Lara Kravariti

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The deacetylase inhibitor Trichostatin A (TSA) induces the transcription of the Major Histocompatibility Class II (MHC II) DRA gene in a way independent of the master coactivator CIITA. To analyze the molecular mechanisms by which this epigenetic regulator stimulates MHC II expression, we used chromatin immunoprecipitation (ChIP) assays to monitor the(More)
Bombyx mori unpaired early chorion gene copies 6F6.1,.2 and.3 are exceptions to the typical organization and distribution pattern of known early ErA/ErB, middle A/B and late HcA/HcB divergently transcribed gene pairs. Contrary to such pairs, the boundaries of the 6F6 regulatory sequences are not easily defined; moreover, they share common sequence elements(More)
A comprehensive sequence analysis of three early chorion genes (6F6.1, 6F6.2, 6F6.3) which form a small subfamily is presented. Two main features characterize this subfamily: (1) the 6F6 gene copies are β-branch genes and, unlike typical chorion genes which are organized in divergent gene pairs, they are unpaired, and (2) they are not clustered in genetic(More)
Sea mussels (genus Mytilus) have two mitochondrial genomes in obligatory co-existence, one that is transmitted through the egg and the other through the sperm. The phenomenon, known as Doubly Uniparental Inheritance (DUI) of mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA), is presently known to occur in more than 40 molluscan bivalve species. Females and the somatic tissues of(More)
Screening systems for ecdysteroid mimetic or antiecdysteroid substances in plant extracts or libraries of synthetic compounds are commonly based on the observation of morphological and/or growth responses in insect cell lines. Because these responses are slow and require careful monitoring, existing screening systems are considered limited regarding their(More)
This is the first attempt to identify regulatory elements that are involved in early choriogenesis of the silkworm Bombyx mori. A new cis element in the promoter region of five early chorion genes was identified. The consensus sequence of this element matches the consensus of the C/EBP DNA binding site. Moreover, this sequence interacts with a 70 kD protein(More)
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