Lisa Heiserich

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Amino acids control cell growth via activation of the highly conserved kinase TORC1. Glutamine is a particularly important amino acid in cell growth control and metabolism. However, the role of glutamine in TORC1 activation remains poorly defined. Glutamine is metabolized through glutaminolysis to produce α-ketoglutarate. We demonstrate that glutamine in(More)
Detection of 8-OHdG-base damage has been a big challenge for decades, though different analytical methods are developed. The recent approaches that are used for quantitating either the total amount of base damage or the amount of base damage per cell from different sources of samples are not automated. We have developed a method for automated damage(More)
The efficacy of many chemotherapeutic agents relies on the preferential destruction of rapidly dividing cancer cells by inducing various kinds of DNA damage. The most deleterious type of DNA lesions are DNA double-strand breaks (DSB), which can be detected by immunofluorescence staining of phosphorylated histone protein H2AX (γH2AX). Furthermore, γH2AX has(More)
BACKGROUND In response to DNA double-strand breaks, the histone protein H2AX becomes phosphorylated at its C-terminal serine 139 residue, referred to as γ-H2AX. Formation of γ-H2AX foci is associated with recruitment of p53-binding protein 1 (53BP1), a regulator of the cellular response to DNA double-strand breaks. γ-H2AX expression in peripheral blood(More)
Analysis of phosphorylated histone protein H2AX (γH2AX) foci is currently the most sensitive method to detect DNA double-strand breaks (DSB). This protein modification has the potential to become an individual biomarker of cellular stress, especially in the diagnosis and monitoring of neoplastic diseases. To make γH2AX foci analysis available as a routine(More)
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