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To extend our knowledge of the functions of desmin and vimentin intermediate filaments in the developing organism, a construct encoding a truncated desmin subunit driven by the desmin promoter (pDDV), was introduced into the murine germ line. The resulting mutant desmin subunit was assembly-incompetent and capable of disrupting both preexisting desmin and(More)
Feulgen-DNA and nuclear light green-protein measurements have been performed in isolated nuclei of normal (nonmalignant) and malignant human endometrial homogenates. The DNA content of the G0/G1 fraction of malignant endometrium showed much overlap with that of normal endometrium, or was slightly increased. Two of the 18 carcinomas were clearly aneuploid.(More)
The coding region of the hamster desmin gene was fused to the 5' flanking sequences of the hamster vimentin gene and introduced into the germ line of mice. The expression of this intermediate filament gene construct (pVDes) was analyzed at the RNA and protein level in transgenic mice as well as in fibroblast cell lines and primary hepatocyte cultures(More)
Using a vimentin-free expression system we were able to demonstrate that the carboxy terminus of desmin is necessary for filament assembly in the living cell. Desmin subunits missing only 4 carboxy-terminal residues of their rod domain are incapable of homopolymeric filament assembly. Moreover, even single amino acid substitutions in the conserved(More)
Using immunoelectron microscopy it is demonstrated that desmin subunits missing their complete carboxy-terminal domain are incapable of homopolymeric filament formation in vivo. Furthermore it is shown that, in vimentin-containing cells, desmin integrates into preexisting vimentin filaments resulting in desmin/vimentin heteropolymers. Removal of the(More)
Target proteins of transmission blocking monoclonal antibodies (MoAbs) are present on the surface of Plasmodium falciparum macrogametes with Mr of 48,000 and 45,000 and on the surface of developing ookinetes with Mr of 25,000. Other MoAbs directed against the same proteins were not able to reduce the number of oocysts in mosquitoes. A combination of a(More)
Most cell types start expressing vimentin when brought into tissue culture. Using both vimentin-expressing (HeLa) and vimentin-negative (MCF-7) epithelial cell lines, we have identified the cis-regulatory DNA elements involved in this process. Sequences located 1.1-0.6 kb upstream of the vimentin transcription-initiation site strongly enhance expression in(More)
Endometrial cells in suspension were stained with propidium iodide and a monoclonal antibody against a cytokeratin intermediate filament protein specific for glandular and columnar cells (RGE 53). In this way columnar epithelial cells of the normal endometrium and of adenocarcinomas can be distinguished and separated by flow cytometry from non-epithelial(More)
The protein dyes Light Green and Orange II were studied separately and in combination with the Feulgen-Pararosanilin(SO2) and -Thionin(SO2) method for the simultaneous determination of DNA and protein. - With polyacrylamide modelfilms the pH dependency, specificity and stoichiometry of Light Green and Orange II have been investigated. The results of both(More)
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