Elena Kochetkova

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Cells undergoing oncogenic transformation frequently inactivate tumor suppressor pathways that could prevent their uncontrolled growth. Among those pathways p53 and p38MAPK pathways play a critical role in regulation of cell cycle, senescence and cell death in response to activation of oncogenes, stress and DNA damage. Consequently, these two pathways are(More)
Inactivation of p53 found in more than half of human cancers is often associated with increased tumor resistance to anti-cancer therapy. We have previously shown that overexpression of the phosphatase Wip1 in p53-negative tumors sensitizes them to chemotherapeutic agents, while protecting normal tissues from the side effects of anti-cancer treatment. In(More)
We have studied the role of the stress kinases p38 and JNK1,2 in premature senescence induced by sodium butyrate (NaBut), a histone deacetylase inhibitor, in mouse embryonic fibroblasts transformed by E1A+cHa-Ras oncogenes. It was found that transformants from p38 knockout cells are able to implement NaBut-induced senescence exhibited by cell cycle arrest,(More)
UV irradiation is a major natural and artificial stress factor that may cause severe skin injury. UV irradiation induces DNA damage, which, eventually, may lead to cell death, senescence or oncogenic mutations and tumor growth. Wip1 is a phosphatase involved in the regulation of DNA damage response and oncogenic stress. Here, we studied response to UV-B(More)
GenomeVectorizer is a genome visualization tool that is designed to extend the functionality of GenomePixelizer, genome visualization tool that was developed for the Department of Plant Pathology at University of California, Davis in 2002. GenomeVectorizer was written using XML, XSLT, and SVG technologies combined with JavaScript scripting to provide the(More)
A key regulator of cellular senescence, mTORC1 complex, is a target of many signaling cascades, including Ras/Raf/MEK/ERK cascade. In this paper, we investigated the role of the MEK/ERK branch of this cascade in the process of cellular senescence induced by sodium butyrate (NaBut), a histone deacetylase inhibitor (HDACI), in transformed rat-embryo(More)
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