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Protein-disulfide isomerase (PDI) has been shown to be a multifunctional enzyme catalyzing the formation of disulfide bonds, as well as being a component of the enzymes prolyl 4-hydroxylase (P4-H) and microsomal triglyceride transfer protein. It has also been proposed to function as a molecular chaperone during the refolding of denatured proteins in vitro.(More)
Genomic clones for the largest human neurofilament protein (NF-H) were isolated, the intron/exon boundaries mapped and the entire protein-coding regions (exons) sequenced. The predicted protein contains a central region that obeys the structural criteria identified for alpha-helical 'rod' domains typically present in all IF protein components: it is(More)
The complete primary structure of the largest mammalian neurofilament component, NF-H, is predicted from mouse cDNA and genomic clones, revealing a protein of molecular weight ca. 115,000. A central filament-forming domain structurally typical of all intermediate filament proteins is present, but anomalies are noted which may place constraints on the(More)
A simple and rapid procedure for determining the genotypes of viruses has been applied to analysis of genome subunit reassortment in heterologous crosses of Batai virus, Bunyamwera virus, and Maguari virus, three members of the Bunyamwera serogroup of bunyaviruses. The procedure for determining genotype made use of specific molecular probes to identify the(More)
Procollagen assembly is initiated within the endoplasmic reticulum by three alpha-chains associating via their C-propeptides (C-terminal propeptides). To study the requirements for the association of procollagen monomers at synthesis we have reconstituted the initial stages in the folding, assembly and modification of procollagen using semi-permeabilized(More)
A key question relating to procollagen biosynthesis is the way in which closely related procollagen chains discriminate between each other to assemble in a type-specific manner. Intracellular assembly of procollagen occurs via an initial interaction between the C-propeptides followed by vectorial propagation of the triple-helical domain in the C to N(More)
The control of neurofilament (NF) protein gene expression was studied by determining and comparing the levels of mRNA to the heavy (NF-H), mid-sized (NF-M) and light (NF-L) NF protein subunits in rat dorsal root ganglia (DRG) following sciatic nerve transection. mRNA to NF-H (4.5 kb), to NF-M (3.4 kb) and to NF-L (2.5 and 4.0 kb) were identified in Northern(More)
The complete nucleotide sequence of the Bunyamwera virus M RNA segment was determined from four overlapping cDNA clones and by primer extension. The RNA segment is 4458 bases in length, and encodes a single gene product in the viral complementary RNA. The predicted protein is 1433 amino acids long (mol wt 162,065), contains four potential glycosylation(More)
The association between EBV and nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) has been well documented although the precise role of the virus in the genesis of the tumour is not understood. We undertook this study to examine the prevalence of EBV infection in nasopharyngeal tissue obtained from 33 healthy individuals not considered to be at risk of developing NPC. Using(More)
The folding and assembly of procollagen occurs within the cell through a series of discrete steps leading to the formation of a stable trimer consisting of three distinct domains: the N-propeptide, the C-propeptide and the collagen triple helix flanked at either end by short telopeptides. We have established a semi-permeabilized cell system which allows us(More)