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July 23, 2010
In 2005, NIH awarded Islam $195,000 to support his study on how MEKK1, a mitogenic protein, regulates the polycystic kidney disease (PKD) gene. The NIH award was the first-ever for Northwest. During Islam's research during the previous funding period, his team identified a previously-unknown mechanism in which two independent regulators, MEKK1 and p53, an antitumor protein, come together to regulate the PKD gene.
The additional NIH grant funding will enable Islam to study this new mechanism further. Islam will research how it regulates the PKD gene and whether other genes are regulated by the new mechanism.
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