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Genetic Analysis Of Pseudohyphal Growth In The Budding Yeast Saccharomyces Cerevisiae , Melissa Jo Blacketer Jan 1994

Genetic Analysis Of Pseudohyphal Growth In The Budding Yeast Saccharomyces Cerevisiae , Melissa Jo Blacketer

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The budding yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae is a dimorphic organism that can assume either a yeast-like or pseudohyphal form. Nitrogen limitation induces pseudohyphal growth, which is characterized by branched chains of elongated cells. Pseudohyphal cells can grow invasively in agar medium, whereas yeast-like cells do not. To identify factors involved in morphologic differentiation, S. cerevisiae mutants exhibiting a constitutive cell elongation morphology were isolated. Genetic analysis identified 28 recessive and 2 semi-dominant mutations that cause abnormal morphology, and placed these in 14 distinct gene loci, termed ELM, for ELongated Morphology. Many elm mutations cause multiple aspects of pseudohyphal growth, and thus ...


Structure And Function Of Unmodified E. Coli Valine-Trna , Dongxian Yue Jan 1994

Structure And Function Of Unmodified E. Coli Valine-Trna , Dongxian Yue

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The effects of nucleoside modifications on E. coli tRNA[superscript]Val structure have been probed by imino [superscript]1H NMR. The NMR data shows that the structure of in vitro transcribed (unmodified) and native (modified) tRNA[superscript] Val are very similar in 15 mM Mg[superscript]2+. Temperature dependence of the spectra reveals that nucleoside modifications stabilize tertiary interactions between T and D loops. On removal of Mg[superscript]2+, unmodified tRNA[superscript] Val undergoes remarkable structural changes which are not observed in native tRNA[superscript] Val. There is near total disruption of the D stem and of tertiary interactions ...


Biochemical Characterization Of Plant Biotin-Containing Enzymes , Tomás Alberto Diez Jan 1994

Biochemical Characterization Of Plant Biotin-Containing Enzymes , Tomás Alberto Diez

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

3-Methylcrotonyl-CoA carboxylase has been purified and characterized from maize leaves. The enzyme is composed of two subunits, a biotin-containing polypeptide of 80 kDa, and a nonbiotin-containing polypeptide of 58 kDa. The native molecular weight of the holoenzyme is estimated at 853,000. The enzyme probably has an [alpha][subscript]6[beta][subscript]6 configuration. The kinetic constants for the substrates of 3-methylcrotonyl-CoA and its pH optimum were determined. The enzyme is allosterically activated by Mg[superscript]2+ and nonessentially activated by monovalent cations. The enzyme is strongly inhibited by acetoacetyl-CoA and by arginyl and sulfhydryl modifying reagents;The effect of ...


Regulation Of Mitogen Regulated Protein/Proliferin Gene Expression In 3t3 Cells By Basic Fibroblast Growth Factor , Manzoor Ali P. K. Mohideen Jan 1994

Regulation Of Mitogen Regulated Protein/Proliferin Gene Expression In 3t3 Cells By Basic Fibroblast Growth Factor , Manzoor Ali P. K. Mohideen

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Mitogen regulated protein/proliferin (MRP/PLF) is a murine uterine growth factor belonging to the prolactin/growth hormone gene superfamily. Basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF) regulates its expression in 3T3 cells and is speculated to be among its regulators in vivo. In order to gain insights into its regulation, experiments were performed to elucidate the mechanisms by which bFGF regulates mrp/plf gene expression in 3T3 cells. RT-PCR analyses demonstrated that of the three different forms of MRP/PLF proteins only one, PLF1, is expressed in these cells in response to bFGF. PLF1 could be the product of either plf42 ...


Dethiolation Of Protein Mixed-Disulfides , Che-Hun Jung Jan 1994

Dethiolation Of Protein Mixed-Disulfides , Che-Hun Jung

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The dithiol proteins, glutaredoxin, thioredoxin, and protein disulfide isomerase, were examined as dethiolases (i.e., reductases for protein mixed-disulfides) by studying the specificity and reactivity for an S-glutathiolated protein mixture. The 35S-glutathiolated protein mixture was prepared from 35S-labeled rat hepatocytes by diamide treatment. Dethiolation of individual 35S-labeled proteins was analyzed by combining SDS-PAGE and autoradiography. The dithiol proteins greatly enhanced dethiolation rates and could completely dethiolate all of the S-glutathiolated proteins. The dethiolation rate for individual proteins by each dithiol protein was compared and glutaredoxin was the most effective for every S-glutathiolated hepatocyte protein. When testing the reduction of insulin ...


Expression, Purification, Characterization, And Site-Directed Mutagenesis Of Phosphorylase Kinase [Upsilon] Subunit , Chi-Ying F. Huang Jan 1994

Expression, Purification, Characterization, And Site-Directed Mutagenesis Of Phosphorylase Kinase [Upsilon] Subunit , Chi-Ying F. Huang

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The overall aim was to elucidate the substrate specificity and regulatory properties of the catalytic subunit of phosphorylase kinase (PhK) to better understand how this enzyme works. I have expressed the PhK [gamma] subunit (full-length and seven truncated forms) in E. coli. One of the truncated forms of [gamma], [gamma][subscript]1-300 has a 2-fold higher specific activity than the full-length [gamma], suggesting that an autoinhibitory domain(s) is located at the C-terminus of [gamma], [gamma][subscript]301-386. The truncated [gamma][subscript]1-300 purified to homogeneity has several properties similar to full-length [gamma], including its substrate specificity and metal ion ...