We report a draft sequence for the genome of the domesticated silkworm (Bombyx mori), covering 90.9% of all known silkworm genes. Our estimated gene count is 18,510, which exceeds the 13,379 genes reported for Drosophila melanogaster. Comparative analyses to fruitfly, mosquito, spider, and butterfly reveal both similarities and differences in gene content.
Long-term adrenalectomy (ADX) is associated with marked down-regulation of pituitary corticotropin releasing factor type-1 receptors (CRF-R1) but normal CRF-R1 mRNA levels, suggesting that regulation of receptor levels occurs at post-transcriptional sites. We have reported that adrenal cytosolic proteins, which bind to cis elements in the 5' leader sequence… (More)
The formation and metabolism of inositol pentakis-and hexakisphosphates (InsP5 and InsP6) were investigated in Xenopus laevis oocytes. After [3H]inositol injection, [3H]InsP5 and subsequently [3H]Insp6 increased progressively over 72 h. In intact oocytes, [3H]InsP5 was progressively converted to [3H]InsP6 from 6 to 72 h of incubation and was not metabolized… (More)
Angiotensin II (AII) stimulates rapid increases in the concentration of cytosolic calcium in follicular oocytes from Xenopus laevis. This calcium response was not present in denuded oocytes, indicating that it is mediated by AII receptors on the adherent follicular cells. The endogenous AII receptors differed in their binding properties from mammalian AII… (More)
In Xenopus laevis oocytes, activation of angiotensin II (AII) receptors on the surrounding follicular cells sends a signal through gap junctions to elevate cytoplasmic calcium concentration ([Ca2+]i) within the oocyte. The two major candidates for signal transfer through gap junctions into the oocyte during AII receptor stimulation are Ins(1,4,5)P3 and… (More)
Muscarinic acetylcholine (ACh) receptors activate the phospholipase C signal transduction pathway to promote the formation of inositol 1,4,5-trisphosphate [Ins(1,4,5)P3] and the consequent elevation of cytoplasmic calcium (Ca2+). The inositol phosphate and Ca(2+)-mobilization responses to ACh were analyzed in Xenopus oocytes possessing endogenous receptors,… (More)