Marilyn N. Szentirmay

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To identify molecular mechanisms that control activity-dependent gene expression in the CNS, we have characterized the factors that mediate activity-dependent transcription of BDNF promoter III. We report the identification of a Ca(2+)-responsive E-box element, CaRE2, within BDNF promoter III that binds upstream stimulatory factors 1 and 2 (USF1/2) and show(More)
Although the transcription factor USF2 has been implicated in the regulation of cellular growth and proliferation, it is unknown whether alterations in USF2 contribute to tumorigenesis and tumor development. We examined the role of USF2 in prostate tumorigenesis. Western blot analysis revealed markedly decreased USF2 levels in three androgen-independent(More)
There are indications that different concentrations of Sarkosyl can block transcription initiation by RNA polymerase II in vitro at different functional steps [Hawley and Roeder (1985) J. Biol. Chem. 260, 8163-8172]. Consequently, this reagent could be a very useful tool for mechanistic studies. So far, however, evidence for the selectivity of Sarkosyl(More)
USF and c-Myc are basic helix–loop–helix transcription factors with similar DNA-binding specificities, but antagonistic effects on cellular transformation. In order to determine how these opposite functions correlate with the transcriptional activities of the two factors on particular downstream targets, we investigated the roles of USF and c-Myc in(More)
We have investigated conditions that allow multiple rounds of transcription initiation from the adenovirus major late promoter in an in vitro system derived from HeLa cell nuclear extracts. Templates containing guanine-free cassettes provided a direct assay for discriminating between reinitiated transcripts and transcripts generated by a first-round of(More)
USF i s a family of ubiquitous transcription factors that are structurally related to the Myc oncoproteins and also share with Myc a common DNA-binding specificity. While the structure and DNA-binding properties of the USF transcription factors are well characterized, their biological function i s only beginning to emerge. Experiments in cultured cel ls(More)
The functional reconstitution of glutamate receptor proteins purified from mammalian brain has been difficult to accomplish. However, channels activated by L-glutamate (L-Glu) and N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) were detected in planar lipid bilayer membranes (PLMs) following the reconstitution of a complex of proteins with binding sites for NMDA receptor(More)
Luminescence probe studies of sulphonated Teflon and sulphonated polyethylene ionomer membranes are described. These studies have shown that the micropolarities of the ionic clusters within these ionomers are quite dynamic, varying with the nature of the chain material and the membrane water content. These studies also suggest that polymer chain material(More)
An important control point for gene regulation is the frequency of initiations leading to different numbers of RNA polymerases simultaneously transcribing the same gene. To date, the only direct assay for multiple-round transcription by RNA polymerase II in vitro required G-free cassette-containing templates and GTP-free conditions and was thus restricted(More)