Desiree Murphy

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An Arabidopsis oleosin was used as a model to study oleosin topology and targeting to oil bodies. Oleosin mRNA was in vitro translated with canine microsomes in a range of truncated forms. This allowed proteinase K mapping of the membrane topology. Oleosin maintains a conformation with a membrane-integrated hydrophobic domain flanked by N- and C-terminal(More)
The ability of nitrendipine, nisoldipine, verapamil and gabapentin to inhibit the development of CNS excitation induced by spermine was assessed in mice. Injection of an excitotoxic dose of spermine (100 microg, i.c.v.) in mice results in worsening tremor that culminates in the development of a fatal tonic convulsion within 8 h of spermine administration.(More)
A comparative approach has been used to study the role of several lipid-body-binding proteins in plants and animals. Caleosins are a newly discovered class of calcium-binding lipid-body proteins found in plants and fungi, which we now report to have separate endoplasmic reticulum- and lipid-body-associated isoforms. We also compare the lipid-body targeting(More)
Fatty acids are accumulated in triacylglycerols (TAGs), in specialized organelles of seeds named oil bodies. The major site of TAG accumulation is detected in developing seed and mesocarp of certain species. We have isolated two cDNAs encoding DGAT enzymes from olives. The deduced polypeptides differ by 26 amino acids in size. However, they have high(More)
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