1. Role of proapoptotic BH3-only proteins in Listeria monocytogenes infection.

    European Journal of Immunology 46(6):1427 (2016) PMID 27064265

    The ability of pathogens to influence host cell survival is a crucial virulence factor. Listeria monocytogenes (Lm) infection is known to be associated with severe apoptosis of hepatocytes and spleen cells. This impairs host defense mechanisms and thereby facilitates the spread of intracellular ...
  2. BCL2-modifying factor promotes germ cell loss during murine oogenesis.

    Reproduction 151(5):553 (2016) PMID 26917450

    Apoptosis plays a prominent role during ovarian development by eliminating large numbers of germ cells from the female germ line. However, the precise mechanisms and regulatory proteins involved in germ cell death are yet to be determined. In this study, we characterised the role of the pro-apop...
  3. NFκB1 is essential to prevent the development of multiorgan autoimmunity by limiting IL-6 production in follicular B cells.

    Journal of Experimental Medicine 213(4):621 (2016) PMID 27022143 PMCID PMC4821646

    We examined the role of NFκB1 in the homeostasis and function of peripheral follicular (Fo) B cells. Aging mice lacking NFκB1 (Nfκb1(-/-)) develop lymphoproliferative and multiorgan autoimmune disease attributed in large part to the deregulated activity of Nfκb1(-/-)Fo B cells that produce exces...
  4. Loss of a Single Mcl-1 Allele Inhibits MYC-Driven Lymphomagenesis by Sensitizing Pro-B Cells to Apoptosis.

    Cell Reports 14(10):2337 (2016) PMID 26947081

    MCL-1 is critical for progenitor cell survival during emergency hematopoiesis, but its role in sustaining cells undergoing transformation and in lymphomagenesis is only poorly understood. We investigated the importance of MCL-1 in the survival of B lymphoid progenitors undergoing MYC-driven tran...
  5. Therapeutic Response to Non-genotoxic Activation of p53 by Nutlin3a Is Driven by PUMA-Mediated Apoptosis in Lymphoma Cells.

    Cell Reports 14(8):1858 (2016) PMID 26904937

    Nutlin3a is a small-molecule antagonist of MDM2 that promotes non-genotoxic activation of p53 through p53 protein stabilization and transactivation of p53 target genes. Nutlin3a is the forerunner of a class of cancer therapeutics that have reached clinical trials. Using transgenic and gene-targe...
  6. The Transcription Factor ASCIZ and Its Target DYNLL1 Are Essential for the Development and Expansion of MYC-Driven B Cell Lymphoma.

    Cell Reports 14(6):1488 (2016) PMID 26832406

    How MYC promotes the development of cancer remains to be fully understood. Here, we report that the Zn(2+)-finger transcription factor ASCIZ (ATMIN, ZNF822) synergizes with MYC to activate the expression of dynein light chain (DYNLL1, LC8) in the murine Eμ-Myc model of lymphoma. Deletion of Asci...
  7. Is BOK required for apoptosis induced by endoplasmic reticulum stress?

    PNAS 113(5):E492 (2016) PMID 26811499 PMCID PMC4747697

  8. Thirty years of BCL-2: translating cell death discoveries into novel cancer therapies.

    Nature Reviews: Cancer 16(2):99 (2016) PMID 26822577

    The 'hallmarks of cancer' are generally accepted as a set of genetic and epigenetic alterations that a normal cell must accrue to transform into a fully malignant cancer. It follows that therapies designed to counter these alterations might be effective as anti-cancer strategies. Over the past 3...
  9. p53-upregulated-modulator-of-apoptosis (PUMA) deficiency affects food intake but does not impact on body weight or glucose homeostasis in diet-induced obesity.

    Scientific reports 6:23802 (2016) PMID 27033313 PMCID PMC4817123

    BCL-2 proteins have been implicated in the control of glucose homeostasis and metabolism in different cell types. Thus, the aim of this study was to determine the role of the pro-apoptotic BH3-only protein, p53-upregulated-modulator-of-apoptosis (PUMA), in metabolic changes mediated by diet-indu...
  10. Tumor-Suppressor Functions of the TP53 Pathway.

    Cold Spring Harbor perspectives in medicine 6(5) (2016) PMID 27141080

    The fundamental biological importance of the Tp53 gene family is highlighted by its evolutionary conservation for more than one billion years dating back to the earliest multicellular organisms. The TP53 protein provides essential functions in the cellular response to diverse stresses and safegu...
  11. BIM Deficiency Protects NOD Mice From Diabetes by Diverting Thymocytes to Regulatory T Cells.

    Diabetes 64(9):3229 (2015) PMID 25948683

    Because regulatory T-cell (Treg) development can be induced by the same agonist self-antigens that induce negative selection, perturbation of apoptosis will affect both negative selection and Treg development. But how the processes of thymocyte deletion versus Treg differentiation bifurcate and ...
  12. Antagonism between MCL-1 and PUMA governs stem/progenitor cell survival during hematopoietic recovery from stress.

    Blood 125(21):3273 (2015) PMID 25847014 PMCID PMC4440882

    Understanding the critical factors that govern recovery of the hematopoietic system from stress, such as during anticancer therapy and bone marrow transplantation, is of clinical significance. We investigated the importance of the prosurvival proteins myeloid cell leukemia-1 (MCL-1) and B-cell l...
  13. FAS Inactivation Releases Unconventional Germinal Center B Cells that Escape Antigen Control and Drive IgE and Autoantibody Production.

    Immunity 42(5):890 (2015) PMID 25979420

    The mechanistic links between genetic variation and autoantibody production in autoimmune disease remain obscure. Autoimmune lymphoproliferative syndrome (ALPS) is caused by inactivating mutations in FAS or FASL, with autoantibodies thought to arise through failure of FAS-mediated removal of sel...
  14. EGF-mediated induction of Mcl-1 at the switch to lactation is essential for alveolar cell survival.

    Nature Cell Biology 17(4):365 (2015) PMID 25730472

    Expansion and remodelling of the mammary epithelium requires a tight balance between cellular proliferation, differentiation and death. To explore cell survival versus cell death decisions in this organ, we deleted the pro-survival gene Mcl-1 in the mammary epithelium. Mcl-1 was found to be esse...
  15. Prosurvival Bcl-2 family members reveal a distinct apoptotic identity between conventional and plasmacytoid dendritic cells.

    PNAS 112(13):4044 (2015) PMID 25775525 PMCID PMC4386329

    Dendritic cells (DCs) are heterogeneous, comprising subsets with functional specializations that play distinct roles in immunity as well as immunopathology. We investigated the molecular control of cell survival of two main DC subsets: plasmacytoid DCs (pDCs) and conventional DCs (cDCs) and thei...
  16. MOZ regulates B-cell progenitors and, consequently, Moz haploinsufficiency dramatically retards MYC-induced lymphoma development.

    Blood 125(12):1910 (2015) PMID 25605372 PMCID PMC4440887

    The histone acetyltransferase MOZ (MYST3, KAT6A) is the target of recurrent chromosomal translocations fusing the MOZ gene to CBP, p300, NCOA3, or TIF2 in particularly aggressive cases of acute myeloid leukemia. In this study, we report the role of wild-type MOZ in regulating B-cell progenitor p...
  17. An inducible lentiviral guide RNA platform enables the identification of tumor-essential genes and tumor-promoting mutations in vivo.

    Cell Reports 10(8):1422 (2015) PMID 25732831

    The CRISPR/Cas9 technology enables the introduction of genomic alterations into almost any organism; however, systems for efficient and inducible gene modification have been lacking, especially for deletion of essential genes. Here, we describe a drug-inducible small guide RNA (sgRNA) vector sys...
  18. Bcl-2 antagonists kill plasmacytoid dendritic cells from lupus-prone mice and dampen interferon-α production.

    Arthritis & rheumatology (Hoboken, N.J.) 67(3):797 (2015) PMID 25418983

    Interferon-α (IFNα)-producing plasmacytoid dendritic cells (PDCs) are implicated in the pathogenesis of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). IFNα-related genes are highlighted among SLE susceptibility alleles and are characteristically expressed in the blood of patients with SLE, while in mouse m...
  19. Maintaining dendritic cell viability in culture.

    Molecular Immunology 63(2):264 (2015) PMID 25081090

    When mouse dendritic cells (DCs) are isolated from tissues, purified and placed in a nutritive culture they die more rapidly than would be expected from their normal turnover in vivo. This can distort culture assays of DC function. We therefore tested several approaches to prolonging DC survival...
  20. Autoreactive T cells induce necrosis and not BCL-2-regulated or death receptor-mediated apoptosis or RIPK3-dependent necroptosis of transplanted islets in a mouse model of type 1 diabetes.

    Diabetologia 58(1):140 (2015) PMID 25301392

    Type 1 diabetes results from T cell-mediated destruction of pancreatic beta cells. The mechanisms of beta cell destruction in vivo, however, remain unclear. We aimed to test the relative roles of the main cell death pathways: apoptosis, necrosis and necroptosis, in beta cell death in the develop...