Katarzyna H. Kaminska

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The midgut epithelia of the millipedes Polyxenus lagurus, Archispirostreptus gigas and Julus scandinavius were analyzed under light and transmission electron microscopies. In order to detect the proliferation of regenerative cells, labeling with BrdU and antibodies against phosphohistone H3 were employed. A tube-shaped midgut of three millipedes examined(More)
Spliceosomal small nuclear ribonucleoproteins (snRNPs) in trypanosomes contain either the canonical heptameric Sm ring (U1, U5, spliced leader snRNPs), or variant Sm cores with snRNA-specific Sm subunits (U2, U4 snRNPs). Searching for specificity factors, we identified SMN and Gemin2 proteins that are highly divergent from known orthologs. SMN is(More)
MODOMICS, a database devoted to the systems biology of RNA modification, has been subjected to substantial improvements. It provides comprehensive information on the chemical structure of modified nucleosides, pathways of their biosynthesis, sequences of RNAs containing these modifications and RNA-modifying enzymes. MODOMICS also provides cross-references(More)
Virtual screening (VS) overcomes the limitations of traditional high-throughput screening (HTS) by applying computer-based methods in drug discovery. VS takes advantage of fast algorithms to filter chemical space and successfully select potential drug candidates. A key aspect in structure-based VS is the sampling of ligand-receptor conformations and the(More)
TRNAs from all organisms contain posttranscriptionally modified nucleosides, which are derived from the four canonical nucleosides. In most tRNAs that read codons beginning with U, adenosine in the position 37 adjacent to the 3' position of the anticodon is modified to N(6)-(Delta(2)-isopentenyl) adenosine (i(6)A). In many bacteria, such as Escherichia(More)
N(1)-methylation of adenosine to m(1)A occurs in several different positions in tRNAs from various organisms. A methyl group at position N(1) prevents Watson-Crick-type base pairing by adenosine and is therefore important for regulation of structure and stability of tRNA molecules. Thus far, only one family of genes encoding enzymes responsible for m(1)A(More)
We investigated the changes in dopamine (DA), glutamate and γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA) during cocaine self-administration in rats implanted with guide cannulae into the nucleus accumbens and ventral pallidum. After stabilized cocaine self-administration, separate groups of rats underwent extinction (10 days) procedure in which cocaine infusion was replaced(More)
Lysophosphatidic acid (LPA) belongs to the group of lipid messengers, which act via lysophosphatidic acid receptor 3 coupled to G-proteins. The participation of LPA3 in reproductive biology was revealed in mice and has not been studied in gilts. The present study was performed to evaluate the gene expression of LPA3 by a quantitative real-time PCR technique(More)
The Cfr methyltransferase confers combined resistance to five classes of antibiotics that bind to the peptidyl tranferase center of bacterial ribosomes by catalyzing methylation of the C-8 position of 23S rRNA nucleotide A2503. The same nucleotide is targeted by the housekeeping methyltransferase RlmN that methylates the C-2 position. Database searches with(More)
In pharmacology, it is crucial to understand the complex biological responses that drugs elicit in the human organism and how well they can be inferred from model organisms. We therefore identified a large set of drug-induced transcriptional modules from genome-wide microarray data of drug-treated human cell lines and rat liver, and first characterized(More)