Efrat Assa-Kunik

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Selective degeneration of neuronal projections and neurite pruning are critical for establishment and maintenance of functional neural circuits in both insects and mammals. However, the molecular mechanisms that govern developmental neurite pruning versus injury-induced neurite degeneration are still mostly unclear. Here, we show that the effector caspases(More)
The specification of polar, main-body and stalk follicle cells in the germarium of the Drosophila ovary plays a key role in the formation of the egg chamber and polarisation of its anterior-posterior axis. High levels of Notch pathway activation, resulting from a germline Delta ligand signal, induce polar cells. Here we show that low Notch activation(More)
Unidirectional signaling from cells expressing Delta (Dl) to cells expressing Notch is a key feature of many developmental processes. We demonstrate that the Drosophila ADAM metalloprotease Kuzbanian-like (Kul) plays a key role in promoting this asymmetry. Kul cleaves Dl efficiently both in cell culture and in flies, and has previously been shown not to be(More)
In a variety of malignancies, the immune-escape phenotype is associated, in part, with the inability of tumor cells to properly present their Ags to CTLs due to a deranged expression of MHC class I glycoproteins. However, these molecules were found to possess broader nonimmune functions, including participation in signal transduction and regulation of(More)
BACKGROUND Vascular diseases are a major cause of morbidity and mortality, particularly in diabetic patients. Stem/progenitor cell treatments with bone marrow-derived cells show safety and promising outcomes, albeit not without some preprocedural adverse events related to cell collection and mobilization. We describe a novel technology for generating a(More)
A deregulated activity of PKB/Akt (where PKB stands for protein kinase B) renders tumour cells resistant to a variety of apoptosis-inducing stimuli. Elucidation of the mechanisms responsible for this deregulation is of prime importance for the development of novel anti-cancer drugs. Results of the present study demonstrate that the constitutive activity of(More)
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