Alice L. Watson

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We examined a region of high variability in the mosaic mercury resistance (mer) operon of natural bacterial isolates from the primate intestinal microbiota. The region between the merP and merA genes of nine mer loci was sequenced and either the merC, the merF, or no gene was present. Two novel merC genes were identified. Overall nucleotide diversity, π(More)
Ubiquitin-protein conjugates are found in the primary (azurophilic) lysosome-related granules but not in the secondary (specific) granules in mature polymorphonuclear neutrophils prepared from bone marrow. This is the first reported demonstration of ubiquitin-protein conjugates in lysosome-related membrane-bound vesicles in granulocytes and complements our(More)
Expression of the Tn21 mercury resistance (mer) operon is controlled by a metal-sensing repressor-activator, MerR. When present, MerR always binds to the same position on the DNA (the operator merO), repressing transcription of the structural genes merTPCAD in the absence of Hg(II) and inducing their transcription in the presence of Hg(II). Although it has(More)
We report the identification of two distinct noggin genes in the tetrapod Xenopus tropicalis. Noggin functions to antagonize BMP signaling in many developmental contexts, and much work has explored its role in early vertebrate development. We have identified two noggin genes in the tropical clawed frog, X. tropicalis, a diploid anuran which is being(More)
UDP-galactose 4'-epimerase (GALE) interconverts UDP-galactose and UDP-glucose in the final step of the Leloir pathway. Unlike the Escherichia coli enzyme, human GALE (hGALE) also efficiently interconverts a larger pair of substrates: UDP-N-acetylgalactosamine and UDP-N-acetylglucosamine. The basis of this differential substrate specificity has remained(More)
Scp160p is a multiple KH-domain RNA-binding protein in yeast that has been demonstrated previously to associate with both soluble and membrane-bound polyribosomes as an mRNP component. One key question that has remained unanswered, however, is whether the mRNAs in these mRNP complexes are random or specific. We have addressed this question using microarray(More)
Scp160p is a multiple KH-domain RNA-binding protein in yeast known to associate with polyribosomes as an mRNP component, although its biological role remains unclear. As a genetic approach to examine Scp160p function, we applied an ethyl methanesulfonate (EMS) screen for loci synthetically lethal with scp160 loss, and identified a single candidate gene,(More)
The reticulocyte 15-lipoxygenase (linoleate:oxygen oxidoreductase, EC 1.13.11.12) is implicated in oxidative damage to reticulocyte mitochondria before their elimination by degradation during maturation to the erythrocyte. A proportion of the 15-lipoxygenase sediments with the mitochondrial-rich stromal fraction of density-gradient-fractionated rabbit(More)
The Level-1 Calorimeter Trigger is a fast pipelined system for the selection of rare physics processes in the ATLAS experiment at LHC. Its selectivity contributes to a rate reduction from the 40 MHz LHC bunch crossing rate down to the rst level accept rate of 75 kHz maximum. This is done by searching for isolated electrons and photons, hadrons, jets of(More)
Covalent ligation of multiple copies of ubiquitin to proteins is known to target intracellular proteins for degradation by large molecular weight cytosolic proteinase(s). Ubiquitin protein conjugates are found in cytosolic cell compartments suggesting that ubiquitination may have multiple roles. We have detected ubiquitinated proteins in the lysosomal(More)
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