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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)
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)
Several matrix metalloproteinases, including the 92-kDa and 72-kDa gelatinases, macrophage metalloelastase (MME), and matrilysin degrade insoluble elastin. Because elastolytically active MME and matrilysin consist only of a catalytic domain (CD), we speculated that the homologous CDs of the 92-kDa and 72-kDa gelatinases would confer their elastolytic(More)
Linkage studies have suggested a susceptibility locus for schizophrenia (SZ) exists on chromosome 8p21-22. The vesicular monoamine transporter 1 gene (VMAT1), also known as SLC18A1, maps to this SZ susceptibility locus. Vesicular monoamine transporters are involved in the presynaptic vesicular packaging of monoamine neurotransmitters, which have been(More)
Interstitial collagenase (MMP-1), a metalloproteinase produced by resident and inflammatory cells during connective tissue turnover, cleaves type I collagen fibrils. This catalytic event is rate limiting in remodeling of tissues rich in fibrillar collagen such as the skin and lungs. The regulation of collagenase expression is cell-type specific; bacterial(More)