Event Title

Cloning and Expression of the DNA Binding Domain of FoxO from Ciona intestinalis That Contains an N-terminal Nuclear Localization Signal

Poster Number

47

Faculty Mentor

Dr. Nicholas Grossoehme & Dr. Heather Evans-Anderson

College

College of Arts and Sciences

Department

Chemistry, Physics and Geology

Location

Richardson Ballroom

Start Date

22-4-2016 2:15 PM

End Date

22-4-2016 4:15 PM

Description

FoxO proteins are a subgroup of the Forkhead family of transcription factors. FoxO proteins are highly conserved and regulate expression of genes that control a wide variety of cellular processes including: apoptosis, cell differentiation and proliferation, and atrophy. Ciona intestinalis is a useful model system to study developmental biology, particularly heart development since all chordates share a conserved cardiac gene program as well as similar cellular processes during development. Ciona FoxO (ciFoxO) proteins are is very similar to the FoxO1 protein in humans. In order for ciFoxO to transcriptionally regulate gene expression, it must localize to the nucleus. The major goal of this project is to add a nuclear localization signal (NLS) to an expression vector containing ciFoxO sequence that will be electroporated into Ciona embryos where it will be expressed. The NLS will direct the exogenous ciFoxO sequence to the nucleus of cells where it will be able to bind to target DNA sequences in the Ciona genome. The ultimate goal is to express ciFoxO constructs containing a NLS in vivo and then isolate chromatin in order to perform a ChIP-Seq assay to determine ciFoxO target genes. The ciFoxO target genes will be compared to vertebrate FoxO target genes to determine the level of conserved function of FoxO family members in chordates during heart development. To date, we have successfully expressed the NLS in the vector and dechorinated embryos. Electroporation is underway.

Grant Support?

Supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health, from the IDeA Networks for Biomedical Research Excellence (NIH INBRE) Program and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

This document is currently not available here.

Share

COinS
 
Apr 22nd, 2:15 PM Apr 22nd, 4:15 PM

Cloning and Expression of the DNA Binding Domain of FoxO from Ciona intestinalis That Contains an N-terminal Nuclear Localization Signal

Richardson Ballroom

FoxO proteins are a subgroup of the Forkhead family of transcription factors. FoxO proteins are highly conserved and regulate expression of genes that control a wide variety of cellular processes including: apoptosis, cell differentiation and proliferation, and atrophy. Ciona intestinalis is a useful model system to study developmental biology, particularly heart development since all chordates share a conserved cardiac gene program as well as similar cellular processes during development. Ciona FoxO (ciFoxO) proteins are is very similar to the FoxO1 protein in humans. In order for ciFoxO to transcriptionally regulate gene expression, it must localize to the nucleus. The major goal of this project is to add a nuclear localization signal (NLS) to an expression vector containing ciFoxO sequence that will be electroporated into Ciona embryos where it will be expressed. The NLS will direct the exogenous ciFoxO sequence to the nucleus of cells where it will be able to bind to target DNA sequences in the Ciona genome. The ultimate goal is to express ciFoxO constructs containing a NLS in vivo and then isolate chromatin in order to perform a ChIP-Seq assay to determine ciFoxO target genes. The ciFoxO target genes will be compared to vertebrate FoxO target genes to determine the level of conserved function of FoxO family members in chordates during heart development. To date, we have successfully expressed the NLS in the vector and dechorinated embryos. Electroporation is underway.