Megan Guerin

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The prmA gene, located at 72 min on the Escherichia coli chromosome, is the genetic determinant of ribosomal protein L11-methyltransferase activity. Mutations at this locus, prmA1 and prmA3, result in a severely undermethylated form of L11. No effect, other than the lack of methyl groups on L11, has been ascribed to these mutations. DNA sequence analysis of(More)
To determine whether the biogenesis of ribosomes in Escherichia coli is the result of the self-assembly of their different constituents or involves the participation of additional factors, we have studied the influence of a chaperone, the product of the gene dnaK, on ribosome assembly in vivo. Using three thermosensitive (ts) mutants carrying the mutations(More)
Flow cytometry was partnered with a nonfluorescent reporter protein for rapid, early stage identification of clones producing high levels of a therapeutic protein. A cell surface protein, not normally expressed on CHO cells, is coexpressed, as a reporter, with the therapeutic protein and detected using a fluorescently labeled antibody. The genes encoding(More)
Proteolytic degradation of ribosomal proteins occurs during the preparation of subunits of the cytoplasmic ribosomes of the protozoa Tetrahymena thermophila and the isolated subunits are inactive. Addition of 5 mM iodoacetamide to cell suspensions before extraction inhibits proteolytic activity and permits isolation of active subunits. The protein(More)
Dissociation of E. Coli 70S ribosomes in the presence of 0.1 mM Mg++ yields partially inactivated 30S and 50S subunits. This inactivation can be avoided by dissociating the 70S ribosome in a medium containing 10 mM Mg++. 400 mM Na+. Comparison of the active and inactive forms of the 30S and 50S subunits has led to the following conclusions: 1) The two forms(More)
Treatment of large (60S) subunit of the cytoplasmic ribosome of the protozoa Tetrahymena thermophila with EDTA causes quantitative release of 5S rRNA associated with variable non quantitative amounts of one or more of 60S proteins L4, L15, L24, L31 and L41. The composition of the group of proteins released with 5S rRNA depends on both the molar ratio of(More)
Two-dimensional electrophoretic analysis of proteins of the cytoplasmic ribosome of the protozoa Tetrahymena thermophila labeled in vivo with L-[14C1]methionine and L-[3H-methyl]methionine identifies one heavily methylated protein in each ribosomal subunit. These proteins, S31 and L21, each contain N epsilon-trimethyl-lysine.