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Cell Signalling

Ferrante Alves de Moraes and colleagues investigate glypican family members and the activation of the Wnt signalling pathway in a series of prostate cancer cell lines. Their study showed that GPC1 is expressed in most cell lines with the exception LNCaP which expressed GPC3. However, the Wnt signalling pathway was only activated in PC-3 cells with high levels of co-localization of GPC1 and Wnt-3a.


Using MATLAB, Oldenburg and colleagues utilize deep learning algorithms to analyze wound-healing experiments. By combining analysis of cell and population scale using an intelligent cell detection (iCD) approach their method outperforms conventional methods.


Moro and colleagues use ribosome profiling data to investigate the role uORFs play in regulating translation under stress conditions.  They find that uORF-encoded peptides increase during stres and a subset of these uORFs act as translational switches. However, in general uORF translation is uncoupled from general translation repression observed during stress.


  1. Authors: Mandana Mohyeddin Bonab, Kamran Alimoghaddam, Fatemeh Talebian, Syed Hamid Ghaffari, Ardeshir Ghavamzadeh and Behrouz Nikbin

    Content type: Research article

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