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We describe here the identification of eight polymorphic microsatellite loci with (CA)n repeats in the Trypanosoma cruzi genome based on the affinity capture of fragments using biotinylated (CA)12 attached to streptavidin-coated magnetic beads. The presence of two peaks in PCR amplification products from individual clones confirmed that T. cruzi is diploid.(More)
cDNAs complementary to pig kidney mRNAs coding for alpha- and beta-subunits of Na+,K+-ATPase were cloned and sequenced. Selective tryptic hydrolysis of the alpha-subunit within the membrane-bound enzyme and tryptic hydrolysis of the immobilized isolated beta-subunit were also performed. The mature alpha- and beta-subunits contain 1016 and 302 amino acid(More)
Large-scale analysis of the GC-content distribution at the gene level reveals both common features and basic differences in genomes of different groups of species. Sharp changes in GC content are detected at the transcription boundaries for all species analyzed, including human, mouse, rat, chicken, fruit fly, and worm. However, two substantially distinct(More)
RNA molecules with novel functions have revived interest in the accurate prediction of RNA three-dimensional (3D) structure and folding dynamics. However, existing methods are inefficient in automated 3D structure prediction. Here, we report a robust computational approach for rapid folding of RNA molecules. We develop a simplified RNA model for discrete(More)
We have found a substantial decrease in the level of Na,K-ATPase beta 2-subunit mRNA in xenografts of human renal, lung hepatocellular carcinomas in nude mice as compared with corresponding normal tissues, as well as in the neuroblastoma cell line as compared with the neuron primary cell culture. The level of beta 1 mRNA is decreased in kidney and lung(More)
We describe a technique for the detection and localization of RNA transcripts in living cells. The method is based on fluorescent-protein complementation regulated by the interaction of a split RNA-binding protein with its corresponding RNA aptamer. In our design, the RNA-binding protein is the eukaryotic initiation factor 4A (eIF4A). eIF4A is dissected(More)
The multigene family of human Na,K-ATPase is composed of 5 alpha-subunit genes, 3 of which were shown to encode the functionally active alpha 1, alpha 2 and alpha 3 isoforms of the catalytic subunits. This report describes the isolation, mapping and partial sequencing of the fourth gene (ATP1AL1) that was demonstrated here to be functionally active and(More)
Double-stranded (ds) DNA is capable of the sequence-specific accommodation of an additional oligodeoxyribonucleotide strand by the peptide nucleic acid(PNA)-assisted formation of a so-called PD-loop. We demonstrate here that the PD-loop may function as an artificial primosome within linear, nonsupercoiled DNA duplexes. DNA polymerase with its strand(More)
We report a new approach for target quantification directly within DNA duplex. Our assay is based on the formation of a new biomolecular structure, the PD-loop. The approach takes advantage of a selective hybridization of a probe to double-stranded DNA (dsDNA), which is locally opened by a pair of bis-PNA oligomers. To optimize the technique, several(More)
We present data on efficient amplification of large number of DNA targets using a single-tube polymerase chain reaction (PCR). This is a further enhancement of our approach to multiplexed PCR based on PCR suppression, which allows multiple DNA amplification using only one sequence-specific primer per amplicon while the second primer is common for all(More)