Kurt F. Weiberth

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Accumulation of misfolded proteins in cellular compartments can result in stress-induced cell death. In the endoplasmic reticulum (ER), ER-associated degradation clears aberrant proteins from the secretory pathway. In the cytoplasm and nucleus, this job is left to the cytoplasmic quality control (CytoQC) machinery. Both processes utilize chaperones and the(More)
Depending on endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress levels, the ER transmembrane multidomain protein IRE1α promotes either adaptation or apoptosis. Unfolded ER proteins cause IRE1α lumenal domain homo-oligomerization, inducing trans autophosphorylation that further drives homo-oligomerization of its cytosolic kinase/endoribonuclease (RNase) domains to activate(More)
Huntington's disease (HD) is a progressive, adult-onset neurodegenerative disease caused by a polyglutamine (polyQ) expansion in the N-terminal region of the protein huntingtin (HTT). There are no cures or disease-modifying therapies for HD. HTT has a highly conserved Akt phosphorylation site at serine 421, and prior work in HD models found that(More)
Animals have many ways of protecting themselves against stress; for example, they can induce animal-wide, stress-protective pathways and they can kill damaged cells via apoptosis. We have discovered an unexpected regulatory relationship between these two types of stress responses. We find that C. elegans mutations blocking the normal course of programmed(More)
Integral membrane proteins fold inefficiently and are susceptible to turnover via the endoplasmic reticulum-associated degradation (ERAD) pathway. During ERAD, misfolded proteins are recognized by molecular chaperones, polyubiquitinated, and retrotranslocated to the cytoplasm for proteasomal degradation. Although many aspects of this pathway are defined,(More)
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