Luis Pessoa-Brandão

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A quantitative and selective genetic assay was developed to monitor expansions of trinucleotide repeats (TNRs) in yeast. A promoter containing 25 repeats allows expression of a URA3 reporter gene and yields sensitivity to the drug 5-fluoroorotic acid. Expansion of the TNR to 30 or more repeats turns off URA3 and provides drug resistance. When integrated at(More)
A quantitative genetic assay was developed to monitor alterations in tract lengths of trinucleotide repeat sequences in Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Insertion of (CAG)50 or (CTG)50 repeats into a promoter that drives expression of the reporter gene ADE8 results in loss of expression and white colony color. Contractions within the trinucleotide sequences to(More)
Trinucleotide repeat (TNR) instability in humans is governed by unique cis-elements. One element is a threshold, or minimal repeat length, conferring frequent mutations. Since thresholds have not been directly demonstrated in model systems, their molecular nature remains uncertain. Another element is sequence specificity. Unstable TNR sequences are almost(More)
CDC7 and DBF4 encode the essential Cdc7-Dbf4 protein kinase required for DNA replication in eukaryotes from yeast to human. Cdc7-Dbf4 is also required for DNA damage-induced mutagenesis, one of several postreplicational DNA damage tolerance mechanisms mediated by the RAD6 epistasis group. Several genes have been determined to function in separate branches(More)
Nerve growth factor (NGF) induces transcription-dependent neural differentiation of PC12 cells, and the ERK family of MAPKs has been implicated as the dominant signal pathway that mediates this response. We employed a neurofilament light chain (NFLC) promoter-luciferase (NFLC-Luc) reporter to define the role of the ERKs as well as additional MAPK pathways(More)
Eukaryotic chromosomal replication is a complicated process with many origins firing at different efficiencies and times during S phase. Prereplication complexes are assembled on all origins in G(1) phase, and yet only a subset of complexes is activated during S phase by DDK (for Dbf4-dependent kinase) (Cdc7-Dbf4). The yeast mcm5-bob1 (P83L) mutation(More)
Phosphatidylinositol catabolism in Saccharomyces cerevisiae is known to result in the formation of extracellular glycerophosphoinositol (GroPIns). We now report that S. cerevisiae not only produces but also reutilizes extracellular GroPIns and that these processes are regulated in response to inositol availability. A wild-type strain uniformly prelabeled(More)
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