J W Jaraczewski

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Approximately 60,000 transposon-like elements of the Tec1 and Tec2 families excise en masse from the micronuclear genome during formation of a macronucleus in Euplotes crassus. The circular product has been shown previously to contain the element inverted repeats joined head to head. To elucidate the mechanism of Tec excision, we have further characterized(More)
The DNA in the transcriptionally active macronucleus of the hypotrichous ciliate Euplotes crassus exists as short, linear molecules with each molecule encoding a single genetic function. Previous work has indicated that coding regions occupy the majority of macronuclear DNA molecules. In the present study we have defined the transcription initiation sites(More)
The Tec1 and Tec2 transposon-like element families of Euplotes crassus are highly unusual in that all 30,000 copies of each family are excised from the genome during a discrete time period of macronuclear development. Complete nucleotide sequences were generated for the Tec1-1 and Tec2-1 elements, representing the Tec1 and Tec2 families. Open reading frames(More)
During macromolecular development in the ciliated protozoan, Euplotes crassus, > 105 Tec elements are precisely eliminated from the genome in a 2-4 h time interval, generating extrachromosomal circular forms of the elements. Various models have proposed a transposition-based mechanism for this excision. We have tested this hypothesis by determining the(More)
As a first step towards developing a DNA transformation method for the ciliated protozoan Euplotes crassus we determined the minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) for cell division in the presence of cycloheximide (Chx) for several cell lines and the range of Chx sensitivity for 106 different progeny cell lines derived by mating two lines. All of the cell(More)
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