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We have identified two genes, smedwi-1 and smedwi-2, expressed in the dividing adult stem cells (neoblasts) of the planarian Schmidtea mediterranea. Both genes encode proteins that belong to the Argonaute/PIWI protein family and that share highest homology with those proteins defined by Drosophila PIWI. RNA interference (RNAi) of smedwi-2 blocks(More)
In order to understand the cellular events associated with cell death after the formation of topoisomerase II-DNA cleavable complexes, we compared the induction of endonucleolytic DNA fragmentation by etoposide and its more potent analog, teniposide (VM-26) in the human cell lines HT-29 and HL-60. A new filter-binding assay is described, which allows rapid(More)
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