Marta Blumenfeld

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A map of 191 single-nucleotide polymorphism (SNPs) was built across a 5-Mb segment from chromosome 13q34 that has been genetically linked to schizophrenia. DNA from 213 schizophrenic patients and 241 normal individuals from Canada were genotyped with this marker set. Two 1,400- and 65-kb regions contained markers associated with the disease. Two markers(More)
We have identified and characterized two mutually exclusive nuclear proteins that interact with a single crucial element of the albumin promoter. One, albumin proximal factor (APF), is found only in liver or differentiated hepatoma cells and is probably identical to the liver-specific factor named HNF1, alpha 1TFB, or HP1-binding protein. The other, variant(More)
Hepatocyte nuclear factor 1 (HNF1) is a dimeric homeoprotein expressed in hepatocytes and in a few other epithelial cells where it helps regulate the expression of a specific subset of genes. In an attempt to identify novel target genes for HNF1 and to assess the distribution of its target sites within the vertebrate genome, we performed a computer-assisted(More)
Most human traits result from the complex interaction of genetic and environmental factors. Contemporary biological and medical research has focused on the elucidation of genetic factors, most likely because a greater set of technologies have been developed which focus on genetics. Many of these genetic technologies, in particular DNA marker-based mapping(More)
Drosophila virilis DNA contains satellites I, II, and III. D. novamexicana DNA contains satellite I. D. virilis H1 histone contains subfractions a, b, c, d, and e; D. novamexicana H1 contains subfractions a, b, and c. Therefore, satellites II and III might be correlated with H1d and H1e. To test the validity of this correlation, the H1 histones of polytene(More)
Mononucleosomes prepared from Drosophila melanogaster nuclei contain the four core histones H2A, H2B, H3, and H4 plus an additional histone-like, acid-soluble, chromosomal protein. It is probably the protein designated D2 by Alfageme et al. [Alfageme, C.R., Zweidler, A., Mahowald, A. & Cohen, L.H. (1974) J. Biol. Chem. 249, 3729-3736]. D2 elutes with(More)
Drosophila chromatin contains two antigenically distinct H2A histones, H2A.1 and H2A.2. Indirect immunofluorescence analyses revealed that anti-H2A.1 binding was distributed throughout polytene chromosomes, whereas anti-H2A.2 binding was interband-specific. Thus, H2A.2 probably contributes to the less compacted structure of interbands. Since each(More)
Hepatic Nuclear Factor 1 (HNF1, also referred to as LFB1, HP1 or APF) is a liver-specific transcription factor required for the expression of many hepatocyte specific genes. We report here the purification of this rat liver nuclear protein and the cloning of its cDNA using a PCR-derived approach. Seven independent clones reveal 3 alternative polyadenylation(More)