Magdalena Livingstone-Zatchej

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Activity-dependent protein phosphorylation is a highly dynamic yet tightly regulated process essential for cellular signaling. Although recognized as critical for neuronal functions, the extent and stoichiometry of phosphorylation in brain cells remain undetermined. In this study, we resolved activity-dependent changes in phosphorylation stoichiometry at(More)
Emotional memory is a rapidly acquired and persistent form of memory, and its robustness is in part determined by the initial strength of the memory. Here, we provide new evidence that the protein phosphatase calcineurin (CaN), a potent negative regulator of neuronal signaling that is known to constrain learning and memory, critically regulates the(More)
To characterize nucleosome structure and positioning in the chromosomal context, the chromatin structure of the whole URA3 gene was studied in the genome and in a minichromosome by testing the accessibility of DNA to micrococcal nuclease and DNase I. The cutting patterns and hence the chromatin structures were almost indistinguishable in the genome and in(More)
Yeast and many other organisms use nucleotide excision repair (NER) and photolyase in the presence of light (photoreactivation) to repair cyclobutane pyrimidine dimers (CPDs), a major class of DNA lesions generated by UV light. To study the role of photoreactivation at the chromatin level in vivo, we used yeast strains which contained minichromosomes(More)
Recent work has demonstrated a repressive effect of chromatin on the transcription of the yeast SNR6 gene in vitro. Here, we show the relations between chromatin structure and transcriptional activity of this gene in vivo. Analysis of the SNR6 locus by micrococcal nuclease digestion showed a protection of the TATA box, nuclease-sensitive sites around the A(More)
Transcription of yeast class III genes involves the formation of a transcription initiation complex that comprises RNA polymerase III (Pol III) and the general transcription factors TFIIIB and TFIIIC. Using a genetic screen for positive regulators able to compensate for a deficiency in a promoter element of the SNR6 gene, we isolated the NHP6A and NHP6B(More)
Long-lasting forms of brain plasticity are a cellular basis for long-term memory, and their disturbance underlies pathological conditions such as dementia and cognitive impairment. Neuronal plasticity is a complex process that utilizes molecular cascades in the cytoplasm and the nucleus and involves numerous transcription factors, in particular, immediate(More)
Yeast uses nucleotide excision repair (NER) and photolyase (photoreactivation) to repair cyclobutane pyrimidine dimers (CPDs) generated by ultraviolet light. In active genes, NER preferentially repairs the transcribed strand (TS). In contrast, we recently showed that photolyase preferentially repairs the non-transcribed strands (NTS) of the URA3 and HIS3(More)
Genes positioned close to telomeres in yeast are silenced by a heterochromatin-like structure containing Sir proteins. To investigate whether silencing also affects DNA repair, we studied removal of UV lesions by photolyase and nucleotide excision repair (NER) in strains containing the URA3 gene inserted 2 kilobases from a telomere. URA3 was(More)