F. Paul Doerder

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The transposon-like elements TBE1, Tec1, and Tec2 of hypotrichous ciliated protozoa appear to encode a protein that belongs to the IS630-Tc1 family of transposases. The Anabaena IS895 transposase also is placed in this family. We note that most family members transpose into the dinucleotide target, TA, and that members with eukaryotic hosts have a tendency(More)
Fluorescence cytophotometry was used to study nuclear DNA content and synthesis patterns during meiosis, fertilization and macronuclear development in the ciliated protozoon, Tetrahymena pyriformis, syngen 1. It was found that cells entered conjugation with a G1 (45C) macronucleus and a G2 (4C) micronucleus. During meiosis the micronucleus was reduced to 4(More)
High levels of synonymous substitutions among alleles of the surface antigen SerH led to the hypothesis that Tetrahymena thermophila has a tremendously large effective population size, one that is greater than estimated for many prokaryotes (Lynch, M., and J. S. Conery. 2003. Science 302:1401-1404.). Here we show that SerH is unusual as there are(More)
A temperature shift from 40 to 28 degrees C rapidly induced expression of a specific immobilization antigen at the cell surface in Tetrahymena thermophila. This transformation was inhibited by actinomycin D and cycloheximide but not by colchicine or cytochalasin B. The major surface antigen expressed at 28 degrees C in cells homozygous for the SerH3 allele(More)
By segregating somatic and germinal functions into large, compound macronuclei and small diploid micronuclei, respectively, ciliates can explore sexuality in ways other eukaryotes cannot. Sex, for instance, is not for reproduction but for nuclear replacement in the two cells temporarily joined in conjugation. With equal contributions from both conjugants,(More)
The temperature-regulated SerH1 gene coding for an immunodominant surface glycoprotein (i-Ag H1) of Tetrahymena thermophila has been sequenced. The gene is reproducibly rearranged during macronuclear development and steady state mRNA levels are present at < 36 degrees C. The deduced i-Ag H1 amino acid (aa) sequence is rich in Ser, Thr and Cys, and contains(More)
DNA barcoding using the mitochondrial cytochromecoxidase subunit I (cox-1) gene has recently gained popularity as a tool for species identification of a variety of taxa. The primary objective of our research was to explore the efficacy of using cox-1 barcoding for species identification within the genusTetrahymena. We first increased intraspecific sampling(More)
The genus Tetrahymena is defined on the basis of a four-part oral structure composed of an undulating membrane and three membranelles. It is a monophyletic genus with 41 named species and numerous unnamed species, many of which are morphologically indistinguishable. Nuclear small subunit rRNA and mitochondrial cytochrome c oxidase subunit 1 sequences(More)
In Tetrahymena thermophila the major argument for the existence of diploid subunits has been that some loci show a delay in the accumulation of stable subclones during macronuclear assortment. This delay is based on the assumption that throughout the life cycle there are 45 subunits. We find that for at least 50 fissions after conjugation there is(More)
In the pond ciliate Tetrahymena thermophila, expression of genes encoding variant forms of the cell surface immobilization antigen (i-ag) is regulated by environmental conditions. Multiple isoforms of the L i-ags are found on the surface of cells grown at <20 degrees C as well as on the surface of rseC mutants which express SerL genes constitutively. Five(More)