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Identification of transcriptional targets of the nerve injury-induced transcription factor Sox11

Salerno, Kathleen Marie (2011) Identification of transcriptional targets of the nerve injury-induced transcription factor Sox11. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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Transcriptional regulation is an important component of the peripheral sensory neuronal response to injury. The transcription factor Sox11 is upregulated in injured dorsal root ganglion (DRG) neurons. Sox11 expression has been linked to neuronal survival and improved regeneration following nerve injury; however, its transcriptional targets are largely unknown. Towards understanding the pro-regenerative effects of Sox11, this dissertation focused on the identification of novel Sox11 transcriptional targets. Targets were initially identified via microarray screening and were validated by approaches including real-time PCR, luciferase reporter assays, western blot and chromatin immunoprecipitation (ChIP). Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), adenomatous polyposis coli (APC) and TRAF-associated activator of NF-kappa B (TANK) were identified as putative Sox11 transcriptional targets. BDNF and APC have previously been linked to pro-regenerative pathways in DRG neurons. BDNF is a growth factor that has been shown to increase the intrinsic growth state of neurons (Geremia et al., 2010). APC is a modulator of Wnt signaling pathways and a plus-end microtubule stabilizing protein and been shown to be essential for neurite extension following peripheral axotomy (Zhou et al., 2006). TANK is a novel gene in the context of nerve regeneration signaling; my experiments show that TANK is highly expressed in dissociated DRG neuronal cultures, that TANK knockdown increased apoptosis in Neuro-2a cells following TNF-alpha stimulation and that TANK expression may modulate activation of c-Jun N-terminal kinase (JNK).


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Salerno, Kathleen
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairDavis, Brianbmd1@pitt.eduBMD1
Committee MemberSved, Alansved@pitt.eduSVED
Committee MemberMolliver, Derekdcm12@pitt.eduDCM12
Committee MemberAizenman, Eliasredox@pitt.eduREDOX
Committee MemberZhang,
Committee MemberAlbers, Kathrynkaa2@pitt.eduKAA2
Date: 5 August 2011
Date Type: Completion
Defense Date: 16 June 2011
Approval Date: 5 August 2011
Submission Date: 4 August 2011
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Medicine > Neurobiology
Degree: PhD - Doctor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: adenomatous polyposis coli; APC; BDNF; brain-derived neurotrophic factor; JNK; Jun kinase; nerve injury; peripheral nerve injury; SoxC; TANK; TNF; TNF-alpha; transcription factor; transcriptional regulation; Sox11; SoxC
Other ID:, etd-08042011-134001
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 19:57
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 13:48


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