Melissa A Gee

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Flagellar dynein was discovered over 30 years ago as the first motor protein capable of generating force along microtubules. A cytoplasmic form of dynein has also been identified which is involved in mitosis and a wide range of other intracellular movements. Rapid progress has been made on understanding the mechanism of force production by kinesins and(More)
Cytoplasmic dynein is a molecular motor complex consisting of four major classes of polypeptide: the catalytic heavy chains (HC), intermediate chains (IC), light intermediate chains (LIC), and light chains (LC). Previous studies have reported that the ICs bind near the N terminus of the HCs, which is thought to correspond to the base of the dynein complex.(More)
We have characterized a soybean gene cluster that encodes a group of auxin-regulated RNAs (small auxin up RNAs). DNA sequencing of a portion of the locus reveals five homologous genes, spaced at intervals of about 1.25 kilobases and transcribed in alternate directions. At least three of the genes are transcriptionally regulated by auxin. An increase in the(More)
We used in situ hybridization to localize two classes of auxin-regulated transcripts, GH3 and SAURs, within organs and tissues of soybean seedlings and flowers. GH3 transcripts occurred in the inner cortex and protoxylem ridges of roots and were expressed transiently during flower and pod development. SAUR transcripts were expressed in the epidermis,(More)
We have identified a class of small mRNAs (approximately 0.5 kilobases), referred to as small auxin-up RNAs (SAURs), that increases in abundance within minutes after auxin application to excised elongating hypocotyl sections of soybean. In this study, we present evidence that SAURs accumulate in the absence of auxin when protein synthesis is inhibited.(More)
The dyneins are a class of motor protein involved in ciliary and flagellar motility, organelle transport, and chromosome segregation. Because of their large size and subunit complexity, relatively little is known about their mechanisms of force production and regulation. We report here on the expression and analysis of the entire rat cytoplasmic dynein(More)
Three classes of cytoskeletal motor protein have been identified--myosins, kinesins and dyneins. Together, these proteins are now thought to be responsible for the remarkable variety of movements that occur in eukaryotic cells and that are essential for reproduction and survival. Crystallographic analysis of the myosin and kinesin motor domains at atomic(More)
Cytoplasmic dynein is a multi subunit complex involved in retrograde transport of cellular components along microtubules. The heavy chains (HC) are very large catalytic subunits which possess microtubule binding ability. The intermediate chains (IC) are responsible for targeting dynein to its appropriate cargo by interacting with the dynactin complex. The(More)
We have recently identified a microtubule binding domain within the motor protein cytoplasmic dynein. This domain is situated at the end of a slender 10–12 nm projection which corresponds to the stalks previously observed extending from the heads of both axonemal and cytoplasmic dyneins. The stalks also correspond to the B-links observed to connect outer(More)