Neuroscience Seminar Series :
Salle des Conférences (R229), Centre Universitaire des Saints-Pères, 45 rue des Saints-Pères, 75006 Paris
Klaus Hahn (Department of Pharmacology; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA)
Title: Seeing and controlling information flow through GTPase networks
Signaling proteins can produce essentially opposite cell behaviors depending on subtle differences in activation kinetics or transient localizations. To understand signaling controlled by spatio-temporal dynamics we have devised approaches to visualize and manipulate signaling networks in living cells and animals, including what we believe are broadly applicable methods to control proteins with light. The role of Rho family GTPase circuits in regulating motility is being probed using engineered allosteric switches to photoinhibit or photoactivate guanine exchange factors, kinases, and GTPases. Success with three different protein families leaves us optimistic that there is a simple way to identify and control allosteric networks with light or small molecules. LOVTRAP, a method for light-controlled sequestration and release of proteins, will also be described. LOVTRAP has been applied to modulate and dissect oscillating cellular circuits.
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