Belinda G Williams

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The control of the timing of gaping in the clam Austrovenus stutchburyi does not involve a circadian mechanism. The lack of a circadian timer is shown by the uniform pattern in gaping in constant conditions (CC) regardless of the relationship between the tidal cycle and the day/night cycle at the time of collection; it is also shown by the fact that, in(More)
A simplified, efficient, and versatile vector-primer cDNA cloning system is presented. The dimer-primer system is a modification of the method of Okayama and Berg (1982) with the following features: (i) the vector-primer molecules are more rapidly and reliably prepared by virtue of the elimination of an endonuclease digestion and the agarose gel(More)
The distal region of human chromosome band 11p13 is believed to contain a cluster of genes involved in the development of the eye, kidney, urogenital tract, and possibly the nervous system. Genetic abnormalities of this region can lead to Wilms tumor, aniridia, urogenital abnormalities, and mental retardation (WAGR syndrome). Using 11 DNA markers covering(More)
The DNA deletion associated with an example of (epsilon gamma delta beta)zero thalassemia (Scottish-Irish type) was characterized. The deletion is approximately 205 kb in length and involves the epsilon, G gamma, A gamma, delta, and beta globin genes. The breakpoint is located 263 bp 3' to exon 3 of the beta globin gene. An LI (KpnI) repeat element(More)
Loss of heterozygosity for 11p markers and preferential loss of maternal alleles have been described in Wilms tumor. In this report we describe the molecular characterization of the constitutional and somatic 11p rearrangements in a del(11p13) WAGR patient with Wilms tumor. Both rearrangements led to loss of maternal alleles for two different regions of(More)
alpha-Interferon (IFN) has been used to induce cytogenetic remission in chronic myeloid leukaemia (CML), but there are few indicators to predict IFN response. The role of the chimaeric BCR/ABL gene in the malignant process is undisputed. There are, however, conflicting views as to whether the breakpoint site within the BCR gene, and the type of mRNA(More)
Austrovenus stutchburyi is an intertidal, burrowing, filter-feeding bivalve. It exhibits a strong, approximately tidal pattern in the time of gaping of its valves when in constant laboratory conditions. Individuals that have been held in laboratory conditions long enough to lose their overt gaping pattern will respond to pulses of algae made available at a(More)
Deficiency of alpha1-antitrypsin (AAT) is a common but underdiagnosed genetic disorder. Severe AAT deficiency may be detected by the absence of alpha1-globulin protein fraction by serum protein electrophoresis (SPEP). Routine SPEP may represent an underused resource for the identification of AAT deficiency. Total alpha1-globulin protein was measured in 47(More)
A DNA hypervariable polymorphism associated with the human immunoglobulin JH gene locus on chromosome 14 is described. Its potential applications include the distinguishing of cells as host or donor in a transplantation situation as well as characterisation of immunoglobulin gene rearrangements.