Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item:
Title: Elucidating the Role of Paxillin B in Septation in Aspergillus nidulans
Authors: Williamson, McLean H. (Mac)
Advisors: Hill, Terry W.
Jackson-Hayes, Loretta
Keywords: URCAS;Student research;2018 Spring;Class of 2018;Biology, Department of;St. Jude Children's Research Hospital;Aspergillus nidulans;Biochemistry;Molecular biology;GFP-tagging;Cell division;Fellowships
Issue Date: 27-Apr-2018
Abstract: Paxillin B (PaxB) is a protein found in the fungus Aspergillus nidulans that is suspected to play a role in cell growth and division as a scaffolding protein. We have used GFP tagging to show that PaxB localizes to growing hyphal tips and to sites of septation (sites of cell division). This finding led us to hypothesize that PaxB plays an integral role in growth and division. This hypothesis was supported when we deleted the PaxB gene from the A. nidulans genome and found that formation of septa was impaired. Additionally, we have conducted a complementation experiment in which a functioning copy of the PaxB gene corrected the aseptate phenotype seen in the sepD1 temperature-sensitive strain. Most recently, we generated a strain lacking the PaxB gene while expressing GFP-tagged chitin synthase (ChsA) to show that localization of ChsA to maturing septa is diminished but not completely inhibited. Additionally, we have obtained preliminary evidence identifying potential binding partners to PaxB by utilizing GFP-Trap, a variant of co-immunoprecipitation.
Description: Presentation by Mac Williamson ('18) delivered at the Rhodes College Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Symposium (URCAS) as part of the St. Jude Summer Plus Fellowship.
Appears in Collections:Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Symposium

Files in This Item:
File Description SizeFormat 
201804_Williamson_McLean_ElucidatingPaxBRole_poster.pdf241.3 kBAdobe PDFThumbnail

Items in DSpace are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.