Articles by Kristen Browne in JoVE
Live Imaging of Glial Cell Migration in the Drosophila Eye Imaginal Disc Patrick Cafferty1, Xiaojun Xie1, Kristen Browne1, Vanessa J. Auld1 1Department of Zoology, University of British Columbia - UBC Here we describe a protocol to examine the migration of glial cells into the developing Drosophila eye using live microscopic analysis paired with GFP tagged glial cells.
Other articles by Kristen Browne on PubMed
SNASP, a Histone H1-specific Eukaryotic Chaperone Dimer That Facilitates Chromatin Assembly Biophysical Journal. Aug, 2008 | Pubmed ID: 18456819 NASP has been described as a histone H1 chaperone in mammals. However, the molecular mechanisms involved have not yet been characterized. Here, we show that this protein is not only present in mammals but is widely distributed throughout eukaryotes both in its somatic and testicular forms. The secondary structure of the human somatic version consists mainly of clusters of alpha-helices and exists as a homodimer in solution. The protein binds nonspecifically to core histone H2A-H2B dimers and H3-H4 tetramers but only forms specific complexes with histone H1. The formation of the NASP-H1 complexes is mediated by the N- and C-terminal domains of histone H1 and does not involve the winged helix domain that is characteristic of linker histones. In vitro chromatin reconstitution experiments show that this protein facilitates the incorporation of linker histones onto nucleosome arrays and hence is a bona fide linker histone chaperone.
Control of Gliotactin Localization and Levels by Tyrosine Phosphorylation and Endocytosis is Necessary for Survival of Polarized Epithelia Journal of Cell Science. Dec, 2010 | Pubmed ID: 21045109 The tricellular junction (TCJ) forms at the convergence of bicellular junctions from three adjacent cells in polarized epithelia and is necessary for maintaining the transepithelial barrier. In the fruitfly Drosophila, the TCJ is generated at the meeting point of bicellular septate junctions. Gliotactin was the first identified component of the TCJ and is necessary for TCJ and septate junction development. Gliotactin is a member of the neuroligin family and associates with the PDZ protein discs large. Beyond this interaction, little is known about the mechanisms underlying Gliotactin localization and function at the TCJ. In this study, we show that Gliotactin is phosphorylated at conserved tyrosine residues, a process necessary for endocytosis and targeting to late endosomes and lysosomes for degradation. Regulation of Gliotactin levels through phosphorylation and endocytosis is necessary as overexpression results in displacement of Gliotactin away from the TCJ throughout the septate junction domain. Excessive Gliotactin in polarized epithelia leads to delamination, paired with subsequent migration, and apoptosis. The apoptosis and the resulting compensatory proliferation resulting from high levels of Gliotactin are mediated by the Drosophila JNK pathway. Therefore, Gliotactin levels within the cell membrane are regulated to ensure correct protein localization and cell survival.