Franklyn G. Prendergast

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Many cnidarians utilize green-fluorescent proteins (GFPs) as energy-transfer acceptors in bioluminescence. GFPs fluoresce in vivo upon receiving energy from either a luciferase-oxyluciferin excited-state complex or a Ca(2+)-activated phosphoprotein. These highly fluorescent proteins are unique due to the chemical nature of their chromophore, which is(More)
Sp1-like proteins are defined by three highly homologous C(2)H(2) zinc finger motifs that bind GC-rich sequences found in the promoters of a large number of genes essential for mammalian cell homeostasis. Here we report that TIEG2, a transforming growth factor beta-inducible Sp1-like protein with antiproliferative functions, represses transcription through(More)
The green-fluorescent proteins (GFP) are a unique class of proteins involved in bioluminescence of many cnidaria. The GFPs serve as energy-transfer acceptors, receiving energy from either a luciferase-oxyluciferin complex or a Ca(2+)-activated photoprotein, depending on the organism. Upon mechanical stimulation of the organism, GFP emits green light(More)
Folate receptor alpha (FRalpha) has emerged as a potential cancer therapy target with several folate-linked therapeutic agents currently undergoing clinical trials. In addition, FRalpha expression in tumors may offer prognostic significance. Most studies on FRalpha expression used reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction or cytofluorimetric assays.(More)
Communication between the cytoplasm and nucleoplasm of cardiac cells occurs by molecular transport through nuclear pores. In lower eukaryotes, nuclear transport requires the maintenance of cellular energetics and ion homeostasis. Although heart muscle is particularly sensitive to metabolic stress, the regulation of nuclear transport through nuclear pores in(More)
A series of fluorescent, long-wavelength, benzo[c]-xanthene dyes has been characterized for pH measurement in both excitation and emission ratio applications. The two general classes of these indicators are seminaphthofluoresceins (SNAFLs) and seminaphthorhodafluors (SNARFs) which are substituted at the 10-position with oxygen or nitrogen, respectively.(More)
Differential polarized phase fluorometry has been used to investigate the depolarizing rotations of 1,6-diphenyl-1,3,5-hexatriene (DPH) in isotropic solvents and in lipid bilayers. For DPH dissolved in isotropic solvents, there is a precise agreement between the observed and predicted values for maximum differential tangents, indicating that in these media(More)
Light emission from the calcium-sensitive bioluminescent protein aequorin was measured at calcium ion concentrations of 10(-9) to 10(-2) molar. At very low Ca2+ concentations, light emission is independent of calcium ion concentration. The maximum slope of the log-log plot of light as a function of calcium ion concentration is about 2.5. The complete(More)
Fluorophores processing a 6-acyl-2-dimethylaminonaphthalene moiety show fluorescence that is extremely sensitive to solvent polarity (Weber, G., and Farris, F. J. (1979) Biochemistry 18, 3075-3078). We have synthesized and characterized 6-acryloyl-2-dimethylaminonaphthalene (Acrylodan) which selectively labels thiol moieties in proteins. The quantum yield(More)