B. Vennstrom

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The deafness caused by early onset hypothyroidism indicates that thyroid hormone is essential for the development of hearing. We investigated the underlying roles of the TRalpha1 and TRbeta thyroid hormone receptors in the auditory system using receptor-deficient mice. TRalpha1 and TRbeta, which act as hormone-activated transcription factors, are encoded by(More)
The chicken genome contains nucleotide sequences homologous to transforming genes (oncogenes) of a number of avian retroviruses. We have isolated chicken DNA (c-myc) that is homologous to the oncogene (v-myc) of the avian myelocytomatosis virus MC29 and have compared the structures of the cellular and viral genes. Results from restriction endonuclease(More)
The primary structure of the chicken epidermal growth factor (EGF) receptor was deduced from the sequence of a cDNA clone containing the complete coding sequence and shown to be highly homologous to the human EGF receptor. NIH-3T3 cells devoid of endogenous EGF receptor were transfected with the appropriate cDNA constructs and shown to express either(More)
The two genes coding for thyroid hormone receptors (TR) alpha 1 and beta have opposite effects on female sex behaviors. Deletion of TRalpha 1 reduced them, whereas deletion of TRbeta actually increased them. These results could not be attributed to altered levels of hormones in the blood, general alterations in estrogen responsiveness or altered general(More)
Thyroid hormone regulates adult hippocampal neurogenesis, a process involved in key functions, such as learning, memory, and mood regulation. We addressed the role of thyroid hormone receptor TRα1 in adult hippocampal neurogenesis, using mice harboring a TRα1 null allele (TRα1(-/-)), overexpressing TRα1 6-fold (TRα2(-/-)), and a mutant TRα1 (TRα1(+/m)) with(More)
In the vertebrate brain, the thalamus serves as a relay and integration station for diverse neuronal information en route from the periphery to the cortex. Deficiency of TH during development results in severe cerebral abnormalities similar to those seen in the mouse when the retinoic acid receptor (ROR)alpha gene is disrupted. To investigate the effect of(More)
Avian erythroblastosis virus (AEV) induces acute erythroleukemia and sarcomas in vivo and it transforms erythroblasts and fibroblasts in vitro. The virus has two host cell-derived genes, v-erbA and v-erbB. The latter encodes the oncogenic capacity of the virus, whereas v-erbA enhances the erythroblast transforming effects of v-erbB while being unable to(More)
The human c-erbA1 gene has been previously mapped to chromosome 17. We have now mapped c-erbA2 to the short arm of chromosome 3, using a human genomic probe in Southern analysis of DNA from a panel of human/mouse somatic cell hybrids. In situ hybridization using the same probe on metaphase chromosomes has enabled fine chromosome mapping of c-erbA2 to the(More)
Adenovirus specific 5.5S RNA is heterogeneous at its 5' terminus. Complete pancreatic RNase digests of the RNA reveal a 5' terminal oligonucleotide (pp)pApGpCp in addition to the major 5' terminal (pp)pGpGpGpCp (1). Both 5' termini are detected early as well as late after adenovirus infection. In isolated nuclei, alpha-amanitin inhibits all 5.5S RNA(More)