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Several LINE-1s have been isolated and characterized from genomic DNA of the vole, Microtus kirgisorum. Blot hybridization revealed specific restriction patterns of L1 elements in vole genomes. Rehybridization of the genomic blot with a cloned 5'-end fragment revealed two major bands indicating the presence of two different L1 subfamilies. The copy numbers(More)
Pallid is one of 12 independent murine mutations with a prolonged bleeding time that are models for human platelet storage pool deficiencies in which several intracellular organelles are abnormal. We have mapped the murine gene for protein 4.2 (Epb4.2) to chromosome 2 where it co-localizes with pallid. Southern blot analyses suggest that pallid is a(More)
BACKGROUND Antibody genes are diversified by somatic hypermutation (SHM), gene conversion and class-switch recombination. All three processes are initiated by the activation-induced deaminase (AID). According to a DNA deamination model of SHM, AID converts cytosine to uracil in DNA sequences. The initial deamination of cytosine leads to mutation and(More)
We have investigated thyroid structure and function in mice homozygous for the chromosome 15 mutation, congenital goitre (cog). Abnormal thyroidal hypertrophy and reduced iodine uptake in cog/cog mice were observed as early as day 18 of gestation, corresponding to the onset of thyroid function. Growth continued unabated in mutants throughout the 10-month(More)
We report the mapping of the human and mouse genes for transcription factor GATA-4, a newly identified member of DNA-binding proteins involved in lineage determination. The human GATA4 gene was assigned to the short arm of human chromosome 8 using genomic DNAs from human-rodent somatic cell hybrid lines. Southern blot analyses indicated the presence of a(More)
DNA polymerase (pol) eta participates in hypermutation of A:T bases in Ig genes because humans deficient for the polymerase have fewer substitutions of these bases. To determine whether polymerase eta is also responsible for the well-known preference for mutations of A vs T on the nontranscribed strand, we sequenced variable regions from three patients with(More)
A repetitive DNA sequence, MS2, was isolated from EcoRI-digested genomic DNA of the vole, Microtus subarvalis. The fragment was cloned and sequenced. Sequence analysis of this 1194-bp fragment revealed a 156-bp region demonstrating a 55% homology with the mouse B1 repeat. The remaining MS2 sequence shows no significant homology with other known GenBank(More)
Growth factors have been used experimentally to accelerate wound healing by increasing scar tissue formation at a wound site. These studies suggest that stimulation of fibroblastic differentiation and proliferation are essential components of adult tissue repair. Recent studies report the presence of mesenchymal stem cells within granulation tissue and as(More)