Eric Aeby

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Mitochondrial tRNA import is widespread in eukaryotes. Yet, the mechanism that determines its specificity is unknown. Previous in vivo experiments using the tRNAs(Met), tRNA(Ile) and tRNA(Lys) have suggested that the T-stem nucleotide pair 51:63 is the main localization determinant of tRNAs in Trypanosoma brucei. In the cytosol-specific initiator tRNA(Met),(More)
Telomere composition changes during tumourigenesis, aging and in telomere syndromes in a poorly defined manner. Here we develop a quantitative telomeric chromatin isolation protocol (QTIP) for human cells, in which chromatin is cross-linked, immunopurified and analysed by mass spectrometry. QTIP involves stable isotope labelling by amino acids in cell(More)
Nuclear-encoded tRNAs are universally transcribed by RNA polymerase III (Pol-III) and contain intragenic promoters. Transcription of vertebrate tRNA(Sec) however requires extragenic promoters similar to Pol-III transcribed U6 snRNA. Here, we present a comparative analysis of tRNA(Sec) transcription in humans and the parasitic protozoa Trypanosoma brucei,(More)
Here we show that absence of Sep-tRNA:Sec-tRNA synthase (SepSecS) a key enzyme required for the synthesis of the three trypanosomal selenoproteins does not affect growth of bloodstream forms of Trypanosoma brucei. Both life cycle stages of T. brucei are highly sensitive to auranofin, a compound known to target selenoproteins. However, the same sensitivity(More)
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