Mark C. Emerick

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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)
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 models. It is(More)
Human protein diversity is partly due to a process called alternative splicing which enables different exon/intron combinations arising from a single gene. We know that the prevalence of these combinations is development and tissue specific but we are far from understanding the mechanism of alternative splicing and what causes the spliceosome to produce an(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)
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)
Previous studies have shown that the short-motif electroplax Na channel is phosphorylated in vitro by cyclic AMP-dependent protein kinase (PKA) at serines 6 or 7 and 1776 and threonine 17 (Emerick & Agnew, 1989). We here show that phosphatase treatment of solubilized, purified Na channels enhanced subsequent PKA labeling of four of five tryptic(More)
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 to(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)