Corinne Beier

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Based solely on the information that beet virus Q (BVQ) contains tubular particles, the entire nucleotide sequence of its tripartite genome was determined from unpurified virus in ca. 40 ml crude sap from locally infected Chenopodium quinoa. A starting sequence for RNA 1 was generated using primers corresponding to highly conserved helicase domains in the(More)
Cerebellar granule neurons (CGN) cultured in the presence of serum and depolarizing potassium concentrations undergo apoptosis when switched to serum-free medium containing physiological potassium concentrations. Here we show that processing of the key protease, caspase-3, depends on the activation of caspase-9, but not of caspase-8. Selective peptide(More)
The complete sequence of the 3454 nt of RNA 2 of the Ahlum isolate of beet soil-borne furovirus (BSBV) has been determined starting with two short stretches of cloned cDNA. Unknown parts of the sequence were amplified by means of RT-PCR techniques using combinations of specific and random primers. BSBV RNA 2 is more similar in its genetic organization to(More)
CNS neurons change their connectivity to accommodate a changing environment, form memories, or respond to injury. Plasticity in the adult mammalian retina after injury or disease was thought to be limited to restructuring resulting in abnormal retinal anatomy and function. Here we report that neurons in the mammalian retina change their connectivity and(More)
The complete nucleotide sequence of RNA 3 of the Ahlum isolate of beet soil-borne virus (BSBV) was determined from cDNAs obtained with immunocaptured virus particles and denatured preparations of dsRNA. BSBV RNA 3 is unique among the plant virus RNAs studied so far in containing apparently only the coding sequences of a triple gene block (TGB). The derived(More)
Upon degeneration of photoreceptors in the adult retina, interneurons, including bipolar cells, exhibit a plastic response leading to their aberrant rewiring. Photoreceptor reintroduction has been suggested as a potential approach to sight restoration, but the ability of deafferented bipolar cells to establish functional synapses with photoreceptors is(More)
PURPOSE Development of nongenetic animal models of local retinal degeneration is essential for studies of retinal pathologies, such as chronic retinal detachment or age-related macular degeneration. We present two different methods to induce a highly localized retinal degeneration with precise onset time, that can be applied to a broad range of species in(More)
We report alignment of anisotropic amphiphilic dye molecules within oblate and prolate anisotropic micelles and lamellae, the basic building blocks of surfactant-based lyotropic liquid crystals. Absorption and fluorescence transition dipole moments of these dye molecules orient either parallel or orthogonal to the liquid crystal director. This alignment(More)
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