Megan Simpson

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The sequence of the region of the mitochondrial genome that encodes cytochrome oxidase subunit II (COII) has been determined for each of two closely related rat species, Rattus norvegicus and R. rattus. Comparison of the two sequences shows that 94.4% of the nucleotide substitutions are silent. The occurrence of this high proportion of silent substitutions(More)
Restriction endonuclease analysis has revealed extensive mtDNA polymorphism in two species of rats, Rattus rattus and Rattus norvegicus. Sequence divergence values for the eight detected R. norvegicus variants range from 0.2% to 1.8% and for the eight R. rattus variants, from 0.2% to 9.6%. Three of the most closely related R. norvegicus mtDNA's appear to(More)
The chloro and pyridinate derivatives of rhenium(I) tricarbonyl complexes containing the diimine ligands 2,2'-bipyrazine (bpz) and 5,5'-dimethyl-2,2'-bipyrazine (Me2bpz) are reported. Absorption maxima occur in the visible and ultraviolet regions of the spectrum; emission is structureless at room temperature and at 77 K; the infrared spectrum consists of(More)
We have reported previously that rat liver mitochondria contain a topoisomerase and have shown it to be distinct from the nuclear enzyme by its sensitivity to Berenil and ethidium bromide. We report here some additional characterization. The enzyme differs further from its nuclear counterpart in its failure to bind to ssDNA cellulose and its chromatographic(More)
Restriction enzyme analysis of mtDNAs for the purpose of determining sequence divergence rests on the assumption that variant recognition sites differ with respect to sequence and not methylation. This assumption was tested on two mtDNAs, A and B, which are distributed throughout the laboratory rat population and which can be distinguished by a number of(More)
Transitions in the histone complement of nuclei during sea urchin spermatogenesis were investigated by two-dimensional gel electrophoresis. Nuclei were isolated from male gonads of individuals differing in degree of maturity. Unlike protamines, the sea urchin sperm-specific histone variants Sp H1 and Sp H2B appear early in spermatogenesis, well before(More)