Recommended Readings: Erika Pearce, Ph.D., Wednesday September 20th, 2017

Special Seminar Series

Wednesday, September 20, 2017  4:00 p.m.

Carson Family Auditorium

Erika Pearce, Ph.D.

Senior Group Leader and Director

Department of Immunometabolism

Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics

Mitochondrial Shapeshifting in the T Cell Response

Recommended Readings:

Erika Pearce. (2017). The Influence of Metabolism on the Function of T Cell Types. Latest Thinking.

Pan, Youdong; Tian, Tian; Park, Chang Ook; et al. (2017). Survival of tissue-resident memory T cells requires exogenous lipid uptake and metabolism. NATURE. 543 (7644): 252-+  

Man, Kevin; Kutyavin, Vassily I.; Chawla, Ajay. (2017). Tissue immunometabolism: development, physiology, and pathobiology. CELL METABOLISM. 25 (1): 11-26

Buck, Michael D.; O’Sullivan, David; Geltink, Ramon I. Klein; et al. (2016). Mitochondrial Dynamics Controls T Cell Fate through Metabolic Programming. CELL. 66 (1): 63-76

Liesa, Marc; Shirihai, Orian S. (2016). Mitochondrial Networking in T Cell Memory. CELL. 166 (1): 9-10

Peng, Min; Yin, Na; Chhangawala, Sagar; et al. (2016). Aerobic glycolysis promotes T helper 1 cell differentiation through an epigenetic mechanism. SCIENCE. 354 (6311): 481-484

Newton, Ryan; Priyadharshini, Bhavana; Turka, Laurence A. (2016). Immunometabolism of regulatory T cells. NATURE IMMUNOLOGY. 17 (6): 618-625

Jang, Kyoung-Jin; Mano, Hiroto; Aoki, Koji; et al. (2015). Mitochondrial function provides instructive signals for activation-induced B-cell fates. NATURE COMMUNICATIONS. 6: 6750

Pearce, Erika L.; Pearce, Edward J. (2013). Metabolic Pathways in Immune Cell Activation and Quiescence. IMMUNITY. 38 (4): 633-643 


Recommended Readings: Ruth Lehmann, Ph.D., April 1

Friday Lecture Series
Friday, April 1
3:45 p.m., Caspary Auditorium

Ruth Lehmann, Ph.D.
Laura and Isaac Perlmutter Professor of Cell Biology,
Director, Skirball Institute,
Chair, Department of Cell Biology,
New York University School of Medicine
Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Mechanisms and Function of Mitochondrial Inheritance in Germ Line Stem Cells

Recommended Readings

Slaidina, M., & Lehmann, R. (2014). Translational control in germline stem cell development. The Journal of Cell Biology, 207(1), 13-21. doi: 10.1083/jcb.201407102.

Teixeira, F. K., Sanchez, C. G., Hurd, T. R., Seifert, J. R., Czech, B., Preall, J. B., … & Lehmann, R. (2015). ATP synthase promotes germ cell differentiation independent of oxidative phosphorylation. Nature Cell Biology, 17(5), 689-696. doi: 10.1038/ncb3165.

Recommended Readings: Gulcin Pekkurnaz, Ph.D., September 21

Special Lecture
Monday, September 21, 2015
4:00 p.m., Carson Family Auditorium (CRC)

Gulcin Pekkurnaz, Ph.D.,
Postdoctoral Fellow,
Department of Neurobiology,
Harvard Medical School
Boston Children’s Hospital

Metabolic Regulation of Mitochondrial Function in the Nervous System

Recommended Readings

Empirical Articles

Pekkurnaz, G., Trinidad, J. C., Wang, X., Kong, D., & Schwarz, T. L. (2014). Glucose regulates mitochondrial motility via Milton modification by O-GlcNAc transferase. Cell, 158(1), 54-68. doi: 10.1016/j.cell.2014.06.007

Teodoro, R. O., Pekkurnaz, G., Nasser, A., Higashi‐Kovtun, M. E., Balakireva, M., McLachlan, I. G., … & Schwarz, T. L. (2013). Ral mediates activity‐dependent growth of postsynaptic membranes via recruitment of the exocyst. The EMBO Journal, 32(14), 2039-2055. doi: 10.1038/emboj.2013.147

Review Papers

Schwarz, T. L. (2013). Mitochondrial trafficking in neurons. Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Biology, 5(6), a011304. doi: 10.1101/cshperspect.a011304

Recommended Readings: Gary Ruvkun, Ph.D. October 24

Friday Lecture Series
Friday, October 24, 2014
3:45 p.m., Caspary Auditorium

Gary Ruvkun, Ph.D.
Hans-Hermann Schoene Distinguished Investigator and Professor,
Department of Genetics,
Harvard Medical School

C. elegans Surveillance of Conserved Cellular Components to Detect and Defend Pathogen Attacks, Real or Imagined

Recommended Readings

Empirical Articles

Liu, Y., Samuel, B. S., Breen, P. C., & Ruvkun, G. (2014). Caenorhabditis elegans pathways that surveil and defend mitochondria. Nature, 508(7496), 406–410. doi:10.1038/nature13204

Melo, J. A, & Ruvkun, G. (2012). Inactivation of conserved C. elegans genes engages pathogen- and xenobiotic-associated defenses. Cell, 149(2), 452–466. doi:10.1016/j.cell.2012.02.050

Shore, D. E., Carr, C. E., & Ruvkun, G. (2012). Induction of cytoprotective pathways is central to the extension of lifespan conferred by multiple longevity pathways. PLoS Genetics, 8(7), e1002792. doi:10.1371/journal.pgen.1002792

Review Papers

Shore, D. E., & Ruvkun, G. (2013). A cytoprotective perspective on longevity regulation. Trends in Cell Biology, 23(9), 409–420. doi:10.1016/j.tcb.2013.04.007

Recommended Readings: John Mekalanos, Ph.D. October 10

Friday Lecture Series
Friday, October 10, 2014
3:45 p.m., Caspary Auditorium

John Mekalanos, Ph.D.
Adele H. Lehman Professor of Microbiology
Chair, Department of Microbiology and Immunobiology,
Harvard Medical School

The Ghost in the Machine: Understanding Bacterial Secretion Systems Through Defining Their Effectors

Recommended Readings

Empirical Articles

Basler, M., Ho, B. T., & Mekalanos, J. J. (2013). Tit-for-tat: type VI secretion system counterattack during bacterial cell-cell interactions. Cell, 152(4), 884–894. doi:10.1016/j.cell.2013.01.042

Basler, M., Pilhofer, M., Henderson, G. P., Jensen, G. J., & Mekalanos, J. J. (2012). Type VI secretion requires a dynamic contractile phage tail-like structure. Nature, 483(7388), 182–186. doi:10.1038/nature10846

Ma, A. T., McAuley, S., Pukatzki, S., & Mekalanos, J. J. (2009). Translocation of a Vibrio cholerae type VI secretion effector requires bacterial endocytosis by host cells. Cell Host & Microbe, 5(3), 234–243. doi:10.1016/j.chom.2009.02.005

Ma, A. T., & Mekalanos, J. J. (2010). In vivo actin cross-linking induced by Vibrio cholerae type VI secretion system is associated with intestinal inflammation. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 107(9), 4365–4370. doi:10.1073/pnas.0915156107

Review Papers

Ho, B. T., Dong, T. G., & Mekalanos, J. J. (2014). A view to a kill: the bacterial type VI secretion system. Cell Host & Microbe, 15(1), 9–21. doi:10.1016/j.chom.2013.11.008

Recommended Readings: Craig B. Thompson, M.D. May 23

Friday Lecture Series
Friday, May 23, 2014
3:45 p.m., Caspary Auditorium

Craig B. Thompson, M.D.
President and CEO
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

What Cancer Is Teaching Us about Cellular Metabolism

Recommended Readings:

Empirical Papers

Buzzai, M., Bauer, D. E., Jones, R. G., Deberardinis, R. J., Hatzivassiliou, G., Elstrom, R. L., & Thompson, C. B. (2005). The glucose dependence of Akt-transformed cells can be reversed by pharmacologic activation of fatty acid beta-oxidation. Oncogene, 24(26), 4165–4173. doi:10.1038/sj.onc.1208622

Lum, J. J., Bauer, D. E., Kong, M., Harris, M. H., Li, C., Lindsten, T., & Thompson, C. B. (2005). Growth factor regulation of autophagy and cell survival in the absence of apoptosis. Cell, 120(2), 237–248. doi:10.1016/j.cell.2004.11.046

Selak, M. a, Armour, S. M., MacKenzie, E. D., Boulahbel, H., Watson, D. G., Mansfield, K. D., … Gottlieb, E. (2005). Succinate links TCA cycle dysfunction to oncogenesis by inhibiting HIF-alpha prolyl hydroxylase. Cancer Cell, 7(1), 77–85. doi:10.1016/j.ccr.2004.11.022

Ye, J., Mancuso, A., Tong, X., Ward, P. S., Fan, J., & Rabinowitz, J. D. (2012). Pyruvate kinase M2 promotes de novo serine synthesis to sustain mTORC1 activity and cell proliferation. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 109(18), 2–7. doi:10.1073/pnas.1204176109

Review Papers

DeBerardinis, R. J., Lum, J. J., Hatzivassiliou, G., & Thompson, C. B. (2008). The biology of cancer: metabolic reprogramming fuels cell growth and proliferation. Cell Metabolism, 7(1), 11–20. doi:10.1016/j.cmet.2007.10.002

Vander Heiden, M. G., Cantley, L. C., & Thompson, C. B. (2009). Understanding the Warburg effect: the metabolic requirements of cell proliferation. Science, 324(5930), 1029–1033. doi:10.1126/science.1160809

Ward, P. S., & Thompson, C. B. (2012). Metabolic reprogramming: a cancer hallmark even Warburg did not anticipate. Cancer Cell, 21(3), 297–308. doi:10.1016/j.ccr.2012.02.014

Recommended Readings: Hugo Bellen, Ph.D., D.V.M.

Friday Lecture Series

Mitochondria and Neurodegeneration

Hugo Bellen, Ph.D., D.V.M., investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute;

professor, departments of molecular and human

genetics and neuroscience, director, Program in Developmental Biology,

Baylor College of Medicine

March 30, 2012

3:45 p.m.-5:00 p.m. (Refreshments, 3:15 p.m., Abby Lounge)

Caspary Auditorium


Recommended Readings:


Han, S. M., H. Tsuda, Y. Yang, J. Vibbert, P. Cottee, S. -J Lee, J. Winek, C. Haueter, H. J. Bellen, and M. A. Miller. 2012. “Secreted VAPB/ALS8 Major Sperm Protein Domains Modulate Mitochondrial Localization and Morphology Via Growth Cone Guidance Receptors.” Developmental Cell 22 (2): 348-362

Pesah, Y., T. Pham, H. Burgess, B. Middlebrooks, P. Verstreken, Y. Zhou, M. Harding, H. Bellen, and G. Mardon. 2004. “Drosophila Parkin Mutants have Decreased Mass and Cell Size and Increased Sensitivity to Oxygen Radical Stress.” Development 131 (9): 2183-2194

Romero, E., G. -H Cha, P. Verstreken, C. V. Ly, R. E. Hughes, H. J. Bellen, and J. Botas. 2008. “Suppression of Neurodegeneration and Increased Neurotransmission Caused by Expanded Full-Length Huntingtin Accumulating in the Cytoplasm.” Neuron 57 (1): 27-40

Venken, K. J. T., Y. He, R. A. Hoskins, and H. J. Bellen. 2006. “P[Acman]: A BAC Transgenic Platform for Targeted Insertion of Large DNA Fragments in D. Melanogaster.” Science 314 (5806): 1747-1751

Verstreken, P., C. V. Ly, K. J. T. Venken, T. -W Koh, Y. Zhou, and H. J. Bellen. 2005. “Synaptic Mitochondria are Critical for Mobilization of Reserve Pool Vesicles at Drosophila Neuromuscular Junctions.” Neuron 47 (3): 365-378

Neuroglobin: Protection Against Alzheimer’s?

ScienceDaily (Aug. 2, 2010) — A team of scientists at the University of California, Davis and the University of Auckland has discovered that neuroglobin may protect against Alzheimer’s disease by preventing brain neurons from dying in response to natural stress.   Neuroglobin protects cells from stroke damage, amyloid toxicity and injury due to lack of oxygen. Neuroglobin occurs in various regions of the brain and at particularly high levels in neurons.  Recent studies have hinted that neuroglobin protects cells by maintaining the function of mitochondria and regulating the concentration of important chemicals in the cell. However, the exact mechanisms by which neuroglobin protects cells from dying a natural death has, until now, remained unclear.  Click here for more on the research that resulted in these insights.

Recommended Readings: Jerry Chipuk Ph.D. Oct 5, 2009

Monday Lecture Series

Mitochondrial Outer Membrane Permeabilization and Apoptosis are Regulated by Collaborative Interactions between the BCL-2 Family and Mitochondrial Physiology

Jerry Chipuk, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow, Deptartment of Immunology, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Monday, October 5, 2009

4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

(Refreshments, 3:45 p.m.-4:00 p.m.)

Second Floor, Welch Hall

Recommended Review Article:

Chipuk JE, Green DR.  2008.  How do BCL-2 proteins induce mitochondrial outer membrane permeabilization?  TRENDS IN CELL BIOLOGY 18(4): 157-164

Recommended Articles:

Aslan JE, Thomas G.  2009.  Death by Committee: Organellar Trafficking and Communication in Apoptosis.  TRAFFIC 10(10): 1390-1404

Chipuk JE, Green DR.  2009.  PUMA cooperates with direct activator proteins to promote mitochondrial outer membrane permeabilization and apoptosis.  CELL CYCLE 8(17): 2692-2696

Chipuk JE, Bouchier-Hayes L, Green DR.  2006.  Mitochondrial outer membrane permeabilization during apoptosis: the innocent bystander scenario.  CELL DEATH AND DIFFERENTIATION 13(8): 1396-1402

Chipuk JE, Green DR.  2006.   Dissecting p53-dependent apoptosis.  CELL DEATH AND DIFFERENTIATION 13(6): 994-1002

Chipuk JE, Bouchier-Hayes L, Kuwana T, et al.  2005. PUMA couples the nuclear and cytoplasmic proapoptotic function of p53 .  SCIENCE 309(5741): 1732-1735

Kuwana T, Bouchier-Hayes L, Chipuk JE, et al.  2005.  BH3 domains of BH3-only proteins differentially regulate bax-mediated mitochondrial membrane permeabilization both directly and indirectly.  MOLECULAR CELL 17 (4): 525-535

Chipuk JE, Kuwana T, Bouchier-Hayes L, et al.  2004.   Direct activation of Bax by p53 mediates mitochondrial membrane permeabilization and apoptosis.  SCIENCE 303(5660): 1010-1014