroblastoma cells (N2a). For this purpose, N2a cells were first stably transfected with either the tetracycline-controlled transactivator or the reverse transactivator. After selection of N2a clones which carried one of these transactivators, the murine(More)
Ribosomes tightly interact with protein-conducting channels in the plasma membrane of bacteria (SecYEG) and in the endoplasmic reticulum of eukaryotes (Sec61 complex). This interaction is mediated by multiple junctions and is highly conserved during evolution. Although it is well known that both ribosomal proteins and ribosomal RNA (rRNA) are involved in(More)
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