Jack Sanford

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Guanine nucleotide binding (G) proteins are heterotrimers that couple a wide range of receptors to ionic channels. The coupling may be indirect, via cytoplasmic agents, or direct, as has been shown for two K+ channels and two Ca2+ channels. One example of direct G protein gating is the atrial muscarinic K+ channel K+[ACh], an inwardly rectifying K+ channel(More)
The hallmark of prion diseases is the cerebral accumulation of a conformationally altered isoform (PrP(Sc)) of a normal cellular protein, the prion protein (PrP(C)). In the inherited form, mutations in the prion protein gene are thought to cause the disease by altering the metabolism of the mutant PrP (PrP(M)) engendering its conversion into PrP(Sc). We(More)
We screened a HIT (hamster insulin-secreting tumor) cell cDNA library constructed in lambda gt11 with a Go-specific oligonucleotide probe and isolated six recombinant phages. The inserts of these phages encoded two forms of alpha o, called here alpha o1 and alpha o2. The deduced amino acid sequence of alpha o1 is identical in all of its 354 amino acids to(More)
Previous studies have shown that the small molecule iron transport inhibitor ferristatin (NSC30611) acts by down-regulating transferrin receptor-1 (TfR1) via receptor degradation. In this investigation, we show that another small molecule, ferristatin II (NSC8679), acts in a similar manner to degrade the receptor through a nystatin-sensitive lipid raft(More)
Lipid modifications that may be introduced into several subunits of G proteins were explored by in vitro translation of recombinant mRNAs in reticulocyte lysates. In agreement with studies by others, myristic acid was incorporated into alpha i's and alpha o, but not alpha s, beta, or gamma's. In contrast, mevalonate (Mev) was incorporated only into(More)
Hybridization blot (Northern) analysis of mRNA coding for alpha subunits of the Go signal-transducing protein detects three bands at 5.7, 4.2, and 3.2 kilobases (kb). We showed previously that the largest is a splice variant coding for the type 2 form of the polypeptide (alpha o2) and the two smaller RNAs react with a probe specific for the seventh of the(More)
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