Panagiotis Velentzas

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Ubiquitin/proteasome-mediated degradation of eukaryotic proteins is critically implicated in a number of signalling pathways and cellular processes. To specifically impair proteasome activities, in vitro developing Drosophila melanogaster egg chambers were exposed to the MG132 or epoxomicin proteasome inhibitors, while a GAL4/UAS binary genetic system was(More)
Programmed cell death (PCD) is an evolutionary conserved and genetically regulated form of cell death, in which the cell plays an active role in its own demise. It is widely recognized that PCD can be morphologically classified into three major types: type I, known as apoptosis, type II, called autophagy, and type III, specified as cytoplasmic cell death.(More)
Autophagy traffics cellular components to the lysosome for degradation. Ral GTPase and the exocyst have been implicated in the regulation of stress-induced autophagy, but it is unclear whether they are global regulators of this process. Here, we investigate Ral function in different cellular contexts in Drosophila and find that it is required for autophagy(More)
In eukaryotes, the ubiquitin–proteasome machinery regulates a number of fundamental cellular processes through accurate and tightly controlled protein degradation pathways. We have, herein, examined the effects of proteasome functional disruption in Dmp53 +/+ (wild-type) and Dmp53 −/− Drosophila melanogaster fly strains through utilization of Bortezomib, a(More)
BACKGROUND Drosophila melanogaster ovary serves as an attractive model system for the investigation of the cell cycle, death, signaling, migration, differentiation, development and stemness. By employing the 3750/+ heterozygote fly strain that carries specific functions in the follicle cell compartment, and a reliable control in GAL4/UAS-based transgenic(More)
Drosophila chorion represents a model biological system for the in vivo study of gene activity, epithelial development, extracellular-matrix assembly and morphogenetic-patterning control. It is produced during the late stages of oogenesis by epithelial follicle cells and develops into a highly organized multi-layered structure that exhibits regional(More)
Proteasome-dependent and autophagy-mediated degradation of eukaryotic cellular proteins represent the two major proteostatic mechanisms that are critically implicated in a number of signaling pathways and cellular processes. Deregulation of functions engaged in protein elimination frequently leads to development of morbid states and diseases. In this(More)
This paper presents data associated with the research article entitled "Targeted downregulation of s36 protein unearths its cardinal role in chorion biogenesis and architecture during Drosophila melanogaster oogenesis" [1]. Drosophila chorion is produced by epithelial follicle cells and one of its functional serving role is egg fertilization through the(More)
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