Melissa J. Wentz

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The objectives of this study were to develop a high-density chromosome bin map of homoeologous group 7 in hexaploid wheat (Triticum aestivum L.), to identify gene distribution in these chromosomes, and to perform comparative studies of wheat with rice and barley. We mapped 2148 loci from 919 EST clones onto group 7 chromosomes of wheat. In the majority of(More)
A template-dependent, in vitro rotavirus RNA replication system was established. The system initiated and synthesized full-length double-stranded RNAs on rotavirus positive-sense template RNAs. Native rotavirus mRNAs or in vitro transcripts, with bona fide 3' and 5' termini, derived from rotavirus cDNAs functioned as templates. Replicase activity was(More)
The hepatitis B virus (HBV) X protein (HBx) is a transactivator encoded by mammalian hepadnaviruses, and is thought to stimulate transcription by interacting with one or more host cell factors. Numerous cellular proteins have been reported to interact with HBx including a component of the nucleotide excision repair complex called ultraviolet damaged DNA(More)
Rotavirus has a capsid composed of three concentric protein layers. We coexpressed various combinations of the rotavirus structural proteins of single-layered (core) and double-layered (single-shelled) capsids from baculovirus vectors in insect cells and determined the ability of the various combinations to assemble into viruslike particles (VLPs). VLPs(More)
BACKGROUND Patients who have suffered obstetric brachial plexus injury (OBPI) have a high incidence of musculoskeletal complications stemming from the initial nerve injury. The presence of muscle imbalances and contractures leads to typical bony changes affecting the shoulder, including the SHEAR (Scapular Hypoplasia, Elevation and Rotation) deformity. The(More)
Obstetric brachial plexus injuries (OBPI) result in bony derangements that include posterior humeral head subluxation, glenoid retroversion, and joint incongruity. Often these deformities are accompanied by scapular hypoplasia, elevation, and rotation, which further exacerbate shoulder dysfunction. The purpose of the current study was to investigate the(More)
We used an in vitro template-dependent replicase assay (D. Chen, C. Zeng, M. Wentz, M. Gorziglia, M. Estes, and R. Ramig. J. Virol. 68:7030-7039, 1994) to identify the cis-acting signals required for replication of a genome segment 9 template from the group A rotavirus strain OSU. The replicase phenotypes for a panel of templates with internal deletions or(More)
BACKGROUND Patients with incomplete recovery from obstetric brachial plexus injury (OBPI) usually develop secondary muscle imbalances and bone deformities at the shoulder joint. Considerable efforts have been made to characterize and correct the glenohumeral deformities, and relatively less emphasis has been placed on the more subtle ones, such as those of(More)
An in vitro replication system supporting the initiation and synthesis of complete rotavirus (-)-strands on (+)-strand template RNA (Chen et al., J Virol 68: 7030, 1994) was used to examine several parameters related to rotavirus RNA replication. Coexpression of VP1/2/3 in all possible combinations from baculovirus vectors revealed: [i] Virus-like particles(More)