Katrin Böttcher

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In order to discover possible new testicular paracrine factors involved in the establishment of spermatogenesis, a modified differential display reverse transcription, polymerase chain reaction (DDRT-PCR) procedure was used to detect gene transcripts preferentially expressed in the testes of the azoospermic w/w(v) mutant mouse. One of the differentially(More)
Immunoglobulin (Ig) diversification by somatic hypermutation in germinal center B cells is instrumental for maturation of the humoral immune response, but also bears the risk of excessive or aberrant genetic changes. Thus, introduction of DNA damage by activation-induced cytidine deaminase as well as DNA repair by multiple pathways need to be tightly(More)
During replication, bypass of DNA lesions is orchestrated by the Rad6 pathway. Monoubiquitination of proliferating cell nuclear antigen (PCNA) by Rad6/Rad18 leads to recruitment of translesion polymerases for direct and potentially mutagenic damage bypass. An error-free bypass pathway may be initiated via K63-linked PCNA polyubiquitination by Ubc13/Mms2 and(More)
Activation-induced cytidine deaminase (AID) initiates immunoglobulin diversification in germinal center B cells by targeted introduction of DNA damage. As aberrant nuclear AID action contributes to the generation of B cell lymphoma, the protein's activity is tightly regulated, e.g. by nuclear/cytoplasmic shuttling and nuclear degradation. In the present(More)
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