Justin A Wetter

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A 2.91-billion base pair (bp) consensus sequence of the euchromatic portion of the human genome was generated by the whole-genome shotgun sequencing method. The 14.8-billion bp DNA sequence was generated over 9 months from 27,271,853 high-quality sequence reads (5.11-fold coverage of the genome) from both ends of plasmid clones made from the DNA of five(More)
Caspases play a critical role in the execution of metazoan apoptosis and are thus attractive therapeutic targets for apoptosis-associated diseases. Here we report that baculovirus P49, a homolog of pancaspase inhibitor P35, prevents apoptosis in invertebrates by inhibiting an initiator caspase that is P35 insensitive. Consequently P49 blocked proteolytic(More)
Immediate-early protein IE1 is a principal regulator of viral transcription and a contributor to origin-specific DNA replication of the baculovirus Autographa californica multicapsid nucleopolyhedrovirus (AcMNPV). Since these viral functions involve interaction of dimeric IE1 with palindromic homologous region (hr) enhancer-origin elements of the AcMNPV(More)
Cellular assay development for the endothelial differentiation gene (EDG) family of G-protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) and related lysophospholipid (LP) receptors is complicated by endogenous receptor expression and divergent receptor signaling. Endogenously expressed LP receptors exist in most tissue culture cell lines. These LP receptors, along with(More)
The immediate-early protein IE1 is the principal transcriptional regulator of the baculovirus Autographa californica nucleopolyhedrovirus (AcMNPV). Transactivation by IE1 is dramatically stimulated by cis linkage of the affected promoter to AcMNPV homologous region (hr) elements that contain palindromic 28-bp repeats (28-mers) with enhancer activity. This(More)
A cluster of phosphorylation sites in LRRK2 (leucine-rich repeat kinase 2), including Ser910, Ser935, Ser955 and Ser973, is important for PD (Parkinson's disease) pathogenesis as several PD-linked LRRK2 mutants are dephosphorylated at these sites. LRRK2 is also dephosphorylated in cells after pharmacological inhibition of its kinase activity, which is(More)
Immediate early viral protein IE1 is a potent transcriptional activator encoded by baculoviruses. Although the requirement of IE1 for multiplication of Autographa californica multicapsid nucleopolyhedrovirus (AcMNPV) is well established, the functional roles of IE1 during infection are unclear. Here, we used RNA interference to ablate IE1, plus its splice(More)
IE1 is a principal transcriptional regulator of Autographa californica multicapsid nucleopolyhedrovirus (AcMNPV). Transactivation by IE1 is stimulated when early viral promoters are cis linked to homologous-region (hr) enhancer sequences of AcMNPV. This transcriptional enhancement is correlated with the binding of IE1 as a dimer to the 28-bp palindromic(More)
Seven-transmembrane (7TM) receptors play an essential role in the regulation of a wide variety of physiological processes, making them one of the top target classes for pharmaceuticals. 7TM receptor function is mediated and modulated through 2 primary processes: G-protein and beta-arrestin signaling. Classically, it has been recognized that these 2(More)
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