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Wikipedia Day Awards[edit]

Hello, all. It was initially my hope to try to have this done as part of Esperanza's proposal for an appreciation week to end on Wikipedia Day, January 15. However, several people have once again proposed the entirety of Esperanza for deletion, so that might not work. It was the intention of the Appreciation Week proposal to set aside a given time when the various individuals who have made significant, valuable contributions to the encyclopedia would be recognized and honored. I believe that, with some effort, this could still be done. My proposal is to, with luck, try to organize the various WikiProjects and other entities of wikipedia to take part in a larger celebrartion of its contributors to take place in January, probably beginning January 15, 2007. I have created yet another new subpage for myself (a weakness of mine, I'm afraid) at User talk:Badbilltucker/Appreciation Week where I would greatly appreciate any indications from the members of this project as to whether and how they might be willing and/or able to assist in recognizing the contributions of our editors. Thank you for your attention. Badbilltucker 17:03, 30 December 2006 (UTC)


Recruiting editors to make up for attrition is a constant task.

According to Wikipedia:WikiProject Council/Guide/WikiProject, the most effective methods is through the use of the project banner template. The guide suggests that these go on the Talk Pages of articles, and not on the article main page.

Additional recruitment tactics include trawling through Molecular Biology Projects and finding participants who list signaling as an interest of theirs, and inviting them directly. Similarly, users who list signaling as an interest on the user page. Tip for finding these: go to signal transduction or cell signaling and click on What Links Here - look for User Pages and Project Pages, etc. Biochemza, 12:12, 3 November 2007 (UTC)

Willing to Help[edit]

Hi, I noticed an invitation to help on this project from some edit I had done on another page and so I wandered here and I'm willing to help, if you can use me (also, didn't mean to put up a big "new discussion" headline for this comment, but I didn't know where else to put it). Unfortunately I'm relatively new to the Wikipedia community, so I'm not really sure how to help.

I currently work in a signaling laboratory that focuses on nutrient signalling to the mTOR-S6 Kinase pathway. We do mostly in-vitro studies and have recently been interested in transcriptional regulation by the pathway.

I think this project is a great idea. I also think that the best way to organize it would be through diagrams, i.e. clickable diagrams akin to how Cell Signaling does it, although I understand that this would be extremely complicated. Best, Mhsia 18:17, 3 August 2006 (UTC)

Bravo guys. Wish I could help. How to depict information seems a point of interest. Hmmm, maybe I'll have something to say after boning up on it a bit. There is often a trade off between clarity and density, but a good 'architecture' can allow both. One problem seems to occur when one item has several different 'meanings' or functions. Perhaps some help from other communities, like logic, graphics, programmers, who?. How about Flash that splits/merges to show alternatives? Wblakesx 23:46, 18 October 2006 (UTC)wblakesx

Anybody still here?[edit]

Hi guy's you are doing a great job on the Hh pathway. I would be happy to help if you need any ideas or questions. I have helped create I have done most of creation along with reading almost every article that has come out on the Hh pathway. The site is a little outdated due to the PI being very ill and funding for the project has decreased. However, I would really like to help you guys out on wikipedia if needed. Warmest regards, email me at

Emailed with notification of project revival. Biochemza, 16:30, 2 November 2007 (UTC)

Project Management[edit]

This section deals with management of the actual project itself, such as the creation of templates, task forces, etc.

Projects within this WikiProject[edit]

Anyone who works in the cell signaling field knows its a huge, messy, poorly understood field. I think we should break this WikiProject down into more manageable projects, grouped by broad subject area. I am quite specialised in my particular field, so I wouldn't really be able to create a list of these mini-projects, but I think if we added projects according to our specialisation, it would eventually flesh out into a nice list, by itself.

For example, I would add something like Tyrosine kinase signaling to the Projects section, and then that mini-project would obviously focus on tyrosine kinases. At a later stage, it might even be further subdivided (Receptor PTKs vs Non-receptor PTKs or whatever) - as the workload calls for it.

Any comments? Biochemza, 02:25, 3 November 2007 (UTC)

Task Forces[edit]

As this project grows, it might be handy to form task forces to focus on specific things. Like fixing Categorisation, or whatever. See Wikipedia:WikiProject_Council/Guide/Task_forces. Discussions? Biochemza, 11:33, 3 November 2007 (UTC)


Existing Templates[edit]

Hey nice work on the templates, i'll start adding them to the appropriate articles and start expanding their content, one by one. Rockpocket 23:50, 6 June 2006 (UTC)

Project Banner[edit]

I have recently created a banner for Wikipedia:WikiProject Biology which has assessment parameters. I notice that your existing banner does not. Given the amount of overlap in the biology sector, and the concerns expressed elsewhere about the proliferation of project banners, I was wondering whether the members of this project would be interested in perhaps utilizing the Biology banner, with a "drop down tab" for this project, perhaps similar to the {{WPMILHIST}} banner. Doing so would permit for individual assessment for each project, as that is something the Military History banner does, while at the same time reducing the amount of banner "clutter" on talk pages. If you would be interested in such an arrangement, please let me know and I will work to revise the Biology banner to include the "drop-down" tab and make the other arrangements required for your project, as well as theirs, to have assessment data available. Thank you. John Carter 20:56, 27 April 2007 (UTC)

Is this offer still on the table? I think its a great idea. I've added it to the task list. Biochemza, 15:57, 2 November 2007 (UTC)
At this point it'll require that project's approval of course. I've posted a message on their talk page. If I don't get a clear negative response in a few days, I'll adjust that banner. If I do, I can always create a separate one for this project itself which would fulfill the same purposes. John Carter 16:20, 2 November 2007 (UTC)

I think the templates used on these other pages might also be useful guidelines/starting points:

Biochemza, 12:05, 3 November 2007 (UTC)
I found there already was an extant template for the project, so modified it for assessment and created the Wikipedia:WikiProject Cell Signaling/Assessment page to serve as a base section for the project. John Carter 16:56, 5 November 2007 (UTC)

Lipid Signaling NavBox[edit]

I think the lipid signaling navbox should be expanded to include many of the enzymes/substrates/products in Lipid_signaling. Biochemza, 20:10, 5 November 2007 (UTC)

Template Requests[edit]


Can someone create a userbox along the lines of "This user is a member of this project". Biochemza, 15:58, 2 November 2007 (UTC)

Welcome Template[edit]

A Welcome template new participants. See Welcome Wagon. Biochemza,

Project directory[edit]

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Welcome Wagon[edit]

I think we should have a welcome wagon. Nothing quite as formal as a welcoming committee (because, frankly, that seems like too much hard work), but if participants are checking this project and notice someone new signed up, it would be nice to drop them a line on their Talk page to say hello and welcome. Creating a Project-specific Welcome template might be the way to go? Biochemza, 21:11, 3 November 2007 (UTC)

General Topic Discussions[edit]

Cell Signaling Diagrams[edit]

check out Burke's Reconnections and the Visual Thesaurus.Wblakesx 22:52, 19 November 2006 (UTC)wblakesx

JWSchmidt and I were talking about adding in signaling diagrams on the relevant protein pages.

One thing I thing would be useful would be if the diagrams were actually hyper-linked, such that you could click from the protein name in the figure to the relevant article.

There are complications, obviously, to the idea of having such diagrams:

1) Some proteins, like Akt for example, link into multipe signaling pathways

2) Not everyone agrees on all the signaling points

3) Some signaling interactions are tissue specific.

4) Some signaling interactions are cell-stage specific (for example there are differences in signaling between the proliferation-competent cell and the cell once it is differentiated into a particular tissue-type and becomes post-mitotic).

But even with these problems, it seems that giving the signaling context to every protein that participates in signaling pathways would be extremely useful.

This would require coordinating with the large "Protein" project and their templates as well... and would require a section for every protein that is in a signaling pathway as to its role in that pathway.

Just some suggestions...

Gacggt 19:00, 18 June 2006 (UTC)

I was actually just reading your conversation with JWSchmidt. I've been thinking along the same lines. However, I imagine hyperlinked diagrams will be very restricted in what they can portray (looking at the examples on [1], I don't know how flexible the scripting language is). Here my thoughts on this: I was thinking of having a single pathway page with a diagram and links to individual proteins. This would get around point 1). The protein page could provide more detail on the protein's immediate interactions. I don't think it is appropriate to duplicate the signaling diagram for the entire pathway on protein pages. However, if a particular protein, say EGF-R, has a wide range of notable interactions, these could be illustrated, a sort of mini-pathway diagram. Regarding 2), I think controversial points should be discussed in the text, but avoided in diagrams. I am not sure if it's worth illustrating 3), it could get very messy.
This is a diagram I've done recently - Image:Sonic_hedgehog_pathway.png. Let me know what you think.
There is another problem - pathways differ considerably between species. What I was thinking of doing for Sonic hedgehog (which in my opinion should be moved to Hedgehog (cell signaling), with only protein SHH protein specific info remaining), is describing the insect and mammalian pathways in separate sections of the article. Peter Z.Talk 19:32, 18 June 2006 (UTC)
Clearly there needs to be conventions; for example, I'd suggest a bias to mammalian signaling. However, for pathways such as SHH where a lot of the work has been done in drosophila, there should be a distinct diagram to illustrate differences. Obviously, some pathways such as mating types in yeast are specific to the organism - and for those there would not be an issue about species.
I guess I agree with you about keeping things simple. So maybe the idea of hyper-linking from the actual diagram is too ambitious right now.
As for flash/animation - that would still be very useful to illustrate some points, like how phosphorylation alters protein-protein interactions... but if this ever becomes available, it can be put on the more general "phosphorylation" page.
So we're in agreement about having single pathway pages, with links to the proteins involved in the pathway.
But we still need to deal with significant differences/changes in terms of tissue specificity. For example in proliferation-competent cells, the Ras/Raf pathway synergizes with the PI3K/Akt pathway. But in differentiated muscle and nerve, Akt shuts down Raf. And Akt has distinct roles in muscle and nerve.
It is not a simple subject you've initiated!

Gacggt 12:03, 19 June 2006 (UTC)

Now that I think of it in Flash it would be really easy to hyperlink proteins. Another alternative is SVG, which also supports animations. However, I've had a lot of trouble with it lately and it'll take a while before it's readily usable. Peter Z.Talk 18:26, 19 June 2006 (UTC)

Okay, this is what I think the main ideas/questions are:

  • A single diagram for each major pathway; however, what constitutes a separate signaling pathway could be debatable in some cases;
  • Animated diagrams would be ideal - probably SWF format, hyperlinked to Wikipedia articles devoted to individual proteins;
  • Diagrams should be drawn to a single standard. My suggestions:
  1. a common colour scheme for receptors/kinases/transcription factors etc.
  2. an agreed way to portray protein domains and covalent modifications
  3. the same goes for membranes
  • Focus on human biology (there are sometimes differences between human and mouse, especially when you get to the details of transciptional regulation), keeping in mind the suggestions of Gacggt and myself above.
  • How to deal with cell type differences?
  • How to illustrate the steps of signal transduction with unknown mechanisms without introducing misunderstandings?

Peter Z.Talk 19:19, 19 June 2006 (UTC)

one last question...

  • How to edit pathways when new data comes along?

Gacggt 20:40, 19 June 2006 (UTC)

If we use a vector format (Flash and SVG both are) it shouldn't be a problem. Peter Z.Talk 20:53, 19 June 2006 (UTC)

Peter Z.Talk mentioned that he would incorporate the scheme used in my diagrams for the TGF beta signaling pathway, which he did in the JAK-STAT signaling pathway. I created a page in my sandbox proposing a scheme that we can use in images in the project. I agree that the images should be drawn to a single standard and I think we should work out one. Check it out here (proposed scheme) and tell me what you think and then we can move it over to the project page and iron out the details. --GAThrawn22 07:58, 3 July 2006 (UTC)

I moved the page the proposed page to Wikipedia:WikiProject Molecular and Cellular Biology/Diagram guide. Feel free to take a look and make any changes, additions, or discuss the scheme. --GAThrawn22 19:25, 8 July 2006 (UTC)

Article structure[edit]

I am not sure that a single sucture for signaling pathway articles is going to work. Pathways are pretty abstract concepts and exist only as a biologist's way of organising their research... PS Otherwise I think this project is a good idea. A lot of quite important (I would think) articles on this subject are in a really sad state. I'll try to encourage more people to participate. The Meaning of Liff 20:18, 6 June 2006 (UTC)

Pathway names[edit]

What do you think of these names? (source)

  • Two-component system
  • MAPK signaling pathway
  • Wnt signaling pathway
  • Notch signaling pathway
  • Hedgehog signaling pathway
  • TGF-beta signaling pathway
  • VEGF signaling pathway
  • Jak-STAT signaling pathway
  • Calcium signaling pathway
  • Phosphatidylinositol signaling system
  • mTOR signaling pathway

--JWSchmidt 03:30, 25 June 2006 (UTC)

John, I hope you don't mind me moving your suggestions here. This list looks good. When it comes to naming articles I think we could drop the "pathway" from the title. It's quite meaningless and I wouldn't really describe calcium signaling as a single pathway, for instance. Obviously, this list isn't complete, but we can accept as guide/convention for naming articles in the future.
I think we could mentioned a proposed rename on the talk pages of the articles involved and leave a link to this page. If there are no objections after a few days we could go ahead and move them. --Peter Z.Talk 18:28, 25 June 2006 (UTC)
I'd have to agree with dropping the "pathway" from the suggested names. Its meaningless for an article title, and in many (if not most?) cases, there is more than one pathway. Biochemza, 16:12, 2 November 2007 (UTC)

Notable labs[edit]

I propose to add links to most notable labs working on a particular pathway in external links sections of articles. It is too much to hope that the articles will always be maintained up to date. It could help students and researchers new to the subject get up to speed on the latest developments. As this could become a vehicle of shameless self promotion, we need strict criteria for inclusion. Generally, the lab must be accepted among the majority of researchers in the subject area as influential, but this is near impossible to verify. I suggest these rules:

  • Limit the list to 4-5 groups and use these criteria for notability:
  • The pathway must the central research interest of the lab;
  • The lab must have published a large number of papers describing one of the following:
  1. a novel component of the pathway;
  2. the precise role of a component in the pathway;
  3. a new role of the pathway in human development/homeostasis/disease.

--Peter Z.Talk 20:21, 26 June 2006 (UTC)

Hi... actually I think this is too much of a judgement call. It seems fine to list references, and to point to seminal papers - but annointing a sub-set of signaling labs as the most important seems fraught with problems. Just my opinion. Also, one would point to different labs for different contexts, even in the same pathway. Sorry but I strongly disagree with this idea. Gacggt 20:28, 26 June 2006 (UTC)

Yep, I do have the same concerns. The idea is that by following links to lab homepages a reader could find out about papers that had not been published when the article was last updated. Although, I guess a more experienced reader could simply check what the authors of the key referenced papers have been up to lately. Peter Z.Talk 20:34, 26 June 2006 (UTC)


I have just realised that we have both Category:Signal transduction and Category:Cell signaling. Now, we do need separate articles for these terms, but I don't think separate categories are justified. I suggest to move all articles to Cell signaling and get rid of signal transduction. I am not sure how category mechanics/bureaucracy works, need to look it up.

It is also about time we agreed on a category system. I suggest we create these subcategories in Category:Cell signaling: Signaling pathways, Ligands (alternatively Cell signaling ligands), Receptors (alternatively Cell signaling receptors), Kinases, Transcription factors. Articles relevant to a particular pathway could be linked together using navboxes, modelled after TGF_beta_signaling_pathway#Summary_table. If there are no objections, I'll proceed to sort things out. It's the best I can do until I get full text access to journals and can get back to writing. Peter Z.Talk 13:28, 8 July 2006 (UTC)

I agree. --GAThrawn22 19:17, 8 July 2006 (UTC)

OK, I have to cross the continent tomorrow. I'll sort things out next week. --Peter Z.Talk 20:37, 14 July 2006 (UTC)

Great idea! Biochemza, 13:30, 2 November 2007 (UTC)

Sub categories[edit]

I have created the following sub-categories in (or moved them to sub-categories of) Category:Cell signaling:

Biochemza, 18:13, 2 November 2007 (UTC)

Ok, I'm getting fed up listing all the subcategories I add. Just refresh the Category:Cell signaling page. Biochemza, 01:29, 3 November 2007 (UTC)

Category renaming/merging/deletions[edit]

I propose that Category:Tyrosine kinase receptors be renamed to Category:Receptor tyrosine kinases. The first term implies that tyrosine kinases are ligands that bind to specific receptors, whereas the term actually means receptors that have a tyrosine kinase motif on the cytosolic domain, or discrete, soluble tyrosine kinases conformationally bound to the receptor cytosolic domain. I could be wrong though (I haven't actually clicked through and read all the articles linking to that category - who knows, maybe I would have learned something). What thoughts/disagreements/comments? Biochemza, 03:28, 3 November 2007 (UTC)


I think it would be really great to have a Cell Signaling Portal. Check out these featured Portals:

Biochemza, 11:52, 3 November 2007 (UTC)

Specific Article/Topic Requests for Help[edit]


Whoa!!! Adding choleseterol as a postranslation modification (what's the name of it - cholesteroylation or something? Do we have an article about this?) with roles in protein trafic and cell signaling?!? We thought we know everething about the ol' membrane fella - it's been researched for some half a century, at least. Why doesn't SHH-N stay anchored to the plasma membrane the way the mirystoylated proteins are (cholesterol in fully extended state is as long as myristate if not longer) but instead leaves the cell, does DISP have anything to do with it? Why is the presence of cholesterol moiety so important for the receptor/ligand recogntion? What would happen if the cholesterol moiety is cleaved off SHH-N outside the cell in a regulated manner? Would the reduction of cholesterol content inside the cells due to cholesterol lowering diets affect somehow these processes? Are there any drugs outthere that inhibit any of the cholesterol-dependent events - cholesterol attachment, excretion and PTCH binding? Sorry, i couldn't help it, i read this new stuff and my head started spinning around. -- Boris 03:25, 19 June 2006 (UTC)

Heh, it's a strange one, isn't it? Have a look here [2] in the hedgehog ligands section, they have a good set of references. The way SHH-N diffuses is very strange indeed, in vitro it diffuses freely in the culture medium, although secreting cells do retain plasma membrane SHH-immunoreactivity. SHH signals best when its multimerised, AFAIK under non-denaturing conditions it shows up as a massive (100s kDa) complex) on gels. The Patched receptor actually sequesters the hedgehog ligand, possibly through cholesterol binding to Patched sterol-sensing domain. The result is that the hedgehog signal weakens after passing thorugh a HH responsive field. In flies, removal of cholesterol results in increased range of signaling. DISP appears to be required only for signaling cholesterol modified SHH. See PubMed for a good discussion of DISP and cholesterol. I don't know of any drugs that target the hedgehog pathway at the level of ligand, the absolute majority target Smoothened. I don't think anyone's looked if reduction of cellular cholesterol affects SHH modification. I think it's possible that it does. ADAM metalloproteases, for example, are modulated by cholesterol content of the cell. That's all I really know, I hope the links above help answer your questions. Peter Z.Talk 11:33, 19 June 2006 (UTC)
Btw the cholesterol is added is added by the C-terminal non-signaling domain of SHH, that catalyses the autocleavage. That makes it a cholesterol transferase! --Peter Z.Talk 11:36, 19 June 2006 (UTC)

Regarding Kisspeptin[edit]

Would anyone like to help me make a page for the GnRH regulating protein kisspeptin. There isn't one on Wikipedia|T 18:35, 14 November 2006 (UTC)


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Merge this with Wikipedia:WikiProject Molecular and Cellular Biology?[edit]

Was browsing around when I noticed this wikiproject. Am I correct to assume that this wikiproject is not as active as it used to be? Or is there perhaps just not much to discuss on the talk page? Either way I was thinking of stepping up and merging this entire project under the Wikipedia:WikiProject Molecular and Cellular Biology project as a task force? Would anyone have any comments that they would like to bring up? Everything on this page will remain the same, only difference/change would be to merge the wikiproject template talk page tags as one (so the template would look like: {{WPMCB|cell-signaling=yes}}. My hope is that this might increase viewership levels of this particular project for those who might have an incling towards this field of molecular biology (via noticing this page from the MCB project). I shall also post this on the MCB proposal talk page. Cheers. Calaka (talk) 11:08, 5 May 2009 (UTC)

Inter/intracellar signal transduction[edit]

Does anyone have any good techniques/suggestions/etc for outlining signal transduction outside or inside a cell without using cartoons/diagrams (i.e. some type of all-text approach)? ---kilbad (talk) 01:33, 11 June 2009 (UTC)

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Interested in starting or improving topics on vesicles and protein (amino acid signaling sequences) signaling[edit]

I already posted on the guest list (have no ideia if anyone looks at that), im a student of celular and molecular biology and i would like to contribute to the cell signaling project. As the title says i would be interted in starting or improving those topics, but I have no ideia how to incorporate all that, since it need referals to several diferent situation in cell metabolism. Should this be treated as a diferent subject to every diferent protein and marker on the cell? should diferent pages be created for diferent examples? All on the same page? example: Snares and Rabs participate on the same process and interact together, but they're on diferent wiki pages. Thank you Miguel AngeloR 04:37, 7 December 2010 (UTC) —Preceding unsigned comment added by Miguel AngeloR (talkcontribs)


Any objections if I propose deletion of the signal transduction stub type? Category:Signal transduction stubs contains a rather arbitrary collection of 13 pages, most of which could go into Category:Receptor stubs or Category:Transmembrane receptor stubs. Thanks, ἀνυπόδητος (talk) 17:14, 12 September 2011 (UTC)

Outdated articles?[edit]

Comments on Wikipedia:Village_pump_(idea_lab)#Static_vs_dynamic_topics:_seriously_outdated_articles will be appreciated, so we can get a general perspective on this. Thanks. History2007 (talk) 13:28, 22 May 2012 (UTC)

Cell Biology Textbook[edit]

Hello all! I’m working with the Saylor foundation to create a series of original, crowd-sourced textbooks that will be openly licensed and freely available on the web and within Saylor’s free, self-paced courses at We are using Wikibooks as a platform to host this project and hope to garner the interest of existing members of the Wikibooks and Wikipedia community, as well as bring in new members! We thought that some of your members may be interested in contributing to our book's Cell Biology.(talk) --Thomas Simpson (talk) 17:36, 22 August 2012 (UTC)

Wikipedia Education Project in a Signal Transduction Class: Advice requested[edit]

I am planning on having students in an advanced Signal Transduction class edit Wikipedia pages as a class assignment for Spring 2013 semester. Everything they do should be related to Wikipedia:WikiProject Cell Signaling, but this project is listed as inactive on Wikipedia:WikiProject Molecular and Cellular Biology. At the end of the semester, I do not expect much continued activity within this WikiProject, so I am unsure as to whether to instruct my students to tag appropriate pages with the Cell Signaling WikiProject Banner or whether to work exclusively through WP:MCB. I'm still pretty new on Wikipedia and would appreciate advice from those who have been active here in the past. In addition, I would be grateful to anyone who is willing to help with reviewing articles. We have signed up with WEP and do have an Ambassador working with our class, but the more readers, the better the outcome will be. Many thanks. Biolprof (talk) 05:11, 7 January 2013 (UTC)

Thanks for asking. I say please tag articles as under both projects if there is a good reason to. Otherwise please just tag as under cell signaling. For the purposes of this semester, I consider this project now "active"! =) General instructions on adding templates to talk pages can be found here: User:Biosthmors/Intro_Neuro#WikiProject_Templates. Please let me know on my talk page there if there is unclear wording in that section. (I know I should add the cell signaling template there now.) Thanks again for posting here. Best. Biosthmors (talk) 20:33, 9 January 2013 (UTC)

Article/Project idea for Signal Transduction Class[edit]

Hi all,

I'm one of the students that is enrolled in Signal Transduction in Spring 2013, and I was wondering if I could get some feedback from anyone on these potential areas I have selected for topics. All of them are start-class pages on wikipedia, so I know information could definitely be added to them. I have also found a substantial amount of sources (primary sources and secondary sources, including review articles), and I have included several links to different articles with each topic. Again, any feedback would be great! Thanks in advanced, and I hope to hear back from some of you! MChapman5 (talk) 07:50, 29 January 2013 (UTC)

Signal Transduction of Ubiquitin in Plant Immunity

I was toying with the idea of tying in several areas of molecular bio for this project. More specifically, I was doing some research on signaling in plant immunity to see how ubiquitin works in the signal transduction of their immunology. The page on plant immunity is only rated as a start, and they have a section dedicated to plant defense in signal transduction; yet there are no specific molecules or pathways displayed. However, doing a quick Google search, I pulled several scholarly articles from PubMed, the NCBI, and several Cell Bio journals that could definitely add to this information.

Here are some links:

  1. Ubiquitin in Plant Immunity
  2. The Plant Cell
  3. Plant Immune Signaling

RING finger domain and ubiquitylation function

This topic revolves around a protein domain known as RING finger domain. They play a role in the ubiquitin pathway; especially with cancer pathways, mitosis, and viral infection. This domain is a little more specific than say a broad topic like GPCR or RTK, but it still is general enough to encompass several areas of research and integration of topics. The wikipedia page I found on it lists it as a start-class, so it has a lot of room for development.

Here are some links:

  1. Ubiquitin Conformation Control
  2. Mitotic Stress Pathway
  3. RING Domain
  4. RING-finger Antiviral Activity

Signaling in Heat Shock Proteins

Trying to pick a broad topic, I thought that maybe HSP would be an interesting thing to play around with. Wikipedia says that the page is a start-class, and it is of mid importance (which I agree with). However, there is much more information that could be added to this field--especially the fact that the HSP are involved in several modes of signaling. Topics relating the types of signaling and functions they serve in cells (both animal and plant) may be an interesting subject to explore for Wikipedia as well as the class lecture.

Here are some links:

  1. Signal Transduction and Heat Shock Transcription
  2. Calmodulin and Heat Shock Signal Transduction
  3. Heat Shock Transduction in Arabidopsis
  4. Heat Shock Proteins and Apoptosis Signaling
  5. Heat Shock Protein and the Immune Response

Signal Transduction Project[edit]

I think I'm pretty committed to working on the SR protein page. Wikipedia rates it as a stub and low-importance, but I still believe it would be a good topic for my wikipedia project. The article is bare bones at best and could really use a lot of help and I've found a bunch of review papers that I think the page could benefit from.

Potential Articles

  • SR protein family of splicing factors [3]
  • Plant serine/arginine-rich proteins [4]
  • SR proteins in vertical integration of gene expression [5]
  • The SR protein family [6]

Even though wikipedia does not rate the SR protein page as high or even mid-importance, the page could be filled out significantly and wikipedia would be better because of it.

Any suggestions about wikipedia and SR proteins would be welcome and appreciated. BreCaitlin (talk) 01:28, 1 February 2013 (UTC)

Gpruett2's Potential Project Articles[edit]

These are my potential articles for this assignment in my Signal Transduction course and my reasoning for my choices. I based most of my choices off of the research with which I am currently helping. This research involves working to produce vaccines for antigens specific to breast cancer cells. If you have any suggestions in relation to these articles, I am more than willing to take your recommendations or criticism. Thank you for your consideration.

Potential Article Reasoning for Choice
Wnt Signaling Pathway
  • It needs a lot of editing and it has implications in breast cancer.[1]
  • It is also a major signaling pathway in developmental biology.[2]
  • Mutations in frizzled are associated with cancer and could be a potential target for immunotherapy.[3]
Janus Kinase
  • mutations in JAK proteins are associated with breast cancer.[4]
IL-2 receptor
  • It is the receptor of Interleukin-2, a cytokine responsible for T-Cell Proliferation.[5]
  • It is used in the development of immunotherapies.[5]
  • It is the cytokine used in the research in which I am participating.

Hakkinen2013 Signal Transduction Potential Articles[edit]

Adhesion-GPCRs There is a lot of empty space and plenty of areas where information can be added. I would like to also combine it with the following three links.

Crosstalk (biology) I would like to add more about GPCRs here.

GPR126 Add details about this adhesion GPCR.

ErbB Add more details about this Receptor Tyrosine Kinase pathway.

If anyone has a suggestion I am very open. Please add it to my talk page talk:Hakkinen2013

Hakkinen2013 (talk) 01:18, 5 February 2013 (UTC)


  1. ^ DiMeo, T. A.; Anderson, K.; Phadke, P.; Feng, C.; Perou, C. M.; Naber, S.; Kuperwasser, C. (1 July 2009). "A Novel Lung Metastasis Signature Links Wnt Signaling with Cancer Cell Self-Renewal and Epithelial-Mesenchymal Transition in Basal-like Breast Cancer". Cancer Research 69 (13): 5364–5373. doi:10.1158/0008-5472.CAN-08-4135. 
  2. ^ Gilbert, Scott F. (2010). Developmental biology (9th ed. ed.). Sunderland, Mass.: Sinauer Associates. ISBN 9780878933846. 
  3. ^ Castle, J. C.; Kreiter, S.; Diekmann, J.; Lower, M.; van de Roemer, N.; de Graaf, J.; Selmi, A.; Diken, M.; Boegel, S.; Paret, C.; Koslowski, M.; Kuhn, A. N.; Britten, C. M.; Huber, C.; Tureci, O.; Sahin, U. (11 January 2012). "Exploiting the Mutanome for Tumor Vaccination". Cancer Research 72 (5): 1081–1091. doi:10.1158/0008-5472.CAN-11-3722. 
  4. ^ Ding, Li; Ellis, Matthew J.; Li, Shunqiang; Larson, David E.; Chen, Ken; Wallis, John W.; Harris, Christopher C.; McLellan, Michael D.; Fulton, Robert S.; Fulton, Lucinda L.; Abbott, Rachel M.; Hoog, Jeremy; Dooling, David J.; Koboldt, Daniel C.; Schmidt, Heather; Kalicki, Joelle; Zhang, Qunyuan; Chen, Lei; Lin, Ling; Wendl, Michael C.; McMichael, Joshua F.; Magrini, Vincent J.; Cook, Lisa; McGrath, Sean D.; Vickery, Tammi L.; Appelbaum, Elizabeth; DeSchryver, Katherine; Davies, Sherri; Guintoli, Therese; Lin, Li; Crowder, Robert; Tao, Yu; Snider, Jacqueline E.; Smith, Scott M.; Dukes, Adam F.; Sanderson, Gabriel E.; Pohl, Craig S.; Delehaunty, Kim D.; Fronick, Catrina C.; Pape, Kimberley A.; Reed, Jerry S.; Robinson, Jody S.; Hodges, Jennifer S.; Schierding, William; Dees, Nathan D.; Shen, Dong; Locke, Devin P.; Wiechert, Madeline E.; Eldred, James M.; Peck, Josh B.; Oberkfell, Benjamin J.; Lolofie, Justin T.; Du, Feiyu; Hawkins, Amy E.; O’Laughlin, Michelle D.; Bernard, Kelly E.; Cunningham, Mark; Elliott, Glendoria; Mason, Mark D.; Thompson Jr, Dominic M.; Ivanovich, Jennifer L.; Goodfellow, Paul J.; Perou, Charles M.; Weinstock, George M.; Aft, Rebecca; Watson, Mark; Ley, Timothy J.; Wilson, Richard K.; Mardis, Elaine R. (15 April 2010). "Genome remodelling in a basal-like breast cancer metastasis and xenograft". Nature 464 (7291): 999–1005. doi:10.1038/nature08989. 
  5. ^ a b Correale, P.; Nieroda, C.; Zaremba, S.; Zhu, M.; Schlom, J.; Tsang, K. Y.; Konstantin, W. (19 February 1997). "In Vitro Generation of Human Cytotoxic T Lymphocytes Specific for Peptides Derived From Prostate-Specific Antigen". JNCI Journal of the National Cancer Institute 89 (4): 293–300. doi:10.1093/jnci/89.4.293. 

Gpruett2 (talk) 07:23, 4 February 2013 (UTC)

Comment on the WikiProject X proposal[edit]

Hello there! As you may already know, most WikiProjects here on Wikipedia struggle to stay active after they've been founded. I believe there is a lot of potential for WikiProjects to facilitate collaboration across subject areas, so I have submitted a grant proposal with the Wikimedia Foundation for the "WikiProject X" project. WikiProject X will study what makes WikiProjects succeed in retaining editors and then design a prototype WikiProject system that will recruit contributors to WikiProjects and help them run effectively. Please review the proposal here and leave feedback. If you have any questions, you can ask on the proposal page or leave a message on my talk page. Thank you for your time! (Also, sorry about the posting mistake earlier. If someone already moved my message to the talk page, feel free to remove this posting.) Harej (talk) 22:47, 1 October 2014 (UTC)

WikiProject X is live![edit]

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Hello everyone!

You may have received a message from me earlier asking you to comment on my WikiProject X proposal. The good news is that WikiProject X is now live! In our first phase, we are focusing on research. At this time, we are looking for people to share their experiences with WikiProjects: good, bad, or neutral. We are also looking for WikiProjects that may be interested in trying out new tools and layouts that will make participating easier and projects easier to maintain. If you or your WikiProject are interested, check us out! Note that this is an opt-in program; no WikiProject will be required to change anything against its wishes. Please let me know if you have any questions. Thank you!

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