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The establishment and operation of the nervous system requires genetic regulation by a network of DNA-binding proteins, among which is the zinc finger superfamily of transcription factors. We have cloned and characterized a member of the unusual Cys-Cys-His-Cys (also referred to as Cys2HisCys, CCHC, or C2HC) class of zinc finger proteins in the developing(More)
The production of myelin by oligodendrocytes requires the coordinated, massive synthesis of myelin components, a program that is dependent on transcriptional controls. Myelin transcription factor I (MyTI) was named for its ability to recognize the proteolipid protein (PLP) gene, the most abundantly transcribed central nervous system myelin gene (Kim and(More)
Inauguration of the myelin program in developing oligodendrocytes requires the activation of those genes that encode the myelin proteins and the enzymes responsible for the synthesis and degradation of myelin lipids. An activator of the most abundantly expressed myelin protein, proteolipid protein (PLP), has been identified in a yeast one-hybrid system. The(More)
Detection and characterization of distinct central nervous system (CNS) tumor cell types is clinically important since distinct tumor types are associated with different prognoses and treatments. However, there is currently a lack of markers to identify certain glioma types and insufficient understanding as to which cells give rise to different glioma cell(More)
Internal initiation of translation, a mechanism infrequently used by cellular messages, avoids the requirement of a methyl cap structure for translation of messenger RNAs. The mRNA transcript encoding the DNA-binding protein MYT2 represents one of the exceptional cellular messages that contains an internal ribosome entry site (IRES). The RNA pseudoknot(More)
Insect nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChRs) are targets for insecticides. Despite the importance of the nAChR as a major target for insecticide action, modulators of nAChRs in insects remain unidentified. Here we describe the cloning and identification of a nAChR modulator gene in an insect. This gene was isolated by searching the firefly Pyrocoelia(More)
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