A. A. Colavita

Learn More
We used a high-performance fluorescence imaging system to visualize rapid changes in intracellular free Ca(2+) concentration ([Ca(2+)](i)) evoked by focal applications of extracellular ATP to the hair bundle of outer hair cells (OHCs): the sensory-motor receptors of the cochlea. Simultaneous recordings of the whole-cell current and Calcium Green-1(More)
This paper presents technical details, hardware and software of a complete imaging system which uses a fast CCD sensor and a 41 Msample/s A/D converter to acquire full-frame 12 bit/pixel digitized images with a time resolution of 1.25 ms/image. This apparatus permits to resolve intracellular Ca2+ gradients in individual cells as well as the spatio-temporal(More)
Neuronal axons connect to multiple target cells through the formation of collateral branches, but the mechanisms that regulate this process are largely unknown. We show that BAM-2, a neurexin-related transmembrane protein, is required for development of VC motoneuron branches in the worm Caenorhabditis elegans. Expression analysis and ectopic expression(More)
Neuritogenesis is a critical early step in the development and maturation of neurons and neuronal circuits. While extracellular directional cues are known to specify the site and orientation of nascent neurite formation in vivo, little is known about the genetic pathways that block inappropriate neurite emergence in order to maintain proper neuronal(More)
Pseudomonas aeruginosa is a key opportunistic pathogen characterized by its biofilm formation ability and high-level multiple antibiotic resistance. By screening a library of random transposon insertion mutants with an increased biofilm-specifc antibiotic susceptibility, we previously identified 3 genes or operons of P. aeruginosa UCBPP-PA14 (ndvB,(More)
Peptide:N-glycanases (PNGases) are cytoplasmic de-N-glycosylation enzymes that have been shown in cultured cells to facilitate the degradation of misfolded glycoproteins during endoplasmic reticulum-associated degradation and in the processing of major histocompatibility complex class I antigens for proper cell-surface presentation. The gene encoding PNGase(More)
Genetic pathways that regulate nascent neurite formation play a critical role in neuronal morphogenesis. The core planar cell polarity components VANG-1/Van Gogh and PRKL-1/Prickle are involved in blocking inappropriate neurite formation in a subset of motor neurons in C. elegans. A genetic screen for mutants that display supernumerary neurites was(More)
In C. elegans, ectopic expression of the UNC-5 netrin receptor is sufficient to cause repulsion of growth cones and cells away from ventral sources of the UNC-6/netrin guidance cue. A genetic suppressor screen identified the seu-1 gene as required for repulsion of touch neuron growth cones ectopically expressing unc-5. We report here that seu-1 mutations(More)