Mark C. Emerick

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BACKGROUND The joint analysis of several categorical variables is a common task in many areas of biology, and is becoming central to systems biology investigations whose goal is to identify potentially complex interaction among variables belonging to a network. Interactions of arbitrary complexity are traditionally modeled in statistics by log-linear(More)
The structure of CACNA1I, the gene encoding alpha1I, a human brain T Ca2+ channel alpha1 subunit, was determined by comparison of polymerase chain reaction-amplified brain cDNA and genomic sequences. The gene consists of at least 36 exons spanning at least 115,168 basepairs of chromosome 22q12.3-13.2. The predicted protein has 2016 amino acids and 28(More)
We describe the regulated transcriptome of CACNA1G, a human gene for T-type Ca(v)3.1 calcium channels that is subject to extensive alternative RNA splicing. Fifteen sites of transcript variation include 2 alternative 5'-UTR promoter sites, 2 alternative 3'-UTR polyadenylation sites, and 11 sites of alternative splicing within the open reading frame. A(More)
A fluorescence assay for measuring Na channel activation in liposomes containing voltage-sensitive Na channels isolated from Electrophorus electricus is described. The assay is based on transport of a heavy-metal cation, T1+, through the activated channel to quench fluorescence of an internalized, water-soluble chromophore. The channel is "locked" in a(More)
The Na-K-ATPase, or sodium pump, is comprised of two subunits, alpha and beta. Each subunit spans the lipid bilayer of the cell membrane. This review summarizes our efforts to determine how the two subunits interact to form the functional ion transporter. Our major approach has been to observe the potential for subunit assembly when one or both subunits are(More)
BACKGROUND RNA metabolism, through 'combinatorial splicing', can generate enormous structural diversity in the proteome. Alternative domains may interact, however, with unpredictable phenotypic consequences, necessitating integrated RNA-level regulation of molecular composition. Splicing correlations within transcripts of single genes provide valuable clues(More)
Alternative splicing of pre-mRNA may generate many distinct proteins from a single gene: regulation of alternative exon selection constitutes control of molecular structure downstream of transcription. Identifying natural splice variants among hundreds or thousands of theoretical alternatives, and examining the regulation of exon selection at multiple(More)
The voltage-sensitive sodium channel from the electroplax of Electrophorus electricus is selectively phosphorylated by the catalytic subunit of cyclic-AMP-dependent protein kinase (protein kinase A) but not by protein kinase C. Under identical limiting conditions, the protein was phosphorylated 20% as rapidly as the synthetic model substrate kemptamide. A(More)
Experiments designed to identify Na pump structural features which tag the molecule for asymmetric cell-surface localization are inherently complex because either subunit, or both, may contain targeting information and because the cells which recognize those targeting signals and maintain asymmetric plasma membrane domains also express their own Na pumps,(More)
The domain structure of proteins synthesized from a single gene can be remodeled during tissue development by activities at the RNA level of gene expression. The impact of higher order RNA processing on changing patterns of protein domain selection may be explored by systematically profiling single-gene transcriptomes. itpr1 is one of three mammalian genes(More)