Amina Ossoinak

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In recent years, it has become evident that neural stem cells in the adult mammalian brain continuously generate new neurons, mainly in the hippocampus and olfactory bulb. Although different growth factors have been shown to stimulate neurogenesis in the adult brain, very little is known about the role of neuropeptides in this process. Pituitary adenylate(More)
BACKGROUND Filum terminale (FT) is a structure that is intimately associated with conus medullaris, the most caudal part of the spinal cord. It is well documented that certain regions of the adult human central nervous system contains undifferentiated, progenitor cells or multipotent precursors. The primary objective of this study was to describe the(More)
Using polytene chromosomes of salivary gland cells of Chironomus tentans, phosphorylation state-sensitive antibodies and the transcription and protein kinase inhibitor 5,6-dichloro-1-beta-D-ribofuranosylbenzimidazole (DRB), we have visualized the chromosomal distribution of RNA polymerase II (pol II) with hypophosphorylated (pol IIA) and hyperphosphorylated(More)
The carboxyl-terminal domain (CTD) of the largest RNA polymerase II (pol II) subunit is a target for extensive phosphorylation in vivo. Using in vitro kinase assays it was found that several different protein kinases can phosphorylate the CTD including the transcription factor IIH-associated CDK-activating CDK7 kinase (R. Roy, J. P. Adamczewski, T. Seroz,(More)
In a previous report, we documented that a major portion of the nuclear protein kinase CK2alpha (CK2alpha) subunit does not form heterooligomeric structures with the beta subunit, but it binds tightly to nuclear structures in an epithelial Chironomus cell line. We report here that the CK2alpha, but not beta, subunit is co-localized with productively(More)
The distribution of rapidly phosphorylated chromosomal proteins between chromosome I, chromosome II + III, chromosome IV, and nuclear sap including the matrix was investigated in salivary gland cells of Chironomus tentans. Chromosome IV, which carries most active nonribosomal genes in the cell, was found to be enriched in four rapidly phosphorylated(More)
The distribution of rapidly phosphorylated chromosomal proteins between chromosome I, chromosome II + III, chromosome IV, and nuclear sap including the matrix was investigated in salivary gland cells of Chironomus tentans. Chromosome IV, which carries most active nonribosomal genes in the cell, was found to be enriched in four rapidly phosphorylated(More)
Five structural analogues of 5,6-dichloro-1-beta-D-ribofuranosylbenzimidazole (DRB), all with modified sugar moieties, have been examined for their inhibitory activities on RNA transcription in salivary glands of Chironomus tentans. The well-known ability of the parent DRB at 65 microM concentration to selectively inhibit hnRNA/mRNA synthesis by approx. 90%(More)
The size distribution of newly synthesized and old poly(A) sequences on transcripts of the giant tissue specific puffs, Balbiani rings in salivary glands of Chironomus tentans has been determined. After labeling with [3H]adenosine, poly(A) containing Balbiani ring RNA(75S RNA) was selectively collected by means of a recently developed technique. This(More)