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Identification Of Stbel5 Rna As A Long-Distance Mobile Signal In Short-Day Facilitated Tuber Formation , Yueyue Yu Jan 2006

Identification Of Stbel5 Rna As A Long-Distance Mobile Signal In Short-Day Facilitated Tuber Formation , Yueyue Yu

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

In potato, the BEL1-like transcription factor, StBEL5 and its protein partner POTH1, regulate tuber formation by mediating hormone levels in the stolon tip. Heterografting experiments show that StBEL5 mRNA can move across the graft union to localize in stolon tips and enhance tuber formation. Over-expression of StBEL5 full-length transcripts including the untranslated regions (UTRs) endows transgenic lines with the capacity to overcome the long-day inhibitory effects on tuber formation.;In this study, the precise localization of endogenous StBEL5 mRNA and other gene specific transcripts in the vascular tissues were determined by laser microdissection coupled to laser pressure catapulting (LMPC) and ...


Genetic And Molecular Analysis Of Starch Synthases Functions In Maize And Arabidopsis , Xiaoli Zhang Jan 2006

Genetic And Molecular Analysis Of Starch Synthases Functions In Maize And Arabidopsis , Xiaoli Zhang

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Understanding the specific functions played by individual starch synthase isoforms in maize and Arabidopsis will provide important evidence for how highly organized starch structure is made. Starch synthases (SS) catalyze the transfer of the glucosyl moiety from ADP-Glc to the terminus of a growing alpha-(1, 4)-linked glucan linear chain. At least five classes of SSs are identified in higher species, referred to as GBSS, SSI, SSII, SSIII, and SSIVN. They have high similarity in the catalytic and starch-binding domains of the C-termini but differ at their N-termini. All of these enzymes are highly conserved in plant kingdom, which ...


Functional Analysis Of The Crinkly4 Gene Family In Arabidopsis Thaliana And Viviparous1 Promoter In Zea Mays , Xueyuan Cao Jan 2005

Functional Analysis Of The Crinkly4 Gene Family In Arabidopsis Thaliana And Viviparous1 Promoter In Zea Mays , Xueyuan Cao

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The cereal endosperm is an excellent system to study cell differentiation and fate specification. The aleurone of maize is one cell layer and requires continuous positional cues to specify and maintain its identity. A genetic hierarchy is implicated in this process. CRINKLY4 ( Cr4), a receptor-like kinase, belongs to cell fate-specifying genes and is required to specify aleurone cell identity. Viviparous1 ( Vp1), a B3 domain-containing transcription factor, functions late in development to regulate the expression of C1 in aleurone cells. It also plays an important regulatory role in late embryogenesis and seed maturation with abscisic acid (ABA).;The Arabidopsis genome encodes ...


Genetic Profiling Of Mycoplasma Hyopneumoniae , Melissa L. Madsen Jan 2005

Genetic Profiling Of Mycoplasma Hyopneumoniae , Melissa L. Madsen

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

A microarray was constructed and applied to transcriptional profiling and genetic variation studies of Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae. The genome sequence enabled the construction of the microarray to allow a global approach to understanding fundamental processes in M. hyopneumoniae . These studies focused on whether M. hyopneumoniae regulates its genes under different environmental conditions and if genetic changes can be correlated with virulence. The microarray consisted of 632 open reading frames represented by polymerase chain reaction products and were used in a two-color experimental design. Data were analyzed using a mixed linear statistical model. Unique features implemented in these studies included the printing ...


Analysis Of A Nuclear Complex Of Proteins That Form A Spindle Matrix During Mitosis In Drosophila , Uttama Rath Jan 2005

Analysis Of A Nuclear Complex Of Proteins That Form A Spindle Matrix During Mitosis In Drosophila , Uttama Rath

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

A spindle matrix is a macromolecular structure hypothesized to provide a stationary support or strut for the anchorage of motor proteins during force generation, microtubule sliding, and chromosome segregation in mitosis. Previous work in Drosophila has shown Skeletor, as the first putative molecular candidate of spindle matrix structure since it possesses many features consistent with the proposed spindle matrix structure.;We have identified two more putative spindle matrix candidate proteins, Chromator and Megator, using yeast two-hybrid interaction assay, cross-immunoprecipitation and immunocytochemistry. Chromator is a novel and essential chromodomain containing protein that interacts directly with Skeletor and extensively colocalizes with it ...


Investigation Of The Molecular Mechanism Of Fertility Restoration In Texas Cytoplasm Maize , David Stewart Skibbe Jan 2004

Investigation Of The Molecular Mechanism Of Fertility Restoration In Texas Cytoplasm Maize , David Stewart Skibbe

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Cytoplasmic male sterility (cms) is a maternally inherited inability to produce viable pollen. In Texas (T)-cytoplasm maize, the combined action of two restorer of fertility genes, rfl and rfla , can overcome the male sterile phenotype. Previous research established rf2a encodes a mitochondrial aldehyde dehydrogenase (ALDH) with broad substrate specificity. This broad substrate specificity complicates determining the molecular mechanism of rf2a-mediated fertility restoration. In response, a combination of transgenic, biochemical, reverse genetic, and genomic approaches were utilized. Three additional functional maize ALDH genes (rf2b, rf2c, and rf2d) with differing substrate specificities were identified. Each ALDH gene was characterized via in ...


Molecular And Functional Analysis Of Drosophila Hillarin And Its Leech Homolog , Yun Ji Jan 2004

Molecular And Functional Analysis Of Drosophila Hillarin And Its Leech Homolog , Yun Ji

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

This thesis describes the molecular and functional analysis of the leech Hillarin and its Drosophila homolog D-hil. Leech Hillarin was identified by screening a leech expression library with the mAb Lan3-15, which specifically labels the axon hillock region of leech neurons. Database searches revealed that leech Hillarin has a number of potential homologs in a variety of organisms such as yeast, cyanobacterium, fly, nematode, mouse and human and that these proteins share two novel protein domains, the W180 domain and the H domain. The W180 domain is enriched with tryptophans whereas the H domain shares high number of invariant residues ...


Structural And Molecular Analysis Of Leech Neuronal Proteins, Calsensin And Filamin , Deepa V. Venkitaramani Jan 2004

Structural And Molecular Analysis Of Leech Neuronal Proteins, Calsensin And Filamin , Deepa V. Venkitaramani

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

This thesis describes the structural and molecular analysis of two leech neuronal proteins, Calsensin and Filamin. Calsensin is an EF-hand calcium-binding protein expressed by a subset of peripheral sensory neurons which fasciculate into a single tract in the leech central nervous system. Calsensin is a 9 kD protein with two EF-hand calcium-binding motifs. Calsensin can multimerize via disulfide bridge formation involving the two cysteine residues in vitro. Furthermore, Calsensin shows differential gel migration depending on the presence or absence of calcium suggesting a conformational change upon calcium binding. Using multidimensional NMR spectroscopy we have determined the solution structure and backbone ...


Herpes Virus Icp47 And Us11 Suppression Of Ctl Activity Adapted For Use In Gene Therapy , Thomas Joseph Radosevich Jan 2003

Herpes Virus Icp47 And Us11 Suppression Of Ctl Activity Adapted For Use In Gene Therapy , Thomas Joseph Radosevich

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

A major stumbling block encountered in gene therapy clinical trials has been the rapid destruction of the therapeutic product by the host's immune response. The goal of this work is to diminish the host Cytotoxic T Lymphocyte (CTL) response to gene therapy transgenes and transduced cells by incorporating immunosuppression genes into gene therapy vectors. The processing and presentation of antigens through the class I Major Histocompatibility Complex (class I MHC) pathway is known to be an early response to viral infection. Disruption of the class I MHC pathway results in a decrease of the CD8+ CTL response and prolongs ...


Navigating Heterochromatin , Peter Fuerst Jan 2003

Navigating Heterochromatin , Peter Fuerst

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The condensed structure of heterochromatin differs significantly from euchromatin and DNA bound in heterochromatin is generally not transcriptionally active. Transcriptional silencing allows the control of gene expression and affords a novel mechanism of defense against genomic parasites. In addition, the physical structure of heterochromatin plays a direct role by contributing to centromere function in many eukaryotes. Mechanisms by which heterochromatin is established and maintained are only partly understood at this time. By studying the interaction of Ty5, a retrotransposon that integrates preferentially into heterochromatin-bound DNA, some of the basic biology of heterochromatin and the proteins that compose it were elucidated ...


Genetic And Phenotypic Variation Of The Equine Infectious Anemia Virus Surface Unit Envelope Glycoprotein During Disease Progression , Brett Alan Sponseller Jan 2003

Genetic And Phenotypic Variation Of The Equine Infectious Anemia Virus Surface Unit Envelope Glycoprotein During Disease Progression , Brett Alan Sponseller

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Lentiviruses are single-stranded RNA viruses generally associated with chronic diseases of the immune and central nervous systems. In contrast to the insidious, progressive nature of most lentiviral diseases, equine infectious anemia virus (EIAV) infection results in rapid onset of a variable disease course in equids. Acute disease is accompanied with high-titered viremia, thrombocytopenia, fever, depression, and inappetance. The chronic stage is usually characterized by recurrent episodes of disease. Equids that survive recurrent disease episodes progress to the inapparent stage of disease where no clinical signs are evident; however, there is persistent, ongoing virus replication. Lentiviruses exist within the host as ...


Molecular Interactions Of Talin And Actin: A Study On The Specific Domains Of Talin Involved In The Interactions , Ho-Sup Lee Jan 2002

Molecular Interactions Of Talin And Actin: A Study On The Specific Domains Of Talin Involved In The Interactions , Ho-Sup Lee

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Talin is an essential cytoskeletal protein present in cell-matrix type adherens junctions where it helps in attachment of the actin cytoskeleton to the plasma membrane. The nature of the interaction between talin and actin was examined in this dissertation by investigating three actin binding sites (ABS1--3), with ABS1 located in the 47 kDa N-terminal head and ABS2 and ABS3 present in the 190 kDa C-terminal tail of the talin molecule. Cosedimentation of expressed GST-fusion deletion constructs from the talin head with F-actin showed that actin binding activity of the talin head is contained within residues 271--320. Talin constructs containing the ...


Transcription Factors Involved In The Development Of Potato (Solanum Tuberosum L) , Faye Michelle Rosin Jan 2002

Transcription Factors Involved In The Development Of Potato (Solanum Tuberosum L) , Faye Michelle Rosin

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The objective of this study was to gain insight into how classes of regulatory genes affect the growth and development of potato, particularly, the molecular processes of tuberization. This was accomplished by generating transgenic potato plants that overexpress the homeobox gene, POTH1 , and by using an antisense approach to suppress levels of the MADS box gene, POTM1.;POTH1 was shown to be involved in vegetative pattern formation via mediation of hormone levels. Overexpression of POTH1 resulted in dwarf plants with a 'mouse-ear' leaf phenotype. Leaves were heart-shaped with a decreased midvein and palmate venation. POTH1 overexpression lines exhibited an increase ...


Roles Of The Mitogen-Induced Proteins, Mitogen Regulated Protein/Proliferin And 24p3/Uterocalin, During Mouse Development , Pierig Jean-Marie Lepont Jan 2002

Roles Of The Mitogen-Induced Proteins, Mitogen Regulated Protein/Proliferin And 24p3/Uterocalin, During Mouse Development , Pierig Jean-Marie Lepont

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Mitogens, serum and growth factors, induce the secretion of several proteins in cell cultures. Mitogen regulated protein/proliferin (MRP/PLF) is one such protein secreted from 3T3 cells 20 hours after the addition of fibroblast growth factor (FGF). 24p3/uterocalin is another protein induced 10 hours after FGF addition. When combined with cycloheximide, 24p3/uterocalin secretion is increased by 5 fold.;MRP/PLFs are glycoproteins, belonging to the prolactin-growth hormone family, expressed at high concentration during mid-gestation in the mouse placenta. MRP/PLFs are thought to stimulate angiogenesis in the placenta and the uterus, and stimulate uterine cell growth during ...


Drosophila Jil-1 Kinase Mediates Histone H3 Ser10 Phosphorylation, Maintains Higher Order Chromatin Structure, And Is Implicated In Dosage Compensation , Yanming Wang Jan 2001

Drosophila Jil-1 Kinase Mediates Histone H3 Ser10 Phosphorylation, Maintains Higher Order Chromatin Structure, And Is Implicated In Dosage Compensation , Yanming Wang

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The Drosophila JIL-1 tandem Ser/Thr kinase is associated with chromosomes/chromatin throughout the cell cycle in early embryos and localized to hundreds of sites on the open interband regions on third instar larvae polytene chromosomes. Interestingly, the level of JIL-1 is upregulated on the male X chromosome, which is hypertranscribed for dosage compensation. The distribution of JIL-1 overlaps with that of MSL (male specific lethal) proteins and JIL-1 is associated with the MSL complex.;To further study the function of JIL-1 in vivo, a series of JIL-1 mutants from hypomorphs to null were generated. Analyzing the phenotypes of JIL-1 ...


Studying The Replication Mechanism Of The Yeast Retrotransposon Ty5 By Molecular And Computational Approaches, Xiang Gao Jan 2001

Studying The Replication Mechanism Of The Yeast Retrotransposon Ty5 By Molecular And Computational Approaches, Xiang Gao

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The yeast retrotransposon Ty5 is a Ty1/copia element. It is in the Hemivirus genus of the Pseudoviridae family. The ability to genetically manipulate retrotransposons and the yeast host cell was taken advantage of to explore replication mechanisms unique to Ty5 and common to most retrotransposons. Because of the abundance and diversity of retroelement sequences, along with the fact that many retroelement enzymes have evolved unique functional specificities, computational approaches were also developed to study functional divergence in replication. By screening a randomly mutagenized Ty5 library, two mutations (Y68C, D252N) causing higher transposition frequencies were identified. Both mutations increased Ty5 ...


Mechanisms Of Negative Regulation Of Protein Prenylation: Investigation Of Murine Guanylate-Binding Protein 1 , John Thomas Stickney Jan 2000

Mechanisms Of Negative Regulation Of Protein Prenylation: Investigation Of Murine Guanylate-Binding Protein 1 , John Thomas Stickney

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Covalent attachment of isoprenoid lipids to proteins is a post-translational modification that occurs on approximately 2% of all cellular proteins. Proteins that contain a CaaX motif as their final four amino acids are presumed to be targets for the addition of C15 or C20 isoprenoids by farnesyl transferase (FTase) or geranylgeranyl transferase I (GGTase I) respectively. This modification is generally believed to occur stoichiometrically, and irreversibly, in vivo. Thus, if prenylation is to be regulated, this control must occur prior to lipid addition. At the moment, there is little evidence that the enzymatic activity of prenyl transferases can be modulated ...


Tissue Specific Expression And Regulation Of The Mitogen Regulated Protein Genes , John Tollen Fassett Jan 2000

Tissue Specific Expression And Regulation Of The Mitogen Regulated Protein Genes , John Tollen Fassett

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Mitogen Regulated Protein (MRP; also called Proliferin; or MRP/PLF) is a member of the Prolactin/Growth Hormone gene family. There is evidence that MRP/PLF is a uterine growth factor and an angiogenesis factor. Between four and six highly homologous MRP/PLF genes (mrp/plf ) exist in the mouse, but the significance of multiple genes has not been determined. MRP/Plf is produced at high levels during mid-gestation by the placenta, where expression is restricted to the trophoblastic giant cells. To better understand the regulation of the mrp/ plf genes in vivo, we have developed an assay to analyze ...


Characterization Of Skeletor: A Novel Nuclear Protein Implicated In Mitotic Spindle Assembly , Diana Lee Walker Jan 2000

Characterization Of Skeletor: A Novel Nuclear Protein Implicated In Mitotic Spindle Assembly , Diana Lee Walker

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The mAb 2A labels Drosophila embryos in a novel, dynamic staining pattern that identifies a nuclear meshwork during interphase, which is remodeled to form a spindle structure at metaphase. This intriguing pattern made the antigens recognized by mAb 2A interesting targets for cloning and analysis, Skeletor was found to be encoded by a complex locus. Two alternatively spliced transcripts from the Skeletor locus were identified, Orf1b/Orf2 and Orf1a. Orf1b/Orf2 has an unusual structure, containing two overlapping open reading frames with coding potentials of 87 kD and 81 kD respectively. Analysis of Orf2 amino acid content reveals overall high ...


Novel G-Dna Binding Proteins From The Ciliate Tetrahymena Thermophila: Purification, Characterization, Cloning And Functional Analyses , Quan Lu Jan 1999

Novel G-Dna Binding Proteins From The Ciliate Tetrahymena Thermophila: Purification, Characterization, Cloning And Functional Analyses , Quan Lu

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

G-DNA is a family of novel four-stranded DNA structures characterized by motifs called G-quartets. Evidence is growing to suggest that G-DNA exists and plays biological roles in vivo. In order to further elucidate the functions of G-DNA, we have studied proteins that specifically bind to the DNA structure;Two G-DNA binding activities, TGPI and TGP3, were purified from the ciliate Tetrahymena thermophila. Based on the peptide sequences obtained from direct internal peptide sequencing, the cDNAs coding for the genes were cloned. Deduced protein sequences showed that TGP1 and TGP3 are novel proteins but share significant homology with each other. Furthermore ...


Evaluation Of Mycobacterial Esat-6 As A Type-I Immune Enhancing Adjuvant , Sreekumar Ambalakkat Menon Jan 1999

Evaluation Of Mycobacterial Esat-6 As A Type-I Immune Enhancing Adjuvant , Sreekumar Ambalakkat Menon

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The need for improved adjuvants has continued in spite of new vaccination strategies using recombinant proteins and genetic (DNA vectored) vaccines. The Mycobacterium tuberculosis protein ESAT-6 has been shown in mice to be involved in the recall of long-lived immunity and protection in mice against tuberculosis. Thus, this protein could potentially act as a molecular adjuvant enhancing antigen-specific Type I immune responses. This study examined the hypothesis that Es could enhance Type I responses against a second antigen in mice when presented as a fusion with that antigen. This was tested using ESAT-6 fusions with two Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae surface antigens ...


Genetic And Molecular Characterization Of The Rev Protein Of Equine Infectious Anemia Virus , Michael Andrew Belshan Jan 1999

Genetic And Molecular Characterization Of The Rev Protein Of Equine Infectious Anemia Virus , Michael Andrew Belshan

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Members of the lentivirus subfamily of retroviruses are characterized as causing slow, chronic disease. Atypical of other lentiviruses, such as human immunodeficiency virus type 1, equine infectious anemia virus (EIAV) may produce a rapid, variable disease course in horses. Infected horses may undergo an, acute episode of disease involving viremia, fever, and thrombocytopenia. Following this acute period, horses may resolve to an inapparent infection or suffer a chronic period of additional cycles of viremia, fever, and thrombocytopenia. Horses which survive clinical episodes usually become inapparent carriers of the virus for life. Numerous virus and host factors contribute to the phenotypic ...


Biochemical Characterization Of Tractin And Leechcam, Two Ig-Superfamily Members Involved In Regulation Of Axonal Outgrowth Of Leech Neurons , Chunfa Jie Jan 1999

Biochemical Characterization Of Tractin And Leechcam, Two Ig-Superfamily Members Involved In Regulation Of Axonal Outgrowth Of Leech Neurons , Chunfa Jie

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Tractin and LeechCAM are two recently identified members of the Ig-superfamily. Tractin has a highly unusual domain organization: 6 Ig-like domains, 4 FNIII-like domains, an acidic domain, 12 repeats of a novel proline- and glycine- rich motif with sequence similarity to collagen, a transmembrane domain, and an intracellular tail with an ankyrin and a PDZ-domain binding motif. Our data show that Tractin is proteolytically processed into four fragments at two cleavage sites: one located in the third FNIII domain, and the other one located just proximal to the transmembrane domain. The most NH2-terminal fragment is shown to be glycosylated with ...


Genetic Mobility And Instability Of Retroviral Vector In Vector Producer Cells For Gene Therapy, Won-Bin Young Jan 1999

Genetic Mobility And Instability Of Retroviral Vector In Vector Producer Cells For Gene Therapy, Won-Bin Young

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

A primary biosafety issue of retroviral vector-mediated gene therapy is the genetic instability of retroviral vectors. Reverse transcription of vector RNA genome is initiated by viral reverse transcriptase (RT) in a virion particle after infection of a target cell. During reverse transcription, abnormal template switches between vector and occasionally co-packaged helper virus in a virion particle can therefore enable helper virus to regain replication elements from the vector and revert to replication-competent retrovirus (RCR). This research was undertaken to study the origins of RT enzyme activities and test the hypothesis that RT enzyme activities are contributed by both exogenous RT ...


The Glycogen Phosphorylase/ Phosphorylase Kinase Interaction: Effects Of Mutations In The Amino-Terminal Region Of Glycogen Phosphorylase , Alyssa Christine Biorn Jan 1999

The Glycogen Phosphorylase/ Phosphorylase Kinase Interaction: Effects Of Mutations In The Amino-Terminal Region Of Glycogen Phosphorylase , Alyssa Christine Biorn

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Glycogen phosphorylase is an important enzyme for carbohydrate metabolism in muscle. It uses inorganic phosphate to remove glucose from glycogen, producing glucose-1-phosphate, which can be used for the production of ATP. Inactive glycogen phosphorylase (phosphorylase h) is activated either by the allosteric binding of 5'-AMP, or by phosphorylation by phosphorylase kinase (PhK). Phosphorylation produces phosphorylase a, which is active in the absence of AMP. PhK is the only kinase that can phosphorylate phosphorylase b, which in turn is the only substrate for PhK. This dissertation research has attempted to determine the reasons for this specificity and how these two ...


Investigating The Mechanism Of Mrp/Plf Gene Expression By Bfgf , Alesia Marie Hruska-Hageman Jan 1998

Investigating The Mechanism Of Mrp/Plf Gene Expression By Bfgf , Alesia Marie Hruska-Hageman

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The mitogen-regulated protein/proliferin (mrp/ plf) genes belong to the prolactin/growth hormone gene superfamily and encode at least four closely related proteins. Identified functions of these proteins include stimulation of uterine proliferation and endothelial angiogenesis. In 3T3 cells, basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF) stimulates the production of mrp/plf mRNAs with a resulting increase in the protein products. Although the three cloned mrp/ plf gene promoters (mrp3, plf42, and plf149 ) are over 97% identical in sequence, only mrp3 is transcriptionally activated by bFGF. We have identified a sequence in the mrp3 promoter, which we have named the "bFGF-responsive element ...


Genetic And Biochemical Analysis Of Aspergillus Awamori Glucoamylase Thermostability , Martin John Allen Jan 1997

Genetic And Biochemical Analysis Of Aspergillus Awamori Glucoamylase Thermostability , Martin John Allen

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Aspergillus awamori glucoamylase (GA) is an enzyme involved in industrial corn starch processing. Genetic and biochemical approaches were used to study the mechanisms governing GA thermostability. Three proline substitution (Xaa → Pro) mutations were constructed that were predicted to increase the enzyme's stability by decreasing its conformational entropy of unfolding. When expressed in Saccharomyces cerevisiae Ser30 → Pro increased, Asp345 → Pro did not alter and Glu408 → Pro greatly decreased GA stability as measured by resistance to irreversible thermoinactivation relative to the wild-type enzyme. The Ser30 → Pro mutation was combined with other previously identified stabilizing mutations to examine whether combining such mutations ...


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 ...


Molecular Cloning And Characterization Of Gl8, A Gene Involved In Maize Cuticular Wax Biosynthesis , Xiaojie Xu Jan 1997

Molecular Cloning And Characterization Of Gl8, A Gene Involved In Maize Cuticular Wax Biosynthesis , Xiaojie Xu

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The gl8 locus of maize was previously defined by a mutation that reduces the amount and alters the composition of seedling cuticular waxes. Sixty independently derived gl8 mutant alleles have been isolated from stocks that carried the Mutator transposon system. A DNA fragment that contains a Mu8 transposon and that co-segregates with one of these alleles, gl8-Mu3142, was identified and cloned. DNA flanking the Mu8 transposon was shown to represent the gl8 locus via allelic cross-referencing experiments. The gl8 probe reveals a 1.4-kb transcript present in wild-type seedling leaves, and in lesser amounts, in other organs and at other ...


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 ...