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The DNA sequence between position +36 and -1907 of the murine myelin basic protein gene contains the enhancer and promoter elements necessary for abundant and cell specific expression in transgenic mice. Surprisingly, the pattern of expression promoted by this DNA fragment is a subset of that exhibited by the endogenous myelin basic protein (MBP) gene.(More)
Delineating the properties and functions of the major central nervous system myelin proteins has been the focus of intensive research for decades. For PLP, this task has been confounded by its unusual properties, the complexity of the cellular membrane in which it resides, and the absence of a functional assay for the protein. The development of new(More)
The unfolded protein response (UPR) is a eukaryotic signaling pathway linking protein flux through the endoplasmic reticulum to transcription and translational repression. Herein, we demonstrate UPR activation in the leukodystrophy Pelizaeus-Merzbacher disease (PMD) as well as in three mouse models of this disease and transfected fibroblasts expressing(More)
Claudin family proteins form the physical barriers of tight junctions (TJs) and regulate paracellular diffusion across polarized epithelia. In addition to these heterotypic TJs, claudin 11 forms autotypic TJs comprising the radial component of central nervous system myelin. The exact function of these TJs has been unclear, although their location at the(More)
Pelizaeus-Merzbacher disease (PMD) is a dysmyelinating disease resulting from mutations, deletions, or duplications of the proteolipid protein (PLP) gene. Distinguishing features of PMD include pleiotropy and a range of disease severities among patients. Previously, we demonstrated that, when expressed in transfected fibroblasts, many naturally occurring(More)
The primary structure of the proteolipid protein (PLP) from the central nervous system (CNS) myelin of mammals is highly conserved with only three amino acid differences between the mouse, rat, dog, bovine, and human proteins. Furthermore, within a particular species no polymorphisms in the protein have been identified. Recent interest has focused on the(More)
Myelin-forming oligodendrocytes facilitate saltatory nerve conduction and support neuronal functions in the mammalian CNS. Although the processes of oligodendrogliogenesis and differentiation from neural progenitor cells have come to light in recent years, the molecular mechanisms underlying oligodendrocyte myelinogenesis are poorly defined. Herein, we(More)
Oligodendrocyte-specific protein (OSP)/claudin-11 is a recently identified transmembrane protein found in CNS myelin and testis with unknown function. Herein we demonstrate that Osp null mice exhibit both neurological and reproductive deficits: CNS nerve conduction is slowed, hindlimb weakness is conspicuous, and males are sterile. Freeze fracture reveals(More)
Examination of the cytoskeleton has demonstrated the pivotal role of regulatory proteins governing cytoskeletal dynamics. Most work has focused on cell cycle and cell migration regarding cancer. However, these studies have yielded tremendous insight for development, particularly in the nervous system where all major cell types remodel their shape, generate(More)
Homeodomain proteins play critical roles during development in cell fate determination and proliferation, but few studies have defined gene regulatory networks for this class of transcription factors in differentiated cells. Using a lacZ-knock-in strategy to ablate Nkx6-2, we find that the Nkx6-2 promoter is active embryonically in neuroblasts and(More)