D E Shippen-Lentz

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The RNA moiety of the ribonucleoprotein enzyme telomerase from the ciliate Euplotes crassus was identified and its gene was sequenced. Functional analysis, in which oligonucleotides complementary to portions of the telomerase RNA were tested for their ability to prime telomerase in vitro, showed that the sequence 5' CAAAACCCCAAA 3' in this RNA is the(More)
Telomeres stabilize chromosomal ends and allow their complete replication in vivo. In diverse eukaryotes, the essential telomeric DNA sequence consists of variable numbers of tandem repeats of simple, G + C rich sequences, with a strong strand bias of G residues on the strand oriented 5' to 3' toward the chromosomal terminus. This strand forms a protruding(More)
5S rRNA and rDNA from Plasmodium falciparum have been characterized. The 5S rRNA transcripts isolated from erythrocytic stage parasites are composed of three distinct subclasses, 117-119 nucleotides in length, which are identical in sequence with the exception of one or two additional uridine residues at the 3' terminus. Southern blot analysis of genomic(More)
A telomere terminal transferase activity was identified in developing macronuclear extracts from Euplotes crassus. The activity was essentially unregulated in vitro: up to 50 tandem repeats of the Euplotes telomeric repeat sequence TTTTGGGG were added onto synthetic telomeric oligonucleotide primers. Both the structure of the telomere substrate and its(More)
The number and expression of some of the large ribosomal RNA (rRNA) gene classes present in the human malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum was determined. Southern blot analyses, using the 5.8S rRNA coding region as a marker, indicate that the P. falciparum genome contains at least 5 distinct subclasses of large rRNA genes. Dideoxy sequencing of the 5.8S(More)
The 5.8S and 5S rRNA components from the FCR-3/The Gambia strain of Plasmodium falciparum have been identified and the complete nucleotide sequence of a 5.8S ribosomal RNA gene determined. Unlike the 5S rRNA species, the 5.8S is a single homogeneous population of molecules of 157 nucleotides. Comparison of its nucleotide sequence with previously reported(More)
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