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abnormal spindle, a gene required for normal spindle structure and function in Drosophila melanogaster, lies immediately adjacent the gene tolloid at 96A/B. It encodes a 220-kD polypeptide with a predicted pI of 10.8. The recessive mutant allele asp1 directs the synthesis of a COOH terminally truncated or internally deleted peptide of approximately 124 kD.(More)
Drosophila abnormal spindle (asp) mutants exhibit a mitotic metaphase checkpoint arrest with abnormal spindle poles, which reflects a requirement for Asp for the integrity of microtubule organising centres (MTOCs). In male meiosis, the absence of a strong spindle integrity checkpoint enables asp mutant cells to proceed through anaphase and telophase.(More)
A heat-shock-factor-binding activity was identified in Tetrahymena pyriformis whole-cell extracts and was further purified by sequential heparin-agarose and sequence-specific oligonucleotide affinity chromatography. Tetrahymena heat-shock factor (HSF) was able to bind to the heat-shock elements (HSE) both before and after thermal stress, although heat shock(More)
Replication protein A (RPA) is a highly conserved multifunctional heterotrimeric complex, involved in DNA replication, repair, recombination, and possibly transcription. Here, we report the cloning of the gene that codes for the largest subunit of the Drosophila melanogaster RPA homolog, dmRPA70. In situ hybridization showed that dmRPA70 RNA is present in(More)
The molecular mechanism involved in packaging centromeric heterochromatin is still poorly understood. CENP-B, a centromeric protein present in human cells, is though to be involved in this process. This is a DNA-binding protein that localizes to the central domain of the centromere of human and mouse chromosomes due to its association with the 17-bp CENP-B(More)
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