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One way in which a distinct chromosomal domain could be established to carry out a specialized function is by the localized incorporation of specific histone variants into nucleosomes. H2AZ, one such variant of the histone protein H2A, is required for the survival of Drosophila melanogaster, Tetrahymena thermophila and mice (R. Faast et al., in(More)
Fundamental to the process of mammalian development is the timed and coordinated regulation of gene expression. This requires transcription of a precise subset of the total complement of genes. It is clear that chromatin architecture plays a fundamental role in this process by either facilitating or restricting transcription factor binding [1]. How such(More)
An efficient expression system in Escherichia coli for several biologically active insulin-like growth factor-I (IGF-I) fusion peptide analogues is described. These novel IGF-I fusion protein analogues have properties that make them very useful reagents in the investigation of IGF-I action. The analogues comprise an IGF-I sequence and the first 11 amino(More)
The development of an efficient expression system for insulin-like growth factor-I (IGF-I) in Escherichia coli as a fusion protein is described. The fusion protein consists of an N-terminal extension made up of the first 46 amino acids of methionyl porcine GH ([Met1]-pGH) followed by the dipeptide Val-Asn. The latter two residues provide a unique(More)
Thioredoxin has been identified as a key component of the "early pregnancy factor" system, a system of components present in pregnancy sera which expresses a lymphocyte modifying activity in an assay known as the rosette inhibition assay. Although thioredoxin alone is inactive, addition of thioredoxin to lymphocytes in combination with nonpregnancy sera or(More)