About the Project
Cells respond to physical stimuli, such as stiffness, through mechano-transduction pathways that convert mechanical to biochemical signals. Many of the proteins involved with these processes, such as components of the integrin adhesion complex (IAC) at the cell/ECM interface or the linker of nucleo- and cytoskeleton (LINC) complex at the nuclear membrane, have been identified and characterised. However, these complexes have generally been studied as discrete entities. We lack a holistic picture of how mechanical signals are carried from the ECM through to the nucleus, where distinct genetic programmes can be modulated. Here we propose to use proximity biotinylation mass spectrometry (BioID-MS) to systematically identify the protein linkages that enable communication between cellular regulatory machinery and cellular environments with distinct mechanical properties. BioID-MS enables protein interactions to be identified by selectively tagging proteins proximal to a ‘bait’. By engineering a library of bait constructs for structural and signalling components of IACs and LINC complexes, we will develop a quantitative, global picture of how MSCs and PFs respond to environmental stiffness. By determining how these two complexes are integrated, we intend to identify conserved mechano-transduction pathways, as well as those that may be affected by disease and thus be future targets for intervention.
Applicants must have obtained, or be about to obtain, at least an upper second class honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject.
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