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CSB Departmental Seminar – Professor Carolyn Phillips, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Southern California

February 15 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

CSB Departmental Seminar

Professor Carolyn Phillips,

Department of Biological Sciences, University of Southern California

“Regulation of gene expression by small RNAs”

Friday February 15, 2019
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at RW 432
Host:
Professor Arneet Saltzman
arneet.saltzman@utoronto.ca
Abstract:

“RNA silencing is a critically important mechanism through which cells regulate gene expression and protect the genome against aberrant RNAs, transposons, and viruses. RNA silencing is mediated by small non-coding RNAs, which are bound by Argonaute proteins and regulate complementary mRNAs at the level of transcription, translation, and RNA stability.
The goal of my lab is to understand how small RNAs function and with what proteins they interact to exert their regulatory activity. First, we aim to understand where Argonaute and other RNA silencing proteins localize subcellularly and how this localization is achieved. We will further interrogate how this localization contributes to mRNA silencing. Finally, since there are multiple Argonaute proteins and different classes of small regulatory RNAs, we will determine how each Argonaute protein recognizes and binds the correct small regulatory RNAs. This sorting is critical so that the correct small RNAs are used to guide RNA silencing.
Ultimately, this work will inform our understanding of Argonaute protein localization and how Argonaute proteins interact with specific classes of small RNAs to confer specificity and context to the different branches of the RNA silencing pathway both in C. elegans and in other systems.

Details

Date:
February 15
Time:
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Venue

Ramsay Wright Building, Room 432
25 Harbord St.
Toronto, ON M5S 3G5 Canada

Organizer

University of Toronto, Cell & Systems Biology