KONSTANZE F. WINKLHOFER
CELLULAR QUALITY CONTROL AND STRESS RESPONSE PATHWAYS IN NEURODEGENERATION
We are interested in neuroprotective and neurotoxic pathways that are associated with neurodegenerative diseases, such as Parkinson's, Alzheimer's and Huntington's disease. Specifically, we are focusing on the following topics:
- Ubiquitin signaling and stress protection
- Mechanisms to maintain mitochondrial integrity and function
- Interorganellar communication and its role in the cellular stress response
- Cellular quality control mechanisms to promote protein homeostasis
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Winklhofer (2014). Parkin and mitochondrial quality control: toward assembling the puzzle. Trends Cell Biol., 24(6): 332-341.
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