Ilya Skovorodkin

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The organization and molecular composition of complicated Cajal bodies (CBs) and interchromatin granule clusters (IGCs) in oocytes of the house cricket, Acheta domesticus, were studied using immunofluorescent/confocal and Immunogold labeling/electron microscopy. In A. domesticus oocytes, the CB consists of the fibrillar matrix and a central cavity(More)
New light and electron microscope data on the initial steps of endocytobiosis establishment between the ciliate Paramecium and specific intranuclear bacteria Holospora are provided. At the cytoplasmic step of infection bacteria of all Holospora species are found in a vesicle originating from the membrane of the host cell phagosome. The association between(More)
In oocyte nuclei of the scorpionfly, Panorpa communis, we have recently defined a population of nuclear bodies (NBs) that contain some components of Cajal bodies (CBs). In the present study, we used several criteria [presence of coilin, U7 snRNA, RNA polymerase II (pol II) and specific ultrastructure] to identify these NBs as CBs. The essential evidence for(More)
Congenital anomalies of the kidney and urinary tract (CAKUT) are the commonest cause of chronic kidney disease in children. Structural anomalies within the CAKUT spectrum include renal agenesis, kidney hypo-/dysplasia, multicystic kidney dysplasia, duplex collecting system, posterior urethral valves and ureter abnormalities. While most CAKUT cases are(More)
The origins of DNA replication in prokaryotes and eukaryotes are typically defined by cis-acting sequences. However, in ciliates, evidence suggests that the replication of short macronuclear minichromosomes may not require such determinants. In hypotrichous ciliates, macronuclei contain millions of gene-sized minichromosomes, which generally have a single(More)
The epithelial ureteric bud is critical for mammalian kidney development as it generates the ureter and the collecting duct system that induces nephrogenesis in dicrete locations in the kidney mesenchyme during its emergence. We show that a secreted Bmp antagonist Cerberus homologue (Cer1) fine tunes the organization of the ureteric tree during(More)
The embryonic mammalian metanephric mesenchyme (MM) is a unique tissue because it is competent to generate the nephrons in response to Wnt signaling. An ex vivo culture in which the MM is separated from the ureteric bud (UB), the natural inducer, can be used as a classic tubule induction model for studying nephrogenesis. However, technological restrictions(More)
Infection experiments were performed incubating Paramecium caudatum with non-infectious free-living bacteria or weakly infectious intracellular bacteria together with the infectious Holospora obtusa. Two of four non-infectious free-living bacteria (Enterobacter aerogenes and Klebsiella pneumoniae) were found to get into the nuclei when added to Paramecium(More)
Lodavin represents an engineered fusion protein that consists of a cytoplasmic and a transmembrane domain of the human low-density lipoprotein receptor coupled to an extracellular avidin monomer. Biotinylated compounds have been successfully targeted to Lodavin-expressing cells that have been transduced by a Lodavin-containing virus, and the targeting is(More)
Plasmon-resonant nanostars (NSts) have recently found applications in biophotonics due to their unique optical and chemical characteristics, showing comparable or superior properties than other anisotropic plasmon-resonant nanoparticles. In this paper, we synthesized gold NSts by the seed-mediated surfactant-free method. By varying the diameters and amount(More)