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Many organisms respond to DNA damage by inducing expression of DNA repair genes. We find that the human stomach pathogen Helicobacter pylori instead induces transcription and translation of natural competence genes, thus increasing transformation frequency. Transcription of a lysozyme-like protein that promotes DNA donation from intact cells is also… (More)
To study the regulation of the early stages of hematopoiesis, cDNA representational difference analysis was used to isolate genes that were differentially expressed in primitive hematopoietic progenitors. The reasoning was that such genes were more likely to provide functions important to hematopoietic stem cells and progenitors. One of the genes identified… (More)
The peptidoglycan (PG) cell wall is an essential component of the cell envelope of most bacteria. Biogenesis of PG involves a lipid-linked disaccharide-pentapeptide intermediate called lipid II, which must be translocated across the cytoplasmic membrane after it is synthesized in the inner leaflet of this bilayer. Accordingly, it has been demonstrated that… (More)
BACKGROUND The incidence of esophageal adenocarcinoma (EAC) has increased nearly five-fold over the last four decades in the United States. Barrett's esophagus, the replacement of the normal squamous epithelial lining with a mucus-secreting columnar epithelium, is the only known precursor to EAC. Like other parts of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, the… (More)
[This corrects the article DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0161587.].