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Articles by Matthew J. Cecchini in JoVE
Analysis of Cell Cycle Position in Mammalian Cells
Matthew J. Cecchini1, Mehdi Amiri1, Frederick A. Dick2
1Department of Biochemistry, Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Western Ontario, 2London Regional Cancer Program, Children's Health Research Institute, and Department of Biochemistry, Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Western Ontario
Determining the cell cycle position of a population of cells, or understanding how signals affect proliferation, can be readily measured by flow cytometry using this protocol. We report a simple experimental approach to staining cells and quantifying their position in the cell cycle.
Other articles by Matthew J. Cecchini on PubMed
The Biochemical Basis of CDK Phosphorylation-independent Regulation of E2F1 by the Retinoblastoma Protein
The Biochemical Journal. Mar, 2011 | Pubmed ID: 21143199
The pRB (retinoblastoma protein) has a central role in the control of the G(1)-S phase transition of the cell cycle that is mediated in part through the regulation of E2F transcription factors. Upon S-phase entry pRB is phosphorylated extensively, which in turn releases bound E2Fs to drive the expression of the genes required for S-phase progression. In the present study, we demonstrate that E2F1-maintains the ability to interact with ppRB (hyperphosphorylated pRB). This interaction is dependent upon the 'specific' E2F1-binding site located in the C-terminal domain of pRB. A unique region of the marked box domain of E2F1 contacts the 'specific' site to mediate the interaction with ppRB. The mechanistic basis of the interaction between E2F1 and ppRB is subtle. A single substitution between valine and proline residues in the marked box distinguishes E2F1's ability to interact with ppRB from the inability of E2F3 to bind to the 'specific' site in ppRB. The E2F1-pRB interaction at the 'specific' site also maintains the ability to regulate the transcriptional activation of E2F1 target genes. These data reveal a mechanism by which E2F1 regulation by pRB can persist, when pRB is hyperphosphorylated and presumed to be inactive.