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Oocyte maturation in decapod crustaceans is a two step process. Primary vitellogenesis is followed by a variable hiatus that lasts up to the onset of secondary vitellogenesis, which is marked by the rapid accumulation of yolk proteins in the oocytes. We have cloned a complete Cherax quadricarinatus vitellogenin cDNA. The sequenced cDNA contains a 2584 aa(More)
Productive infection by the murine autonomous parvovirus minute virus of mice (MVM) depends on a dividing cell population and its differentiation state. We have extended the in vivo analysis of the MVM host cell type range into the developing embryo by in utero inoculation followed by further gestation. The fibrotropic p strain (MVMp) and the lymphotropic i(More)
A technique is described for the injection of live virus into early- and mid-gestation mouse embryos in utero. The procedure is quick, easy, harmless to the embryos, and does not require specialized surgical or microinjection equipment. Since the developing embryo contains most different cell types in a very wide range of differentiation states, the(More)
The gene that encodes vitellogenin (Vg), the precursor of the major yolk protein, vitellin, is expressed during vitellogenesis in decapod crustaceans. In this study, we sequenced the full-length cDNA from the Pacific white shrimp Litopenaeus vannamei Vg gene (LvVg). This is the first open thelycum penaeid shrimp Vg cDNA to be sequenced. The transcript(More)
Agarose gel electrophoresis, a very routine procedure, requires molecular weight standards; these are usually manufactured from plasmid or viral DNA fragments, or more recently, from PCR products of defined sizes. We describe here the preparation of a molecular weight standard from a completely different DNA source - the uniquely organized genome of the(More)
Prion diseases are fatal neurodegenerative disorders characterized by long incubation periods. To investigate whether concurrent diseases can modify the clinical outcome of prion-affected subjects, we tested the effect of viral infection on the binding and internalization of PrP(Sc), essential steps of prion propagation. To this effect, we added scrapie(More)
In oviparous females, the synthesis of the yolk precursor vitellogenin is an important step in ovarian maturation and oocyte development. In decapod Crustacea, including the red-claw crayfish (Cherax quadricarinatus), this reproductive process is regulated by inhibitory neurohormones secreted by the endocrine X-organ-sinus gland (XO-SG) complex. In males,(More)
Parvovirus minute virus of mice (MVMp) is endowed with oncotropic properties so far ascribed only to the dependency of the virus life cycle on cellular factors expressed during S phase and/or modulated by malignant transformation. For other viruses oncotropism relies on their inability to circumvent type I interferon (IFN)-induced innate antiviral(More)
Activation of the minute virus of mice (MVM) P4 promoter is a key step in the life cycle of the virus and is completely dependent on host transcription factors. Since transcription-factor composition varies widely in different cell types, there is the possibility that only some cell types in the host organism have the capacity to initiate expression from(More)
Methoxyflurane (Metofane) has been widely used as an open-circuit anaesthetic in small laboratory animals for several decades. Its low vapour pressure and high blood solubility have permitted its use in convenient and simple drop-chamber/nose-cone setups. Recently, following the decision by the primary manufacturer to discontinue production, it has become(More)