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Measuring the Induction of the Heat Shock Response

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Start Date 12/01/2012
End Date 07/01/2013
Funding Source Alaska Heart Institute
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Last Updated 01/29/2013 03:57PM
Keywords polyQ aggregation, heat shock proteins


  Ben Harrison

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  Ann Jennings


Research on neurological disorders such as Huntington's and Alzheimer's disease have shown that these disorders all share the common presence of D.'A that encodes proteins with long repetitive strands of the amino acid glutamine (polyglutamine; polyQ). These repetitive polyQ proteins arc expressed in neurons, and form aggregates (clumps) in cells, which cause neurological dysfunction and shorten sunial rates of those with this genetic disorder. (Warrick ct al.. 1998; Faber ct al.. 1999). Polyglutamine proteins have been studied in many model organisms including yeast, bacteria, worms, flies and mammals; and in all cases, polyQ proteins show more tendency to aggregate as the length of the polyQ region increases (Snell ct al. 1993). Arabidopsis thaliana. a plant model organism, also shows length dependent polyQ aggregation. All organisms studied to this point respond to misfolded protein (aggregates) through the expression of heat shock proteins (Mittler ct. al. 2012).

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