Date of Award

2009

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

Department

Biology

First Advisor

Dr.Manuel Barbieri

Abstract

Receptor mediated endocytosis effectively removes the "ears" with which a cell would "hear" a signal conveyed by extracellular signaling molecules, but does not necessarily block the signaling pathway in which the endocytosed receptor participates. In the process of signal attenuation, this newly formed vesicle is fused with a phagosome and the receptor molecules are degraded. Receptor mediated endocytosis as a way to attenuate epidermal growth factor (EGF) and insulin signaling will be the focus here. Ras Interference 1 (Rin 1) is a multifunctional protein involved in intracellular membrane trafficking and receptor mediated endocytosis through its Rab5 Guanine Exchange Factor and SH2 domains. The goal of this investigation is to determine the role of key amino acids involved in the interaction of Rinl with Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor and Rab5. To elucidate this role, a number of point mutations have been created and the effects of each mutation on Rin 1 function will be investigated. Key amino acids in the SH2 and Vps9 Domain were identified and effects of mutations on rate of endocytosis were observed.

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