David Kuttenkeuler

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Signalling pathways mediating the transduction of information between cells are essential for development, cellular differentiation and homeostasis. Their dysregulation is also frequently associated with human malignancies. The Janus tyrosine kinase/signal transducer and activator of transcription (JAK/STAT) pathway represents one such signalling cascade(More)
During a genome-wide RNAi screen, we isolated CG8580 as a gene involved in the innate immune response of Drosophila. CG8580, which we named Akirin, acts in parallel with the NFκB transcription factor downstream of the Imd pathway and was required for defense against Gram-negative bacteria. Akirin is highly conserved and the human genome contains two(More)
During a genome-wide screen with RNA-mediated interference, we isolated CG8580 as a gene involved in the innate immune response of Drosophila melanogaster. CG8580, which we called Akirin, encoded a protein that acted in parallel with the NF-kappaB transcription factor downstream of the Imd pathway and was required for defense against Gram-negative bacteria.(More)
Innate immunity in vertebrates and invertebrates is of central importance as a biological programme for host defence against pathogenic challenges. To find novel components of the Drosophila immune deficiency (IMD) pathway in cultured haemocyte-like cells, we screened an RNA interference library for modifiers of a pathway-specific reporter. Selected(More)
With the sequencing of the human genome and the genomes of most major model organisms completed, the systematic characterisation of gene functions remains a key challenge. During the past few years, RNA interference (RNAi) has become a powerful tool to silence the expression of genes and analyse their loss-of-function phenotype when mutant alleles are not(More)
Innate immune signalling pathways are evolutionarily conserved between invertebrates and vertebrates. The analysis of NF-kappaB signalling in Drosophila has contributed important insights into how organisms respond to infection. Nevertheless, significant gaps remain in our understanding of how the activation of intracellular signalling elicits specific(More)
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