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Parasitic nematodes that cause elephantiasis and river blindness threaten hundreds of millions of people in the developing world. We have sequenced the approximately 90 megabase (Mb) genome of the human filarial parasite Brugia malayi and predict approximately 11,500 protein coding genes in 71 Mb of robustly assembled sequence. Comparative analysis with the(More)
The Caenorhabditis elegans genome encodes 284 nuclear receptor (NR) genes. Among these 284 NR genes are 15 genes conserved among the Metazoa. Here, we analyze the expression and function of eight heretofore uncharacterized conserved C. elegans NR genes. Reporter gene analysis demonstrates that these genes have distinct expression patterns and that a(More)
A plasmid vector has been constructed that directs the synthesis of high levels (approximately 2% of total cellular protein) of fusions between a target protein and maltose-binding protein (MBP) in Escherichia coli. The MBP domain is used to purify the fusion protein in a one step procedure by affinity chromatography to crosslinked amylose resin. The fusion(More)
The nuclear receptor superfamily expanded in at least two episodes: one early in metazoan evolution, the second within the vertebrate lineage. An exception to this pattern is the genome of the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans, which encodes more than 270 nuclear receptors, most of them highly divergent. We generated 128 cDNA sequences for 76 C. elegans(More)
Large-scale sequencing efforts are providing new perspectives on similarities and differences among species. Sequences encoding nuclear receptor (NR) transcription factors furnish one striking example of this. The three complete or nearly complete metazoan genome sequences - those of the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans, the fruit fly (Drosophila(More)
The nuclear receptor (NR) superfamily is the most abundant class of transcriptional regulators encoded in the Caenorhabditis elegans genome, with >200 predicted genes revealed by the screens and analysis of genomic sequence reported here. This is the largest number of NR genes yet described from a single species, although our analysis of available genomic(More)
Ribonuclease III (RNase III) represents a highly conserved family of double-strand-specific endoribonucleases that are important for RNA processing and post-transcriptional gene regulation in both prokaryotes and eukaryotes. We constructed a single amino acid substitution (E38A) of RNase III that shows a unique and useful enzymatic activity. It produces a(More)
NR4A nuclear receptors are a diverse group of orphan nuclear receptors with critical roles in regulating cell proliferation and cell differentiation. The ortholog of the NR4A nuclear receptor in Caenorhabditis elegans, NHR-6, also has a role in cell proliferation and cell differentiation during organogenesis of the spermatheca. Here we show that NHR-6 is(More)
BACKGROUND Filarial nematodes, including Brugia malayi, the causative agent of lymphatic filariasis, undergo molting in both arthropod and mammalian hosts to complete their life cycles. An understanding of how these parasites cross developmental checkpoints may reveal potential targets for intervention. Pharmacological evidence suggests that ecdysteroids(More)
In order to understand the immune response to Wuchereria bancrofti and to aid in the diagnosis of W. bancrofti infections, recombinant antigens were identified from a W. bancrofti genomic expression library made in lambda gt11 using a pool of sera from infected Indian patients. One of the recombinant clones, lambda WbN1, containing a 2.5-kb insert, reacted(More)