James D. Friesen

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Morphological changes during cell division in the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae are controlled by cell-cycle regulators. The Pcl-Pho85p kinase complex has been implicated in the regulation of the actin cytoskeleton at least in part through Rvs167p. Rvs167p consists of three domains called BAR, GPA, and SH3. Using a two-hybrid assay, we demonstrated that(More)
Little is known about the regions of RNA polymerase II (RNAPII) that are involved in the process of transcript elongation and interaction with elongation factors. One elongation factor, TFIIS, stimulates transcript elongation by binding to RNAPII and facilitating its passage through intrinsic pausing sites in vitro. In Saccharomyces cerevisiae, TFIIS is(More)
The existence of histone H1 in the yeast, Saccharomyces cerevisiae, has long been debated. In this report we describe the presence of histone H1 in yeast. YPL127c, a gene encoding a protein with a high degree of similarity to histone H1 from other species was sequenced as part of the contribution of the Montreal Yeast Genome Sequencing Group to chromosome(More)
Protein purification efforts for structural genomics will focus on automation for the readily-expressed proteins, and process development for the more difficult ones, such as membrane proteins. Thousands of proteins are expected to be produced in the next few years. The purified proteins will be valuable reagents for the entire research community.
The transcription of nucleus-encoded genes in eukaryotes is performed by three distinct RNA polymerases termed I, II, and III, each of which is a complex enzyme composed of more than 10 subunits. The isolation of genes encoding subunits of eukaryotic RNA polymerases from a wide spectrum of organisms has confirmed previous biochemical and immunological data(More)
The hydrolysis of ATP by a group of RNA-dependent ATPases (DEAD/H proteins) is required for spliceosome assembly, but not for the subsequent transesterification reactions. Little is known about the function of these ATPases in relation to the RNA conformational changes that occur in formation of active structures, in which U2/U6 small nuclear RNA (snRNA)(More)
A multicopy plasmid cloning vehicle, pGA22, which carries genes for ampicillin resistance (Apr), tetracycline resistance (Tcr), chloramphenicol resistance (Cmr), and kanamycin resistance (Kmr) has been constructed. This plasmid has five unique sites for restriction endonucleases EcoRI, PstI, XhoI, SmaI, and SalI within antibiotic resistance genes. pGA22,(More)
In order to approach some of the problems suggested by the presence of two genes for EF-Tu in Escherichia coli we have determined the nucleotide sequence of tufB and its genetic surroundings. Comparison with the known amino acid sequence of EF-Tu (Arai et al., 1980) and with the tufA nucleotide sequence (Yokota et al., 1980) allows some conclusions to be(More)
The average cellular content of ribonucleic acid and protein was determined in cultures of Saccharomyces cerevisiae growing exponentially at different rates in a variety of media. Estimations of the proportion of total cellular ribonucleic acid that is made up of ribosomal ribonucleic acid were used to calculate the average number of ribosomes per cell at(More)
The binding of TATA-binding protein (TBP) to the TATA element is the first step in the initiation of RNA polymerase II transcription from many promoters in vitro. It has been proposed that upstream activator proteins stimulate transcription by recruiting TBP to the promoter, thus facilitating the assembly of a transcription complex. However, the role of(More)