Chantelle A Ferguson

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Z-discs of insect flight muscle contain a large protein of 500-700 kDa. Monoclonal antibodies label an epitope in the molecule at the Z-disc in Drosophila and Lethocerus (waterbug). A partial cDNA of 1.6 kb from the Drosophila gene has been cloned and sequenced. The corresponding amino acid sequence has a modular structure composed of four conserved repeats(More)
Thick and thin filaments in asynchronous flight muscle overlap nearly completely and thick filaments are attached to the Z-disc by connecting filaments. We have raised antibodies against a fraction of Lethocerus flight muscle myofibrils containing Z-discs and associated filaments and also against a low ionic strength extract of myofibrils. Monoclonal(More)
The sarcomeric Z-disk, the anchoring plane of thin (actin) filaments, links titin (also called connectin) and actin filaments from opposing sarcomere halves in a lattice connected by alpha-actinin. We demonstrate by protein interaction analysis that two types of titin interactions are involved in the assembly of alpha-actinin into the Z-disk. Titin(More)
The molecular events of odontogenic induction are beginning to be elucidated, but until now nothing was known about the molecular basis of the patterning of the dentition. A role for Dlx-1 and Dlx-2 genes in patterning of the dentition has been proposed with the genes envisaged as participating in an 'odontogenic homeobox gene code' by specifying molar(More)
Development of the mammalian tooth has been intensively studied as a model system for epithelial/mesenchymal interactions during organogenesis, and progress has been made in identifying key molecules involved in this signaling. We show that activin betaA is expressed in presumptive tooth-germ mesenchyme and is thus a candidate for a signaling molecule in(More)
Kettin is a large modular protein associated with thin filaments in the Z-disc region of insect muscles. The sequence of a 21.3 kb contig of the Drosophila gene has been determined. The corresponding protein sequence has 35 immunoglobulin-like (Ig) domains which are separated by shorter linker sequences, except near the N and C termini of the molecule where(More)
The cellular origin of the instructive information for hard tissue patterning of the jaws has been the subject of a long-standing controversy. Are the cranial neural crest cells prepatterned or does the epithelium pattern a developmentally uncommitted population of ectomesenchymal cells? In order to understand more about how orofacial patterning is(More)
Recombinant plant plasma membrane H(+)-ATPase has been produced in a yeast expression system comprising a multicopy plasmid and the strong promoter of the yeast PMA1 gene. Western blotting with a specific monoclonal antibody showed that the plant ATPase is one of the major membrane proteins made by the transformed cells, accounting for about 1% of total(More)
Asynchronous insect flight muscles produce oscillatory contractions and can contract at high frequency because they are activated by stretch as well as by Ca2+. Stretch activation depends on the high stiffness of the fibres and the regular structure of the filament lattice. Cytoskeletal proteins may be important in stabilising the lattice. Two proteins,(More)
In yeast homogenates the plasma membrane H(+)-ATPase and a major surface glycoprotein of about 115 kDa are present in two membrane fractions with peak densities in sucrose gradients of 1.17 and 1.22. Immunogold electron microscopy of frozen yeast sections indicates that the ATPase is exclusively (greater than 95%) present at the surface membrane. Therefore(More)