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The degradation of trichloroethylene (TCE) by toluene-oxidizing bacteria has been extensively studied, and yet the influence of environmental conditions and physiological characteristics of individual strains has received little attention. To consider these effects, the levels of TCE degradation by strains distinguishable on the basis of toluene and nitrate(More)
The tbu regulon of Ralstonia pickettii PKO1 encodes enzymes involved in the catabolism of toluene, benzene, and related alkylaromatic hydrocarbons. The first operon in this regulon contains genes that encode the tbu pathway's initial catabolic enzyme, toluene-3-monooxygenase, as well as TbuT, the NtrC-like transcriptional activator for the entire regulon.(More)
The nucleotide (nt) sequence and gene organization of the locus encoding the initial step of the toluene-3-monooxygenase (Tbu) pathway from Pseudomonas pickettii PKO1 has been determined. This is the first reported nt sequence for a toluene monooxygenase which hydroxylates the C-3 position of toluene. Six tightly assembled structural genes encoding several(More)
Burkholderia pickettii PKO1 metabolizes toluene and benzene via a chromosomally encoded toluene-3-monooxygenase pathway. Expression of the toluene-3-monooxygenase operon (tbuA1UBVA2C) is activated by the regulator, TbuT, in the presence of toluene. We have identified the TbuT coding region downstream of the toluene-3-monooxygenase structural genes by(More)
We have determined the nucleotide sequences of IS406 (1368 bp) and IS407 (1236 bp), two insertion sequence (IS) elements isolated from Pseudomonas cepacia 249 on the basis of their abilities to activate the expression of the lac genes of Tn951. IS406 and IS407 when inserted into the lac promoter/operator region of Tn951 generated, respectively, duplications(More)
Retinitis pigmentosa (RP) is a degenerative disease leading to photoreceptor cell loss. Mouse models of RP, such as the rd10 mouse (B6.CXBl-Pde6brd10/J), have enhanced our understanding of the disease, allowing for development of potential therapeutics. In 2011, our group first demonstrated that the synthetic progesterone analogue 'Norgestrel' is(More)
We have previously reported on the organization of a unique toluene-3-monooxygenase pathway for the degradation of alkyl-substituted petroleum hydrocarbons including characteristics of the second step in the pathway transforming phenols to catechols. In the present work we have focused on the regulation and unusual genetic organization of this metabolic(More)
Activation of the small GTPase RhoA following angiotensin II stimulation is known to result in actin reorganization and stress fiber formation. Full activation of RhoA, by angiotensin II, depends on the scaffolding protein β-arrestin 1, although the mechanism behind its involvement remains elusive. Here we uncover a novel partner and function for β-arrestin(More)
We have determined the nucleotide sequence of IS401, an insertion sequence implicated in rearrangements of a 170-kb cryptic plasmid from Pseudomonas cepacia. Our analysis focused on a 4066-bp plasmid fragment containing adjacent copies of IS401 and of IS408, an element reported previously to activate gene expression in P. cepacia. One objective was to(More)
'Norgestrel', a synthetic form of the female hormone progesterone has been identified as potential drug candidate for the treatment of the degenerative eye disease retinitis pigmentosa. However, to date, no work has looked at the compound's specific cellular target. Therefore, this study aimed to identify the receptor target of Norgestrel and begin to(More)