Jennifer A Mertz

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BACKGROUND Mouse mammary tumor virus (MMTV) encodes the Rem protein, an HIV Rev-like protein that enhances nuclear export of unspliced viral RNA in rodent cells. We have shown that Rem is expressed from a doubly spliced RNA, typical of complex retroviruses. Several recent reports indicate that MMTV can infect human cells, suggesting that MMTV might interact(More)
Transport and surface expression of the invasion plasmid antigens (Ipa proteins) is an essential trait in the pathogenicity of Shigella spp. In addition to the type III protein secretion system encoded by the mxi/spa loci on the large virulence plasmid, transport of IpaB and IpaC into the surrounding medium is modulated by IpaD. To characterize the(More)
Fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET) was used to monitor pH-dependent structural changes in the cholera toxin B subunit (CTB) and the membranes with which CTB associates. The distance separating the single tryptophan (Trp88) of each CTB monomer and a pyrene probe linked to the membrane-imbedded tail of ganglioside GM1 is not influenced by pH in a(More)
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