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ZDHHC13 is a member of DHHC-containing palmitoyl acyltransferases (PATs) family of enzymes. It functions by post-translationally adding 16-carbon palmitate to proteins through a thioester linkage. We have previously shown that mice carrying a recessive Zdhhc13 nonsense mutation causing a Zdhcc13 deficiency develop alopecia, amyloidosis and osteoporosis. Our(More)
In the interleukin 3-dependent hematopoietic cell line Ba/F3, inhibition of mitogen-activated protein kinase, a member of the MAPK/c-Jun N-terminal kinase/stress-activated protein kinase kinase family that plays an important role in cell growth and death control, rapidly leads to severe apoptosis. However, most of the antiapoptotic substrates of MAPK remain(More)
E4bp4, a member of the basic region/leucine zipper transcription factor superfamily, is up-regulated by the interleukin-3 (IL-3) signaling pathway and plays an important role in the anti-apoptotic response of IL-3. In this study, we demonstrated that E4bp4 is regulated by IL-3 mainly at the transcriptional level. Promoter analysis revealed that a GATA motif(More)
Protein palmitoylation has emerged as an important mechanism for regulating protein trafficking, stability, and protein-protein interactions; however, its relevance to disease processes is not clear. Using a genome-wide, phenotype driven N-ethyl-N-nitrosourea-mediated mutagenesis screen, we identified mice with failure to thrive, shortened life span, skin(More)
We previously demonstrated that IL-3 stimulates transcription of the antiapoptotic gene mcl-1 via two promoter elements designated as the SIE and CRE-2 sites. To further study the functional role of these two DNA elements, mutant mice with targeted mutations of both SIE and CRE-2 sites (SC mutants) were generated. Homozygous SC mutants manifested a markedly(More)
Tribbles, an atypical protein kinase superfamily member, coordinates cell proliferation, migration, and morphogenesis during the development of Drosophila and Xenopus embryos. Although Tribbles are highly conserved throughout evolution, the physiological functions of mammalian Tribbles family remain largely unclear. Here we report that human TRB2 is a(More)
Homeostasis of the hematopoietic system is tightly regulated by an array of cytokines that control proliferation, differentiation and apoptosis of various cell lineages. To identify genes that are essential for hematopoietic homeostasis, we screened C57BL/6 mice that had been genome-wide mutagenized by N-ethyl-N-nitrosourea (ENU) to produce altered blood(More)
Translationally controlled tumor protein (TCTP) is expressed throughout T cell development and prominently induced following T cell activation. However, its function(s) during these processes is unclear. Here, we demonstrated that conditional deletion of TCTP before the beta selection checkpoint resulted into a partial block of thymocyte development at the(More)
BACKGROUND & AIMS Mcl-1-deficient hepatocytes are prone to undergo apoptosis. The tumor suppressor protein p53 plays an important role in apoptosis control as well as other cellular responses. This study was initially aimed to examine whether p53 was involved in Mcl-1 deficiency-induced apoptosis of hepatocytes. METHODS Hepatocyte-specific Mcl-1 knockout(More)
The BH3-only proapoptotic protein, BAD, was cloned from zebrafish embryos and its properties were characterized. Zebrafish BAD (zBAD) is a protein with 147 amino acids that contains a BH3 domain and a putative 14-3-3 binding site with the sequence of RPRSRS(84)AP, corresponding to S(136) in mouse BAD (mBAD). zBAD shares 34%, 28%, and 29% amino acid sequence(More)