Nickolay V Kukekov

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We report that the multidomain protein POSH (plenty of SH3s) acts as a scaffold for the JNK pathway of neuronal death. This pathway consists of a sequential cascade involving activated Rac1/Cdc42, mixed-lineage kinases (MLKs), MAP kinase kinases (MKKs) 4 and 7, c-Jun N-terminal kinases (JNKs) and c-Jun, and is required for neuronal death induced by various(More)
A sequential pathway (the JNK pathway) that includes activation of Rac1/Cdc42, mixed lineage kinases, MAP kinase kinases 4 and 7, and JNKs plays a required role in many paradigms of apoptotic cell death. However, the means by which this pathway is assembled and directed toward apoptotic death has been unclear. Here, we report that propagation of the(More)
The c-Jun N-terminal kinase (JNK) pathway plays an important role in neuronal apoptosis both during normal CNS development and following stroke in adult animals. As with other MAP kinase pathways, scaffold proteins regulate JNK signaling. The scaffold protein POSH (Plenty of SH3s) enhances JNK activation and apoptosis. We identified a POSH homologue, POSH2,(More)
We report that Sh3rf2, a homologue of the pro-apoptotic scaffold POSH (Plenty of SH3s), acts as an anti-apoptotic regulator for the c-Jun N-terminal kinase (JNK) pathway. siRNA-mediated knockdown of Sh3rf2 promotes apoptosis of neuronal PC12 cells, cultured cortical neurons, and C6 glioma cells. This death appears to result from activation of JNK signaling.(More)
Nix, a pro-apoptotic BH3-only protein, promotes apoptosis of non-neuronal cells, although the mechanisms involved remain incompletely understood. Using a yeast two-hybrid screen with POSH (plenty of SH3 domains, a scaffold involved in activation of the apoptotic JNK/c-Jun pathway) as the bait, we identified an interaction between POSH and Nix.(More)
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