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Rad23 is a highly conserved protein involved in nucleotide excision repair (NER) that associates with the proteasome via its N-terminus. Its C-terminal ubiquitin-associated (UBA) domain is evolutionarily conserved from yeast to humans. However, the cellular function of UBA domains is not completely understood. Recently, RAD23 and DDI1, both DNA(More)
Selected channel-lining cysteine mutants from the M2 segment of rat alpha1 gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) type A receptor subunit, at positions 257, 261, 264, and 272 were co-expressed with beta1 and gamma2 subunits in Xenopus oocytes. They generated functional receptors displaying conductance and response to both GABA and picrotoxinin similar to the wild(More)
To determine the range of tissues in which the human epidermal growth factor (EGF) receptor promoter is active, we created 12 independently derived lines of mice expressing a transgene consisting of human EGF receptor promoter and enhancer sequences fused to the bacterial chloramphenicol acetyltransferase (CAT) gene. Analysis for the presence of CAT(More)
The molecular basis of ligand recognition by the melanocortin 4 receptor (MC4R) has not been fully defined. In this study, we investigated the molecular determinants of MC4R ligand binding, employing a large array of ligands, using three approaches. First, molecular modeling of the receptor was used to identify Phe284, in transmembrane (TM) 7, as a(More)
There has been great interest in melanocortin (MC) receptors as targets for the design of novel therapeutics to treat disorders of body weight, such as obesity and cachexia. Both genetic and pharmacological evidence points toward central MC4 receptors as the principal target. Using highly selective peptide tools for the MC4 receptor, which have become(More)
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