Cecilia Lanave

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Abundant lectin-related proteins found in common beans (Phaseolus vulgaris L.) have been shown to confer resistance against the larvae of a number of bruchid species. Genes encoding for these proteins are members of the lectin multigene family, the most representative components being arcelins, phytohemagglutinins and α-amylase inhibitors. Arcelins have(More)
In this paper we present a new method for analysing molecular evolution in homologous genes based on a general stationary Markov process. The elaborate statistical analysis necessary to apply the method effectively has been performed using Monte Carlo technqiues. We have applied our method to the silent third position of the codon of the five mitochondrial(More)
ACNUC is a database structure and retrieval software for use with either the GenBank or EMBL nucleic acid sequence data collections. The nucleotide and textual data furnished by both collections are each restructured into a database that allows sequence retrieval on a multi-criterion basis. The main selection criteria are: species (or higher order taxon),(More)
Glutamine synthetase (EC 6.3.1.2) gene evolution in various animals, plants, and bacteria was evaluated by a general stationary Markov model. The evolutionary process proved to be unexpectedly regular even for a time span as long as that between the divergence of prokaryotes from eukaryotes. This enabled us to draw phylogenetic trees for species whose(More)
A genomic region of 41,045 bp encompassing the 3'-end of the sheep T cell receptor beta chain was sequenced. Extensive molecular analysis has revealed that this region retains a unique structural feature for the presence of a third D-J-C cluster, never detected in any other mammalian species examined so far. A total of 3 TRBD, 18 TRBJ and 3 substantially(More)
The evolution of the prokaryotic glutamine synthase (GS) genes, namely the GSI and GSII isoforms, has been investigated using the second codon positions, which have previously proven to behave as a good molecular clock. Our data confirm the early divergence between prokaryotic and eukaryotic GSII before the splitting between plants and animals. The(More)
Homologous genes are grouped into families whose evolution may be different in the various organisms. For the variety of the processes and the well-known mechanism of gene gain and gene loss, which takes place in genome evolution, we deal in comparative analyses with a "one-to-many" or a "many-to-many" relationship between homologous genes going from(More)
The availability of genomic clones representative of the T-cell receptor constant gamma (TRGC) ovine genes enabled us to demonstrate, by fluorescent in situ hybridization (FISH) on cattle and sheep metaphases, the presence of two T-cell receptor gamma (TRG1@ and TRG2@) paralogous loci separated by at least five chromosomal bands on chromosome 4. Only TRG1@(More)
Molecular cloning of cDNA from γ/δ T cells has shown that in sheep, the variable domain of the δ chain is chiefly determined by the expression of the TRDV1 subgroup, apparently composed of a large number of genes. There are three other TRDV subgroups, but these include only one gene each. To evaluate the extent and the complexity of the genomic TRDV(More)