Some protein kinases operate in more than one mitogen-activated protein-kinase (MAPK) cascade. We here address the question whether specificity of the cascades necessitates physical sequestration of these "promiscuous" kinases (e.g. by binding to scaffolds). A model is constructed, in which two MAPK cascades depend on a single MAP-kinase kinase that is not… (More)
The recruitment of leukocytes to infectious foci depends strongly on the local release of chemoattractant mediators. The human CXC chemokine receptor 3 (CXCR3) is an important node in the chemokine signaling network and is expressed by multiple leukocyte lineages, including T cells and macrophages. The ligands of this receptor originate from an ancestral… (More)
Biological networks have a growing importance for the interpretation of high-throughput “omics” data. Integrative network analysis makes use of statistical and combinatorial methods to extract smaller subnetwork modules, and performs enrichment analysis to annotate the modules with ontology terms or other available knowledge. This process results in an… (More)
Viral G-protein-coupled receptors (vGPCRs) are chemokine receptor homologues encoded by the Herpes- and Capripoxviridae. They are thought to have been hijacked from the host genome during the course of evolution. These vGPCRs play different roles in the viral lifecycle and associated pathologies. Three members of the Herpesviridae, Kaposi sarcoma-associated… (More)
Chronic activation of Wnt/β-catenin signaling is found in a variety of human malignancies including melanoma, colorectal and hepatocellular carcinomas. Interestingly, expression of the HCMV-encoded chemokine receptor US28 in intestinal epithelial cells promotes intestinal neoplasia in transgenic mice, which is associated with increased nuclear accumulation… (More)
A Saccharomyces cerevisiae strain in which the GPP1 and GPP2 genes, both encoding glycerol-3-phosphate phosphatase isoforms, are deleted, displays both osmo- and thermosensitive (ts) phenotypes. We isolated genes involved in cell wall maintenance as multicopy suppressors of the gpp1gpp2 ts phenotype. We found that the gpp1gpp2 strain is hypersensitive to… (More)
In most eukaryotes, Cdc37 is an essential chaperone, transiently associating with newly synthesised protein kinases in order to promote their stabilisation and activation. To determine whether the yeast Cdc37 participates in any stable protein interactions in vivo, genomic two-hybrid screens were conducted using baits that are functional as they preserve… (More)
Background: Biological networks have growing importance for the interpretation of high-throughput " omics " data. Statistical and combinatorial methods allow to obtain mechanistic insights through the extraction of smaller subnetwork modules. Further enrichment analyses provide set-based annotations of these modules.