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Endogenous Alkylglycerol Functions As A Mediator Of Protein Kinase C Activity And Cell Proliferation, Fritz G. Buchanan May 1997

Endogenous Alkylglycerol Functions As A Mediator Of Protein Kinase C Activity And Cell Proliferation, Fritz G. Buchanan

Electronic Theses and Dissertations

To explore the possibility that 1-O-alkyl-sn-glycerol (alkylglycerol) may serve a regulatory role in the control of cell proliferation or PKC activity, we examined the ability of alkylglycerol to influence PKC activity and subcellular distribution as well as the ability of alkylglycerol to effect cell proliferation. MDCK cells grown to confluence show a loss of PKC activity associated with the membrane, as reported in fibroblasts. Preconfluent cultures of MDCK cells have a high level of PKC activity associated with the membrane. However, treatment of preconfluent cultures with alkylglycerol causes a reduction of PKC activity. A similar inhibition was observed with alkylglycerol ...


Endosome To Golgi Retrieval Of The Vacuolar Protein Sorting Receptor, Vps10p, Requires The Function Of The Vps29, Vps30, And Vps35 Gene Products, Matthew N. J. Seaman, Eric G. Marcusson, Joan Lin-Cereghino, Scott D. Emr Apr 1997

Endosome To Golgi Retrieval Of The Vacuolar Protein Sorting Receptor, Vps10p, Requires The Function Of The Vps29, Vps30, And Vps35 Gene Products, Matthew N. J. Seaman, Eric G. Marcusson, Joan Lin-Cereghino, Scott D. Emr

College of the Pacific Faculty Articles

Mutations in the S. cerevisiae VPS29 and VPS30 genes lead to a selective protein sorting defect in which the vacuolar protein carboxypeptidase Y (CPY) is missorted and secreted from the cell, while other soluble vacuolar hydrolases like proteinase A (PrA) are delivered to the vacuole. This phenotype is similar to that seen in cells with mutations in the previously characterized VPS10 and VPS35 genes. Vps10p is a late Golgi transmembrane protein that acts as the sorting receptor for soluble vacuolar hydrolases like CPY and PrA, while Vps35p is a peripheral membrane protein which cofractionates with membranes enriched in Vps10p. The ...


Introduction Of A [4fe-4s (S-Cys)4]+1,+2 Iron-Sulfur Center Into A Four-Α Helix Protein Using Design Parameters From The Domain Of The Fx Cluster In The Photosystem I Reaction Center, Marvin Paul Scott, John Biggins Feb 1997

Introduction Of A [4fe-4s (S-Cys)4]+1,+2 Iron-Sulfur Center Into A Four-Α Helix Protein Using Design Parameters From The Domain Of The Fx Cluster In The Photosystem I Reaction Center, Marvin Paul Scott, John Biggins

Agronomy Publications

We describe the insertion of an iron-sulfur center into a designed four α-helix model protein. The model protein was re-engineered by introducing four cysteine ligands required for the coordination of the mulinucleate cluster into positions in the main-chain directly analogous to the domain predicted to ligand the interpeptide [4Fe-4S (S-cys)4] cluster, Fx, from PsaA and PsaB of the Photosystem I reaction center. This was achieved by inserting the sequence, CDGPGRGGTC, which is conserved in PsaA and PsaB, into interhelical loops 1 and 3 of the four α-helix model. The holoprotein was characterized spectroscopically after insertion of the iron-sulfur center ...


A Heterodimer Of Thioredoxin And Ib2 Cooperates With Sec18p (Nsf) To Promote Yeast Vacuole Inheritance, Zuoyu Xu, Andreas Mayer, Eric Muller, William Wickner Jan 1997

A Heterodimer Of Thioredoxin And Ib2 Cooperates With Sec18p (Nsf) To Promote Yeast Vacuole Inheritance, Zuoyu Xu, Andreas Mayer, Eric Muller, William Wickner

Open Dartmouth: Faculty Open Access Scholarship

Early in S phase, the vacuole (lysosome) of Saccharomyces cerevisiae projects a stream of vesicles and membranous tubules into the bud where they fuse and establish the daughter vacuole. This inheritance reaction can be studied in vitro with isolated vacuoles. Rapid and efficient homotypic fusion between saltwashed vacuoles requires the addition of only two purified soluble proteins, Sec18p (NSF) and LMA1, a novel heterodimer with a thioredoxin subunit. We now report the identity of the second subunit of LMA1 as IB2, a previously identified cytosolic inhibitor of vacuolar proteinase B. Both subunits are needed for efficient vacuole inheritance in vivo ...


Gene Expression Studies Of Murine Pregnancy Associated Granulated Metrial Gland And Decidual Cells , Melissa Phillips Allen Jan 1997

Gene Expression Studies Of Murine Pregnancy Associated Granulated Metrial Gland And Decidual Cells , Melissa Phillips Allen

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

During pregnancy in viviparous mammals, the maternal decidua develops between the embryo and the uterine endometrium. This dissertation describes research on two different cell types present within the rodent decidua during pregnancy, namely, granulated metrial gland (GMG) cells and decidual cells;GMG cells are natural killer cells that proliferate and differentiate within the murine uterus during pregnancy. Their differentiation is associated with the accumulation of cytolytic mediators within cytoplasmic granules. The signaling mechanisms required for GMG cell differentiation, however, are largely unknown. In this study, expression of the genes coding for granzymes D, E, F, and G (granzymes D-G) was ...


The Drosophila Melanogaster Rad54 Homolog, Dmrad54, Is Involved In The Repair Of Radiation Damage And Recombination, Rolf Kooistra, José B. M. Zonneveld, Anja De Jong, Jan C. J. Eeken, Chris J. Osgood, Jean-Marie Buerstedde, Paul H. M. Lohman, Albert Pastink Jan 1997

The Drosophila Melanogaster Rad54 Homolog, Dmrad54, Is Involved In The Repair Of Radiation Damage And Recombination, Rolf Kooistra, José B. M. Zonneveld, Anja De Jong, Jan C. J. Eeken, Chris J. Osgood, Jean-Marie Buerstedde, Paul H. M. Lohman, Albert Pastink

Biological Sciences Faculty Publications

The RAD54 gene of Saccharomyces cerevisiae plays a crucial role in recombinational repair of double-strand breaks in DNA. Here the isolation and functional characterization of the RAD54 homolog of the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster, DmRAD54, are described. The putative Dmrad54 protein displays 46 to 57% identity to its homologs from yeast and mammals. DmRAD54 RNA was detected at all stages of fly development, but an increased level was observed in early embryos and ovarian tissue. To determine the function of DmRAD54, a null mutant was isolated by random mutagenesis. DmRAD54-deficient flies develop normally, but the females are sterile. Early ...


Suppressor Analysis Of The Protein Kinase Elm1p, An Enzyme Involved In The Regulation Of Yeast Morphology , Nicholas Patrick Edgington Jan 1997

Suppressor Analysis Of The Protein Kinase Elm1p, An Enzyme Involved In The Regulation Of Yeast Morphology , Nicholas Patrick Edgington

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Saccharomyces cerevisiae is an ascomycete that has several developmental options, with concomitant morphological changes, that depend on cell type and nutrient status. In response to these signals, vegetative Saccharomyces cerevisiae cells assume one of two distinct morphologies, the yeast form or the filamentous form. Molecules affecting this morphogenetic response were identified by analyzing transposon-induced or spontaneous suppressor mutations that restore yeast form growth to a strain that constitutively exhibits filamentous form characteristics owing to mutation of the protein kinase Elm1p. One transposon-tagged mutation was isolated and is allelic to the negative regulatory subunit Bcy1p, thus activation of cAMP dependent protein ...


Differential Glycosylation Of Tractin And Leechcam, Two Novel Ig-Superfamily Members, Regulates Neurite Extension And Fascicle Formation , Yueqiao Huang Jan 1997

Differential Glycosylation Of Tractin And Leechcam, Two Novel Ig-Superfamily Members, Regulates Neurite Extension And Fascicle Formation , Yueqiao Huang

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Specific carbohydrate structures on neural cell adhesion molecules are promising candidates for assisting in patterning neural connections during development. An excellent system to study the potential function of specific oligosaccharide modifications of neural proteins regulating pathway formation is in the projections of sensillar neurons in leech. At least five different monoclonal antibodies (Lan3-2, Lan2-3, Lan4-2, Laz2-369, Laz7-79) which recognize different glycoepitopes specific to the entire population as well as distinct subsets of these sensillar neurons have been identified. Their expression patterns and antibody perturbation studies are consistent with the hypothesis that a hierarchy of distinct carbohydrate structures expressed by specific ...


Abnormalities In Post-Translational Processing Of Platelet Rap 1b In Niddm: A Possible Cause Of Platelet Hyperactivity And Cardiovascular Disease In Diabetes, Elizabeth Ann Hall Jan 1997

Abnormalities In Post-Translational Processing Of Platelet Rap 1b In Niddm: A Possible Cause Of Platelet Hyperactivity And Cardiovascular Disease In Diabetes, Elizabeth Ann Hall

Theses and Dissertations in Biomedical Sciences

Post-translational processing is critical for the appropriate subcellular localization and function of platelet G-proteins. The majority of the platelet responses to agonists are mediated through specific receptor/G-protein complexes. Therefore, G-protein activity is central to "normal" platelet activity (i.e. aggregation). We have shown that Simvastatin, the in vivo inhibitor of HMG CoA Reductase and therefore isoprenoid synthesis, inhibits the post-translational processing of specific platelet G-proteins and alters platelet responses to agonists. These results show the importance of post-translational processing of G-proteins to platelet activity. Altered post-translational processing of specific G-proteins may explain platelet hyperactivity and the increased incidence of ...


Involvement Of The Ras-Like Gtpase Rab3d In Rbl-2h3 Mast Cell Exocytosis Following Stimulation Via High Affinity Ige Receptors (Fcεri), Michele Roa, Fabienne Paumet, Joelle Le Mao, Bernard David, Ulrich Blank Dec 1996

Involvement Of The Ras-Like Gtpase Rab3d In Rbl-2h3 Mast Cell Exocytosis Following Stimulation Via High Affinity Ige Receptors (Fcεri), Michele Roa, Fabienne Paumet, Joelle Le Mao, Bernard David, Ulrich Blank

Fabienne Paumet

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