Michal Chorev

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The intron-exon architecture of many eukaryotic genes raises the intriguing question of whether this unique organization serves any function, or is it simply a result of the spread of functionless introns in eukaryotic genomes. In this review, we show that introns in contemporary species fulfill a broad spectrum of functions, and are involved in virtually(More)
An appreciable fraction of introns is thought to have some function, but there is no obvious way to predict which specific intron is likely to be functional. We hypothesize that functional introns experience a different selection regime than non-functional ones and will therefore show distinct evolutionary histories. In particular, we expect functional(More)
Intron positions upon the mRNA transcript are sometimes remarkably conserved even across distantly related eukaryotic species. This has made the comparison of intron-exon architectures across orthologous transcripts a very useful tool for studying various evolutionary processes. Moreover, the wide range of functions associated with introns may confer(More)
RNA-seq is becoming a preferred tool for genomics studies of model and non-model organisms. However, DNA-based analysis of organisms lacking sequenced genomes cannot rely on RNA-seq data alone to isolate most genes of interest, as DNA codes both exons and introns. With this in mind, we designed a novel tool, LEMONS, that exploits the evolutionary(More)
Integrins are cell-surface adhesion molecules involved in mediating cell-extracellular matrix interactions. High-resolution structural data are not available for these heterodimeric receptors. In order to generate tools for photoaffinity scanning of the RGD-binding site of human integrin alphaVbeta3. new conformationally constrained ligands were designed.(More)
Lysine occupies position 13 in the parathyroid hormone (PTH) antagonist, [Nle8,18,Tyr34]bPTH(7-34)NH2. Acylation of the epsilon-amino group in lysine 13 by a hydrophobic moiety is well tolerated in terms of bioactivity: the analog [Nle8,18, D-Trp12,Lys 13 (epsilon-3-phenylpropanoyl),Tyr34]bPTH(7-34)NH2 is equivalent to the parent peptide in its affinity for(More)
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