Glenn D. Kuehn

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Extracts prepared from floral meristematic tissue of alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.) were investigated for expression of the enzyme transglutaminase in order to identify the major protein substrate for transglutaminase-directed modifications among plant proteins. The large polymorphic subunits of ribulose 1,5-bisphosphate carboxylase/oxygenase in alfalfa, with(More)
Diamines and polyamines are ubiquitous components of living cells, and apparently are involved in numerous cellular and physiological processes. Certain "uncommon" polyamines have limited distribution in nature and have been associated primarily with organisms adapted to extreme environments, although the precise function of these polyamines in such(More)
An acidic nucleolar phosphoprotein with a subunit M(r) of 70,000 was purified as an apparent dimer of 139,000 from isolated nuclei of the slime mold Physarum polycephalum. The protein was purified without the aid of strong dissociating agents after its selective phosphorylation in isolated nuclei by a polyamine-mediated reaction. Its amino acid composition(More)
An intracellular form of calcium ion-dependent transglutaminase (R-glutaminylpeptide:amine gamma-glutaminyltransferase, EC 2.3.2.13) was purified 818-fold to apparent homogeneity from acetone powder preparations of spherules of the acellular slime mold Physarum polycephalum. The enzyme was purified by combined methods of precipitation with 15% (wt/vol)(More)
This paper presents evidence that a polyamine-dependent protein kinase (EC 2.7.1.37) purified from nuclei of the slime mold Physarum polycephalum catalyzes phosphorylation of ornithine decarboxylase (OrnDCase; L-ornithine carboxy-lyase, EC 4.1.1.17). The protein kinase had properties similar to OrnDCase antizyme. Phosphocellulose chromatography of nuclear(More)
Dilution of human fibroblast GM2767 cell cultures into fresh serum-containing growth medium induces ornithine decarboxylase activity 45-fold over a six-hour interval. When the fibroblast cultures are supplemented with human fibroblast alpha-, beta-, or gamma-interferon at the time of dilution into fresh growth medium, the induction of ornithine(More)