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The deduced amino acid sequence of the cardiac sarcolemmal Na(+)-Ca2+ exchanger has a region which could represent a calmodulin binding site. As calmodulin binding regions of proteins often have an autoinhibitory role, a synthetic peptide with this sequence was tested for functional effects on Na(+)-Ca2+ exchange activity. The peptide inhibits the(More)
Extracellular DNA (eDNA), a by-product of cell lysis, was recently established as a critical structural component of the Enterococcus faecalis biofilm matrix. Here, we describe fratricide as the governing principle behind gelatinase (GelE)-mediated cell death and eDNA release. GFP reporter assays confirmed that GBAP (gelatinase biosynthesis-activating(More)
The repressor of the fructose (fru) operon of Salmonella typhimurium (FruR) has been implicated in the transcriptional regulation of dozens of genes concerned with central metabolic pathways of carbon utilization. We here report the nucleotide sequence of the gene encoding FruR and analyse both its operator-promoter region and its deduced amino acyl(More)
A synthetic 23-mer peptide (M2GlyR) with the amino acid sequence of the putative transmembrane segment M2 of the strychnine-binding alpha subunit of the inhibitory glycine receptor forms anion-selective channels in phospholipid bilayers. The most frequent events show single-channel conductances, gamma, of 25 pS and 49 pS in symmetric 0.5 M KCl with channel(More)
Tomato spotted wilt virus (TSWV) is transmitted by Frankliniella occidentalis in a persistent propagative manner. Despite the extensive replication of TSWV in midgut and salivary glands, there is little to no pathogenic effect on F. occidentalis. We hypothesize that the first-instar larva (L1) of F. occidentalis mounts a response to TSWV that protects it(More)
Aphid saliva is predicted to contain proteins that modulate plant defenses and facilitate feeding. Armet is a well-characterized bifunctional protein in mammalian systems. Here we report a new role of Armet, namely as an effector protein in the pea aphid, Acyrthosiphon pisum. Pea aphid Armet's physical and chemical properties and its intracellular role are(More)
Subunit IV of yeast cytochrome oxidase is made in the cytoplasm with a transient pre-sequence of 25 amino acids which is removed upon import of the protein into mitochondria. To study the function of this cleavable pre-sequence in mitochondrial protein import, three peptides representing 15, 25 or 33 amino-terminal residues of the subunit IV precursor were(More)
Human cDNA was mutagenized to duplicate six naturally occurring mutations in the gene for glucocere-brosidase. The mutant genes were expressed in NIH 3T3 cells. The abnormal human enzymes were purified by immunoaffinity chromatography and characterized. The Asn370----Ser mutant protein differed from normal enzyme in its inhibition by both conduritol B(More)
Tribolium castaneum is an important agricultural pest and an advanced genetic model for coleopteran insects. We have taken advantage of the recently acquired T. castaneum genome to identify T. castaneum genes and proteins in one of the more critical environmental interfaces of the insect, the larval alimentary tract. Genetic transcripts isolated from the T.(More)
The hypothesis that an imbalanced cyclic AMP and cyclic GMP ratio was central to the cutaneous expression of psoriasis prompted the design of a series of in vitro experiments. The aim of these studies was to describe the functional effects of increased intracellular cyclic AMP and of drugs therapeutic in psoriasis on epidermal keratinocyte growth. Epidermal(More)