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The enzyme tryptophan decarboxylase (TDC; EC 4.1.1.28) converts tryptophan into tryptamine. In Catharanthus roseus and other plants capable of producing terpenoid indole alkaloids (TIAs) TDC links primary metabolism to the secondary metabolic pathway involved in the biosynthesis of these compounds. The accumulation of tdc mRNA in C. roseus cells is(More)
We recently reported that a sequence variant in the cell-cycle-checkpoint kinase CHEK2 (CHEK2 1100delC) is a low-penetrance breast cancer-susceptibility allele in noncarriers of BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutations. To investigate whether other CHEK2 variants confer susceptibility to breast cancer, we screened the full CHEK2 coding sequence in BRCA1/2-negative breast(More)
The small proline rich protein (SPRR) genes constitute a family of conserved genes which are part of the human epidermal differentiation complex (EDC) on chromosome 1q21 and code for precursor proteins of the cornified cell envelope. The expression of these genes is strictly linked to keratinocyte terminal differentiation both in vivo and in vitro. Here we(More)
We have isolated genomic clones from several members of the UV and TPA inducible human spr2 gene-family in order to analyse the regulation of these genes at a molecular level. From one of these members, the spr2-1 gene, we have identified and sequenced the regulatory region. By using CAT fusion plasmids and a liposome mediated transfection procedure we show(More)
In stratifying cultures of human keratinocytes, expression of the proto-oncoprotein c-JUN and the small proline rich 2 (SPRR2) protein, a precursor of the cornified cell envelope, are inversely related. Whereas c-JUN is typically found in basal proliferating cells, SPRR2 is restricted to suprabasal differentiating layers. Malignant keratinocytes (derived(More)
The myotonic dystrophy (DM) region has been recently shown to be bracketed by two key recombinant events. One recombinant occurs in a Dutch DM family, which maps the DM locus distal to the ERCC1 gene and D19S115 (pE0.8). The other recombinant event is in a French Canadian DM family, which maps DM proximal to D19S51 (p134c). To further resolve this region,(More)
Recent genetic linkage analyses have mapped the myotonic dystrophy locus to the region of 19q13.2-13.3 lying distal to the gene for creatine kinase subunit M (CKM). The human excision repair gene ERCC1 has also been mapped to this region of chromosome 19. A novel polymorphic DNA marker, pEO.8, has been isolated from a chromosome 19 ERCC1-containing cosmid(More)
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