Alexandra Kessler

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We have characterized the structure and the function of the 6.6-kDa protein SvtR (formerly called gp08) from the rod-shaped virus SIRV1, which infects the hyperthermophilic archaeon Sulfolobus islandicus that thrives at 85 degrees C in hot acidic springs. The protein forms a dimer in solution. The NMR solution structure of the protein consists of a(More)
While studying gene expression of the rudivirus SIRV1 in cells of its host, the hyperthermophilic crenarchaeon Sulfolobus, a novel archaeal transcriptional regulator was isolated. The 14 kDa protein, termed Sulfolobus transcription activator 1, Sta1, is encoded on the host chromosome. Its activating effect on transcription initiation from viral promoters(More)
The double-stranded DNA genomes of the crenarchaeal rudiviruses SIRV1 (32 kb) and SIRV2 (35 kb) were previously sequenced. Here we present results of the analysis of gene expression of these viruses at different time points after infection of the host cell, Sulfolobus islandicus, and of the mapping of transcriptional start sites. Transcription of both(More)
Overexpression of p53 correlates with neoplasia in many cytological specimens. To test the specificity of overexpressed p53 as a tumour marker for the detection of pancreatic cancer, we analysed cytological specimens of pancreatic juice samples from patients with pancreatitis or pancreatic carcinoma (n = 42) for p53 protein overexpression. p53 protein(More)
The gene mutated in ataxia telangiectasia (A-T) patients (ATM) is located on chromosome 11q22-23, a region frequently altered in mammary tumors. Patients homozygous for ATM mutations are prone to develop a variety of different neoplasms. Female heterozygotes have been reported to carry a 5- to 8-fold increased risk of breast cancer. However, germline(More)
The DNA rudivirus SIRV1 of the hyperthermophilic archaeon Sulfolobus shows exceptional properties. Viral isolates invariably contain a population of variants with different but closely related genomes. Upon propagation in a given host strain, one or more genomes dominate in the viral population. However, upon passage into a new host strain the viral(More)
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