Colin McQuillan

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We describe a new subfamily of human satellite III DNA that is represented on two different acrocentric chromosomes. This DNA is composed of a tandemly repeated array of diverged 5-base-pair monomer units of the sequence GGAAT or GGAGT. These monomers are organised into a 1.37-kilobase higher-order structure that is itself tandemly reiterated. Using a panel(More)
A cDNA encoding osteonectin was isolated from a human bone cell cDNA library and used to examine osteonectin protein structure, mRNA structure and expression in human tissue. The deduced protein sequence shows complete identity with a recently isolated placental form and extensive homology to mouse and bovine counterparts. The protein is rich in cysteine(More)
To understand the basis of osteonectin (SPARC) transcriptional regulation, we have isolated a bovine genomic clone (lambda Og15) encoding exon 1 and 15 kilobase pairs (kb) of flanking DNA. Direct RNA sequencing of the 5' end of the osteonectin message showed it contained a sequence identical to that of a 2.4-kb EcoRI-BamHI fragment located midway in the(More)
The centromeres and the short arms of the five pairs of acrocentric chromosomes in humans are composed of tandemly ordered repetitive DNA. Previous studies have suggested that the exchanges between acrocentric chromosomes have resulted in concerted evolution of different DNA sequences in their short arms. The acrocentric chromosomes are clinically relevant(More)
We give an FPRAS for Holant problems with parity constraints and not-all-equal constraints, a generalisation of the problem of counting sink-free-orientations. The approach combines a sampler for near-assignments of “windable” functions – using the cycle-unwinding canonical paths technique of Jerrum and Sinclair – with a bound on the weight of(More)
The cDNA for the full-length core protein of the small chondroitin sulphate proteoglycan II of bovine bone was cloned and sequenced. A 1.3 kb clone (lambda Pg28) was identified by plaque hybridization with a previously isolated 1.0 kb proteoglycan cDNA clone (lambda Pg20), positively identified previously by polyclonal and monoclonal antibody reactivity and(More)
A complementary DNA clone for bovine osteonectin was used to isolate the osteonectin gene from two libraries of bovine genomic DNA fragments. Two overlapping clones were obtained whose relationship was determined by restriction mapping and sequence analysis. The two clones contain the entire osteonectin coding region spanning approximately 11 kilobases of(More)
We have employed molecular probes and in situ hybridization to investigate the DNA sequences flanking the breakpoint of a group of t(14q21q) Robertsonian translocations. In all the families studied, the probands were patients with Down syndrome who carried a de novo t(14q21q) translocation. The DNA probes used were two alphoid sequences, alphaRI and(More)