James H. Dyer

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Here we show that scavenger receptor class B type I is present in the small-intestine brush border membrane where it facilitates the uptake of dietary cholesterol from either bile salt micelles or phospholipid vesicles. This receptor can also function as a port for several additional classes of lipids, including cholesteryl esters, triacylglycerols, and(More)
A novel plant phospholipase D (PLD; EC activity, which is dependent on phosphatidylinositol 4,5-bisphosphate (PIP2) and nanomolar concentrations of calcium, has been identified in Arabidopsis. This report describes the cloning, expression, and characterization of an Arabidopsis cDNA that encodes this PLD. We have designated names of PLDbeta for(More)
Thiolase I and II coexist as part of the glyoxysomal beta-oxidation system in sunflower (Helianthus annuus L.) cotyledons, the only system shown to have both forms. The importance of thiolases can be underscored not only by their ubiquity, but also by their involvement in a wide variety of processes in plants, animals and bacteria. Here we describe the(More)
The determination of the NMR structure of the sterol carrier protein-2 (SCP2), analysis of backbone (15)N spin relaxation parameters and NMR studies of nitroxide spin-labeled substrate binding are presented as a new basis for investigations of the mode of action of SCP2. The SCP2 fold is formed by a five-stranded beta-sheet and four alpha-helices. Fatty(More)
Phospholipase D (EC has been implicated in diverse cellular processes, but its physiological role is not well established in plants. In order to develop immunological and molecular biology approaches to address the problem, we report here the immunological analysis and N-terminal amino acid sequence of a cytosolic phospholipase D from castor bean(More)
A cDNA from a novel Ca2+-dependent member of the mitochondrial solute carrier superfamily was isolated from a rabbit small intestinal cDNA library. The full-length cDNA clone was 3,298 nt long and coded for a protein of 475 amino acids, with four elongation factor-hand motifs located in the N-terminal half of the molecule. The 25-kDa N-terminal polypeptide(More)
The breakdown of fatty acids, performed by the beta-oxidation cycle, is crucial for plant germination and sustainability. beta-Oxidation involves four enzymatic reactions. The final step, in which a two-carbon unit is cleaved from the fatty acid, is performed by a 3-ketoacyl-CoA thiolase (KAT). The shortened fatty acid may then pass through the cycle again(More)
The glyoxysomal beta-oxidation system in sunflower (Helianthus annuus L.) cotyledons is distinguished by the coexistence of two different thiolase isoforms, thiolase I and II. So far, this phenomenon has only been described for glyoxysomes from sunflower cotyledons. Thiolase I (acetoacetyl-CoA thiolase, EC recognizes acetoacetyl-CoA only, while(More)
The occurrence of multiple forms of phospholipase D (EC was investigated in different tissues of castor bean (Ricinus communis) and in other plant species. Phospholipase D variants were resolved by nondenaturing and isoelectric focusing polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis and detected by immunoblotting using anti-phospholipase D antibodies and by(More)