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We have analyzed mammary tumors arising in transgenic mice expressing a novel, multifunctional RNA-binding protein. The protein, which we call the c-myc mRNA coding region instability determinant binding protein (CRD-BP), binds to c-myc, insulin-like growth factor II, and beta-actin mRNAs, and to H19 RNA. Depending on the RNA substrate, the CRD-BP affects(More)
C57BL/6 (B6) and DBA/2 (D2) mice exhibit disparate behavior when tested for voluntary morphine intake in a two-bottle choice drinking paradigm with B6 mice consuming 10 times more drug than D2 mice. Previous genetic mapping studies identified a locus, Mop2, on the proximal part of chromosome 10 that explained over half of the genetic variance in this mouse(More)
The mouse mu-opioid receptor gene, Oprm1, is recognized currently to contain 17 alternatively spliced exons that generate 24 splice variants encoding at least 11 morphine-binding isoforms of the receptor. Here, we identify three new MOR splice variants that contain a previously undescribed exon, exon 18, and provide evidence that they are expressed in two(More)
The mouse mu-opioid receptor gene, Oprm1, currently contains 18 recognized alternatively spliced exons [Doyle, G.A., Sheng, X.R., Lin, S.S.J., Press, D.M., Grice, D.E., Buono, R.J., Ferraro, T.N., Berrettini, W.H., 2007. Identification of three mouse mu-opioid receptor (MOR) gene (Oprm1) splice variants containing a newly identified alternatively spliced(More)
C57BL/6J and DBA/2J mice demonstrate differences in morphine preference when tested in a two-bottle choice paradigm. Quantitative trait loci (QTL) mapping suggested the proximal region of chromosome 10 was responsible for 41% of the observed genetic variance. The mu-opioid receptor (MOR) gene (Oprm) maps to this region and is a prime candidate for(More)
Emotional behavior is in part heritable and often disrupted in psychopathology. Identification of specific genetic variants that drive this heritability may provide important new insight into molecular and neurobiological mechanisms involved in emotionality. Our results demonstrate that the presynaptic vesicular monoamine transporter 1 (VMAT1) Thr136Ile(More)
The half-life of c- myc mRNA is regulated when cells change their growth rates or differentiate. Two regions within c- myc mRNA determine its short half-life. One is in the 3'-untranslated region, the other is in the coding region. A cytoplasmic protein, the coding region determinant-binding protein (CRD-BP), binds in vitro to the c- myc coding region(More)
In this report, we demonstrate that the AP-1 site and a distal promoter element regulate transcriptional induction of collagenase-1 during monocytic differentiation. Chloramphenicol acetyltransferase expression constructs containing regions of the human collagenase-1 promoter were stably or transiently transfected into U937 cells, and reporter activity was(More)