Katarzyna Maleńczyk

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Endocannabinoids are small signaling lipids, with 2-arachidonoylglycerol (2-AG) implicated in modulating axonal growth and synaptic plasticity. The concept of short-range extracellular signaling by endocannabinoids is supported by the lack of trans-synaptic 2-AG signaling in mice lacking sn-1-diacylglycerol lipases (DAGLs), synthesizing 2-AG. Nevertheless,(More)
Endocannabinoid signaling has been implicated in modulating insulin release from β cells of the endocrine pancreas. β Cells express CB1 cannabinoid receptors (CB1Rs), and the enzymatic machinery regulating anandamide and 2-arachidonoylglycerol bioavailability. However, the molecular cascade coupling agonist-induced cannabinoid receptor activation to insulin(More)
Endocannabinoids are implicated in the control of glucose utilization and energy homeostasis by orchestrating pancreatic hormone release. Moreover, in some cell niches, endocannabinoids regulate cell proliferation, fate determination, and migration. Nevertheless, endocannabinoid contributions to the development of the endocrine pancreas remain unknown.(More)
The rostral migratory stream (RMS) is viewed as a glia-enriched conduit of forward-migrating neuroblasts in which chemorepulsive signals control the pace of forward migration. Here we demonstrate the existence of a scaffold of neurons that receive synaptic inputs within the rat, mouse, and human fetal RMS equivalents. These neurons express secretagogin, a(More)
p73 protein belongs, together with p63, to the p53 family. It is a relatively poorly studied structural and functional homolog of the well-described tumor suppressor protein p53, also known as the guardian of the genome. p73 protein, like p53, becomes activated by, for example, DNA damaging agents and it targets the same promoter sequences as p53. Both(More)
Ca2+-sensor proteins are generally implicated in insulin release through SNARE interactions. Here, secretagogin, whose expression in human pancreatic islets correlates with their insulin content and the incidence of type 2 diabetes, is shown to orchestrate an unexpectedly distinct mechanism. Single-cell RNA-seq reveals retained expression of the TRP family(More)
The p53 tumor suppressor is recognized as a promising target for anti-cancer therapies. We previously reported that protoporphyrin IX (PpIX) disrupts the p53/murine double minute 2 (MDM2) complex and leads to p53 accumulation and activation of apoptosis in HCT 116 cells. Here we show the direct binding of PpIX to the N-terminal domain of p53. Furthermore,(More)
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