The Identification of Novel Cell Death Inducers by Jacob Baus

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The Identification of Novel Cell Death Inducers by Jacob Baus




Cell death caused by cardiac infarction events commonly result in the development of heart disease. The identification and classification of genes in these cell death pathways improves medical professionals understanding of these mechanisms and helps in the development of gene therapy techniques which can be used to impede the onset of heart disease. The goal of this research was to identify novel genes in cell death pathways. We amplified cDNA for 10 genes which were screened for high death potential. This amplified cDNA was then added into an inducible vector and inserted into an adenovirus. This adenovirus was then introduced to cells with the doxycycline (DOX) inducer and examined for cell death. We expected to see cells that had virus applied without DOX to be healthy and living, and cells with virus and DOX to have significant cell death from the induced gene. Instead, we observed substantial cell death in both cases of virus applied to cells and healthy, living control cells. We concluded that the induced gene could not be responsible for this death and rather viral toxicity caused the increased death. Further testing these viruses, with consideration of recent literature, could demonstrate if these genes are active in a cell death pathway.


Jacob Baus


Senior Showcase Poster presentation


Ripon College


April 17, 2018


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Major: Biology
Minor: Chemistry
Mount Calvary, Wisconsin
BIO 502: Biology Senior Seminar


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