A M Rampalli

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This study investigates whether insulin (a differentiation factor for lens epithelial cells) acts as a survival factor. In the absence of insulin, 6-day embryonic chicken lens epithelial explants undergo apoptosis as shown by changes in cell morphology, DNA fragmentation, and loss of trypan blue exclusion. Insulin inhibits these changes and promotes(More)
During growth arrest and differentiation, activity of the E2F family of transcription factors is inhibited by interactions with pRb and the related proteins, p107 and p130. To determine which members of the E2F and pRb families may contribute to growth arrest as lens epithelial cells differentiate into fiber cells, we examined the expression of individual(More)
Previous studies from this laboratory have shown that differentiating lens fiber cells contain two active cyclin dependent kinases (Cdks), Cdk1 and Cdk5. The present study was undertaken to explore the expression and regulation of six additional members of the Cdk family (Cdk2, Cdk3, Cdk4, Cdk6, Cdk7 and Cdk8) during lens differentiation. Differentiating(More)
A rat PCTAIRE-1 cDNA clone was isolated by immunoscreening of a PC12 cDNA library, followed by 5' RACE (rapid amplification of cDNA ends) to determine the 5' end. The rat PCTAIRE-1 cDNA sequence is 96% identical to mouse PCTAIRE-1 and contains an alternatively spliced exon of 131 bp near the 5' end. Although a mouse cDNA containing this exon has been(More)
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