Nicholas P. Torpey

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Intermediate filaments are ubiquitous in eukaryotic cells, but their functions are poorly understood. The Xenopus oocyte contains both messenger RNA and protein products of cytokeratin and vimentin genes in non-overlapping arrays. The cytokeratin filaments contain dimers of the type I (acidic) subunit XLK3a(19), and the type II (basic) subunit XCK1(8),(More)
We have made antibodies against fusion proteins of Xenopus vimentin. We show for the first time the distribution of vimentin in larval stages, where it is found in cells of mesenchymal origin, and in radial glial cells. In sections of Xenopus oocytes and early embryos, immunocytochemistry reveals the presence of an extensive cytoplasmic network, distributed(More)
The mammalian c-kit receptor tyrosine kinase gene is required during embryogenesis for the survival and/or proliferation of three migrating stem cell populations: primordial germ cells, haematopoietic stem cells and neural crest-derived melanoblasts. We have cloned a Xenopus gene, XKrk1, whose closest relative is c-kit. Differences in the expression pattern(More)
We report the identity of a major component of Triton-insoluble extracts from Xenopus oocytes and early embryos. In a previous paper we showed that an antibody, Z9, cross-reacts with two polypeptides from such extracts (Mr 56,000 and 57,000) as well as Xenopus vimentin. Direct microsequencing of the Mr 57,000 protein shows near identity of three tryptic(More)
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