David H. Morse

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Self-incompatibility (SI) in angiosperms is a genetic mechanism that promotes outcrossing through rejection of self-pollen. In the Solanaceae, SI is determined by a multiallelic S locus whose only known product is an S RNase. S RNases show a characteristic pattern of five conserved and two hypervariable regions. These are thought to be involved in the(More)
Many flowering plants avoid inbreeding through a genetic mechanism termed self-incompatibility. An extremely polymorphic S-locus controls the gametophytic self-incompatibility system that causes pollen rejection (that is, active arrest of pollen tube growth inside the style) when an S-allele carried by haploid pollen matches one of the S-alleles present in(More)
S-heteroallelic pollen (HAP) grains are usually diploid and contain two different S-alleles. Curiously, HAP produced by tetraploids derived from self-incompatible diploids are typically self-compatible. The two different hypotheses previously advanced to explain the compatibility of HAP are the lack of pollen-S expression and the "competition effect"(More)
Eukaryotic cells contain a variety of different compartments that are distinguished by their own particular function and characteristic set of proteins. Protein targeting mechanisms to organelles have an additional layer of complexity in algae, where plastids may be surrounded by three or four membranes instead of two as in higher plants. The mechanism of(More)
We have identified a major 32-kDa protein in the dinoflagellate Gonyaulax polyedra as a peridinin-chlorophyll a-binding protein (PCP), based on microsequence data and immunological cross-reaction with antibodies raised against PCP from another dinoflagellate species. A cDNA for this protein, identified by a PCR-based cloning strategy, encoded all 68 of the(More)
Gametophytic self-incompatibility in plants involves rejection of pollen when pistil and pollen share the same allele at the S locus. This locus is highly multiallelic, but the mechanism by which new functional S alleles are generated in nature has not been determined and remains one of the most intriguing conceptual barriers to a full understanding of(More)
Sporadic self-compatibility, the occasional fruit formation after otherwise incompatible pollinations, has been observed in some S 12-containing genotypes of Solanum chacoense but not in others. We have sequenced this S 12 allele and analyzed its expression in four different genotypes. The S12-RNase levels were generally less abundant than those of other(More)
The mammalian circadian system contains both central and peripheral oscillators. To understand the communication pathways between them, we have studied the rhythmic behavior of mouse embryo fibroblasts (MEFs) surgically implanted in mice of different genotypes. MEFs from Per1(-/-) mice have a much shorter period in culture than do tissues in the intact(More)
Dinoflagellates are an important component of the marine biota, but a large genome with high-copy number (up to 5,000) tandem gene arrays has made genomic sequencing problematic. More importantly, little is known about the expression and conservation of these unusual gene arrays. We assembled de novo a gene catalog of 74,655 contigs for the dinoflagellate(More)
A full-length hexokinase cDNA was cloned from Solanum chacoense, a wild relative of the cultivated potato. Analysis of the predicted primary sequence suggested that the protein product, ScHK2, may be targeted to the secretory pathway and inserted in the plant plasma membrane, facing the cytosol. ScHK2 was expressed as a hexahistidine-tagged protein in(More)