G Alvarado-Urbina

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Amplification systems are required as part of DNA probe technology, since traditional non-amplified oligonucleotide hybridization using nonradioactive detection methods have detection limits of approximately 10(8) molecules. We present a probe amplifier technology suitable for use in large-scale automated clinical diagnostic systems. It is fast, sensitive(More)
Two phycocyanin (PC) operons, each containing alpha- and beta-subunit genes, have been isolated from the unicellular cyanobacterium Anacystis nidulans R2. Using oligodeoxyribonucleotide probes for the PC-coding regions, three PstI fragments were obtained and shown to contain the two operons, which are 2.7 kb apart, with a proposed gene order of 5'-(beta(More)
A highly sensitive and specific radioimmunoassay for somatostatin has been used to study inactivation of the neurohormone by plasma and hypothalamic peptidase(s). Specificity of the inactivation process was indicated by the absence of interference by addition of luteinizing hormone releasing hormone, thyrotropin-releasing hormone, oxytocin, or substance P.(More)
Using a specific radioimmunoassay technique for somatostatin (GHRIH), we have studied the ontogenesis of hypothalamic GHRIH in relation to pituitary and serum GH concentrations in immature rats. Hypothalamic GHRIH concentrations rose from minimal levels of 4.5 +/- 0.2 pg/microgram protein (mean +/- SEM) at 2 days to peak concentrations of 40.6 +/- 4.1(More)
We have synthesized the tetradecamer GAGCXGATAACAAG containing a part of the sequence of the lactose operator. A guanine base in the sequence is replaced by the adduct of the carcinogen 2-acetylaminofluorene with guanine. Under the standard conditions of de-protection, the fluorene moiety is lost, leaving behind a guanine oxidation product. New conditions(More)
The cloning and nucleotide sequence determination of the Anacystis nidulans R2 phycocyanin (PC) alpha-subunit gene are described. A 3.0-kb PstI fragment of Anacystis nidulans R2 genomic DNA cloned in plasmid pUC8 was found to hybridize with a heptadecameric oligodeoxynucleotide probe. Sequencing using synthetic primers revealed the presence of the PC(More)