Accomplishments of Former Peifer Lab Grad Students

Kristi Schaefer (2013-2018) Genetics and Molecular Biology

Current Position: Postdoc, Shaw lab, Indiana University

Graduate Student (2013 – 2018)
Education: Graduate Student, Peifer lab (2013 – 2018), BS, Biology, Butler University 2008; Lab Tech IU School of Medicine-Dept. of Medical and Molecular Genetics 2009-2012

Fellowships & Awards: NIH Training Program in Genetics and Molecular Biology

NSF Graduate Fellowship (2014-2016)

Email: krihertz@iu.edu
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Research Information

According to the American Cancer Society, there will be 102,000 new cases of colon cancer this year. The tumor suppressor APC is the initiating mutation in 80% of all colon cancers. APC, along with Axin (a scaffolding protein) and the kinases CK1 and GSK3, form the destruction complex that regulates levels of β-Catenin (βCat), the key effecter of the Wnt signaling pathway which modulates proliferation and cell cycle. When Wnt signaling is off, the destruction complex phosphorylates βCat, labeling it to be targeted for destruction by the E3 ligase complex SCF, containing the F-box protein βTrCP. The mechanism of how the destruction complex transfers βCat to the E3 ligase is largely unknown. Recently the lab discovered that the scaffolding protein Axin has a conserved βTrCP binding motif and that βTrCP and Axin co-localize in human cells. I am trying to determine the mechanism and function of βTrCP-Axin interactions. To tease out this mechanism I am utilizing both mammalian cell culture and Drosophila genetics and cell biology.

Publications

  • Schaefer, K.N., Pronobis, M., Williams, C.E., Zhang, S., Bauer, L., Goldfarb, D., Yan, F., Major, M.B., Peifer, M. (2020). Wnt Regulation: Exploring Axin-Disheveled interactions and defining mechanisms by which the SCF E3 ubiquitin ligase is recruited to the destruction complex. Molecular Biology of the Cell 31, 992-1014.
  • Schaefer, K.N., and Peifer M. (2019). Wnt/Beta-catenin signaling regulation and a role for biomolecular condensates. Developmental Cell48: 429-44.
  • Manning, L.A., Perez-Vale, K.Z., Schaefer, K.N., Sewell, M.T., Peifer, M. (2019). The Drosophila Afadin and ZO-1 homologs Canoe and Polychaetoid act in parallel to maintain epithelial integrity when challenged by adherens junction remodeling. Molecular Biology of the Cell, in press.
  • Schaefer, K.N., Bonello, T.T., Zhang, S., Williams, C.E., Roberts, D.M., McKay, D.J, and Peifer, M. (2018). Supramolecular assembly of the beta-catenin destruction complex and the effect of Wnt signaling on its localization, molecular size, and activity in vivo. PLoS Genetics doi.org/10.1371/journal.pgen.1007339.
  • Fadero, T.C., Gerbich, T.M. , Rana, K., Suzuki, A. DiSalvo, M., Schaefer, K.N., Heppert, J.K., Boothby, T.C, Goldstein, B., Peifer, M., Allbritton, N.L., Gladfelter, A.S., Maddox, A.S. and Maddox, P.S. (2018). LITE microscopy: Tilted light sheet excitation of model organisms offers high resolution and low photobleaching. Journal of Cell Biology, in press.
  • Rogers, E.M., Spracklen, A.J., Bilancia, C.G., Sumigray, K.D., Allred, S.C., Nowotarski, S.N., Schaefer, K. N., Ritchie, B.J., and Peifer, M. (2016). Abelson kinase acts as a robust, multifunctional scaffold in regulating embryonic morphogenesis. Molecular Biology of the Cell 27, 2613-31.
  • Targeting of Ras-mediated FGF signaling suppresses Pten-deficient skin tumor. Mathew G, Hannan A, Hertzler-Schaefer K, Wang F, Feng GS, Zhong J, Zhao JJ, Downward J, Zhang X. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2016 Nov 15;113(46):13156-13161

  • Hertzler-Schaefer K, Mathew G, Somani AK, Tholpady S, Kadakia MP, Chen Y, Spandau DF, Zhang X. (2014) Pten loss induces autocrine FGF signaling to promote skin tumorigenesis. Cell Reports 6(5):818-26. doi: 10.1016/j.celrep.2014.01.045.
  • Carbe C, Hertzler-Schaefer K, Zhang, X. (2012) The functional role of the Meis/Prep-binding elements in Pax6 locus during pancreas and eye development. Developmental Biology 363:320-329
  • Qu X, Hertzler K, Pan Y, Grobe K, Robinson ML, Zhang X. (2011) Genetic epistasis between heparin sulfate and FGF-Ras signaling controls lens development. Developmental Biology 355:12-20

 

Mira Pronobis: 2010-2016 (Genetics and Molecular Biology)

Mira Pronobis

 

HHMI International Graduate Fellowship  ;   Runner-up, 2017 Larry Sandler Memorial Award for Best Thesis using Drosophila

 

Current Position

LSRF Postdoctoral Fellow with Ken Poss HHMI/Duke University

 

 

Publications
  • Schaefer, K.N., Pronobis, M., Williams, C.E., Zhang, S., Bauer, L., Goldfarb, D., Yan, F., Major, M.B., Peifer, M. (2020). Wnt Regulation: Exploring Axin-Disheveled interactions and defining mechanisms by which the SCF E3 ubiquitin ligase is recruited to the destruction complex. Molecular Biology of the Cell 31, 992-1014.
  • Pronobis, M.I., Deuitch, N., Posham, V., Mimori-Kiyosue, Y. and Peifer, M.  (2017).  Reconstituting regulation of the canonical Wnt pathway by engineering a minimal βcatenin destruction machine.  Molecular Biology of the Cell 28, 41-53.
  • Pronobis, M.I., Deuitch, N., and Peifer, M. (2016). The Miraprep: A protocol that uses a Miniprep kit and provides Maxiprep yields. PLoS One 11, e0160509.
  • Pronobis, M.I., Rusan, N.M., and Peifer, M. (2015). A novel GSK3-regulated APC:Axin interaction regulates Wnt signaling by driving a catalytic cycle of efficient βcatenin destruction. eLife 4, e08022.
  • Roberts,D.M., Pronobis, M.I., Alexandre, K.M., Rogers, G.C., Poulton, J.S., Schneider, D.E., Jung, K.-C., McKay, D.J., and Peifer, M. (2012). Regulation of Wnt signaling by the tumor suppressor APC does not require ability to enter the nucleus nor a particular cytoplasmic localization. PLoS One 7: e31284.
  • Roberts,D.M., Pronobis, M.I., Poulton, J.S., Kane,E.G., and Peifer, M. (2012). Regulation of Wnt signaling by the tumor suppressor APC does not require ability to enter the nucleus nor a particular cytoplasmic localization. Molecular Biology of the Cell 23, 2041-56
  • Pronobis, M.I., and Peifer, M. (2012) Wnt signaling: The many interfaces of ß-catenin. Current Biology 22, R137-139.
  • Roberts,D.M., Pronobis, M.I., Poulton, J.S., Waldmann, J.D., Stephenson, E.M., Hanna, S., and Peifer, M. (2011). Deconstructing the ßcatenin destruction complex: mechanistic roles for the tumor suppressor APC in regulating Wnt signaling. Molecular Biology of the Cell 22, 1845-1863.

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