Maria DeLuca

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Quantitative traits are shaped by networks of pleiotropic genes . To understand the mechanisms that maintain genetic variation for quantitative traits in natural populations and to predict responses to artificial and natural selection, we must evaluate pleiotropic effects of underlying quantitative trait genes and define functional allelic variation at the(More)
The NADH and NADPH specific FMN oxidoreductases from Beneckea harveyi have been purified to homogeneity as judged by single bands on sodium dodecyl sulfate gel electrophoresis. The overall purification for the NADH specific enzyme is 3000-fold and 4000-fold for the NADPH specific enzyme from a crude extract. The final step in the purification procedure is(More)
Studies of the three human creatine phosphokinase (EC 2.7.3.2) isoenzymes, MM, MB, and BB, show that important differences exist in substrate dependency of the reaction rates. A method was developed to study these properties in which the ATP formed in the reverse reaction was measured by means of firefly luciferase. With substrate conditions at which the(More)
The study of enzymes sequestered in artificial or biological systems is generally conducted by indirect methodology with macroscopic measurements of reactants in the bulk medium. This paper describes a new approach with firefly luciferase to monitor ATP concentration directly in the microenvironment of enzymes producing or consuming ATP. Upon addition of(More)
A simple, rapid, and sensitive bioluminescence method for measuring primary bile acids has been developed and validated. The method is based on enzymatic dehydrogenation of bile acids using a bacterial 7 alpha-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase that is co-immobilized on Sepharose 4B beads with NADH:FMN oxidoreductase and a bacterial luciferase. The assay is(More)
Highly purified NADH and NADPH:FMN oxidoreductases from Beneckea harveyi have been characterized with regard to kinetic parameters, association with luciferase, activity with artificial electron acceptors, and the effects of inhibitors. The NADH:FMN oxidoreductase exhibits single displacement kinetics while the NADPH:FMN oxidoreductase exhibits double(More)
Bacterial luciferase and NADH:FMN oxidoreductase have been immobilized onto arylamine glass beads. These immobilized enzymes can detect as little as 0.2 pmol of NADH per assay sample. Glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase has been co-immobilized with these enzymes, and with this system it is possible to quantitate 1 pmol of glucose 6-phosphate. By(More)