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7.341 DNA Damage Checkpoints: The Emergency Brake on the Road to Cancer, Fall 2007

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Show simple item record Reinhardt, Hans Christian en_US van Vugt, Marcel A. en_US
dc.coverage.temporal Fall 2007 en_US 2007-12
dc.identifier 7.341-Fall2007
dc.identifier local: 7.341
dc.identifier local: IMSCP-MD5-8b8dc7b46d544262998267fddace3a18
dc.description.abstract The DNA contained in human cells is under constant attack by both exogenous and endogenous agents that can damage one of its three billion base pairs. To cope with this permanent exposure to DNA-damaging agents, such as the sun's radiation or by-products of our normal metabolism, powerful DNA damage checkpoints have evolved that allow organisms to survive this constant assault on their genomes. In this class we will analyze classical and recent papers from the primary research literature to gain a profound understanding of checkpoints that act as powerful emergency brakes to prevent cancer. We will consider basic principles of cell proliferation and molecular details of the DNA damage response. We will discuss the methods and model organisms typically used in this field as well as how an understanding of checkpoint mechanisms translates into the development of treatments for human cancer. This course will not stop at discussing literature. We will take it one step further and analyze real data in an MIT Biology laboratory. This course is one of many Advanced Undergraduate Seminars offered by the Biology Department at MIT. These seminars are tailored for students with an interest in using primary research literature to discuss and learn about current biological research in a highly interactive setting. Many instructors of the Advanced Undergraduate Seminars are postdoctoral scientists with a strong interest in teaching. en_US
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dc.subject DNA en_US
dc.subject damage checkpoints en_US
dc.subject cancer en_US
dc.subject cells en_US
dc.subject human cells en_US
dc.subject exogenous en_US
dc.subject endogenous en_US
dc.subject checkpoints en_US
dc.subject gene en_US
dc.subject signaling en_US
dc.subject cancer biology en_US
dc.subject cancer prevention en_US
dc.subject primary sources en_US
dc.subject discussion en_US
dc.subject DNA damage en_US
dc.subject molecular en_US
dc.subject enzyme en_US
dc.subject cell cycle en_US
dc.subject extracellular cues en_US
dc.subject growth factors en_US
dc.subject Cdk regulation en_US
dc.subject cyclin-dependent kinase en_US
dc.subject p53 en_US
dc.subject tumor suppressor en_US
dc.subject apoptosis en_US
dc.subject signaling en_US
dc.subject MDC1 en_US
dc.subject H2AX en_US
dc.subject Rad50 en_US
dc.subject Fluorescence activated cell sorter en_US
dc.subject Chk1 en_US
dc.subject mutant en_US
dc.title 7.341 DNA Damage Checkpoints: The Emergency Brake on the Road to Cancer, Fall 2007 en_US
dc.title.alternative DNA Damage Checkpoints: The Emergency Brake on the Road to Cancer en_US

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