Natalia Novac

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The Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803 genome encodes four putative homologues of the AAA protease FtsH, two of which (slr0228 and sll1463) have been subjected to insertional mutagenesis in this study. Disruption of sll1463 had no discernible effect but disruption of slr0228 caused a 60% reduction in the abundance of functional photosystem I, without affecting the(More)
Fas ligand (FasL) is a type II transmembrane protein belonging to the tumor necrosis factor family. Its binding to the cognate Fas receptor triggers the apoptosis that plays a pivotal role in the maintenance of immune system homeostasis. The cell death-inducing property of FasL has been associated with its extracellular domain, which can be cleaved off by(More)
Glucocorticoids mediate a variety of biological effects via binding their intracellular receptor. Ligand-bound glucocorticoid receptor (GR) translocates to the nucleus and regulates gene transcription in a DNA binding-dependent or independent manner. The predominant biological effect of glucocorticoids on peripheral T cells is immunosupression via(More)
Glucocorticoids (GCs) play an important role in the regulation of peripheral T-cell survival. Their molecular mechanism of action and the question of whether they have the ability to inhibit apoptosis in vivo, however, are not fully elucidated. Signal transduction through the glucocorticoid receptor (GR) is complex and involves different pathways.(More)
The nuclear receptor superfamily comprises a large group of transcription factors that play a key regulatory role in development and homeostasis of multicellular organisms. A special feature of nuclear receptors is their ability to bind to condensed chromatin templates, which makes them important initiators of gene transcription. Moreover, the ability of(More)
In the absence of ligands the corepressor N-CoR mediates transcriptional repression by some nuclear hormone receptors. Several protein-protein interactions of N-CoR are known, of which mainly complex formation with histone deacetylases (HDACs) leads to the repression of target genes. On the other hand, the role of posttranslational modifications in(More)
We have previously reported that over-expression of a panel of 119 genes correlates with the metastatic potential of pancreatic carcinoma cells. We sought to identify and functionally characterize candidate tumour metastasis promoting genes among this library using a secondary phenotype-assisted screen. Here we report the discovery of the(More)
Here, we report unbiased screens for genes expressed in metastatic tumor cells that are associated with cell motility. These screens identified Ier2, an immediate early gene of unknown function, as potentially having a role in tumor cell motility and metastasis. Knockdown of Ier2 in 3T3 fibroblasts inhibited their motility upon relief of contact inhibition(More)
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