This subproject is one of many research subprojects utilizing the resources provided by a Center grant funded by NIH/NCRR. Primary support for the subproject and the subproject's principal investigator may have been provided by other sources, including other NIH sources. The Total Cost listed for the subproject likely represents the estimated amount of Center infrastructure utilized by the subproject, not direct funding provided by the NCRR grant to the subproject or subproject staff. Survivin is a cancer-associated protein with dual functions as a cell death inhibitor and as a cell division regulator. It is highly expressed in chemo-resistant tumors, making it a prognostic marker for high-risk disease. Tumor cells that express Survivin cannot compensate for a dysfunctional Survivin protein and undergo rapid and spontaneous cell death in its absence. The biochemical mechanism by which Survivin binds to itself and to its partner proteins is unclear. Our preliminary data suggests that Survivin is modified by acetylation, implicating this biochemical process as a mechanism of its function and stability. The short-term goals of this proposal are to identify the proteins that acetylate Survivin, identify the specific residues at which the acetylation occurs and determine how these biochemical modifications alter the prosurvival function of Survivin in human tumor cells. The long-term goals of this project are to provide insight into unexplored biochemical mechanisms that will ultimately lead to novel therapies directed to pivotal steps in tumor cell death pathways.

Agency
National Institute of Health (NIH)
Institute
National Center for Research Resources (NCRR)
Type
Exploratory Grants (P20)
Project #
5P20RR017695-08
Application #
8359714
Study Section
Special Emphasis Panel (ZRR1-RI-B (01))
Project Start
2011-05-01
Project End
2012-04-30
Budget Start
2011-05-01
Budget End
2012-04-30
Support Year
8
Fiscal Year
2011
Total Cost
$112,599
Indirect Cost
Name
Rhode Island Hospital
Department
Type
DUNS #
075710996
City
Providence
State
RI
Country
United States
Zip Code
02903
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