Gopalakrishnan Karthikeyan

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The mitochondrial protein frataxin helps maintain appropriate iron levels in the mitochondria of yeast and humans. A deficiency of this protein in humans causes Friedreich's ataxia, while its complete absence in yeast (Delta yfh1 mutant) results in loss of mitochondrial DNA, apparently due to radicals generated by excess iron. We found that the absence of(More)
Frataxin protein controls iron availability in mitochondria and reduced levels lead to the human disease, Friedreich's ataxia (FRDA). The molecular aspects of disease progression are not well understood. We developed a highly regulatable promoter system for expressing frataxin in yeast to address the consequences of chronically reduced amounts of this(More)
Assembly of new chromatin during S phase requires the histone chaperone complexes CAF-1 (Cac2p, Msi1p and Rlf2p) and RCAF (Asf1p plus acetylated histones H3 and H4). Cells lacking CAF-1 and RCAF are hypersensitive to DNA-damaging agents, such as methyl methanesulfonate and camptothecin, suggesting a possible defect in double-strand break (DSB) repair.(More)
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