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The Wilms' tumor locus (WTL) at 11p13 contains a gene that encodes a zinc finger-containing protein that has characteristics of a DNA-binding protein. However, binding of this protein to DNA in a sequence-specific manner has not been demonstrated. A synthetic gene was constructed that contained the zinc finger region, and the protein was expressed in(More)
The expression of Id1, a helix-loop-helix protein which inhibits the activity of basic helix-loop-helix transcription factors, is down-regulated during cellular differentiation and cell cycle withdrawal both in tissue culture models and in mouse embryos. In order to study the mechanism of control of Idl expression, we have isolated a 210-bp enhancer element(More)
The distribution and frequency of point mutations in the first and second coding exons of the N-ras proto-oncogene was examined in 6 cases of Philadelphia positive (Ph+) hemopoietic malignancies. To increase the detection sensitivity of the mutations and to estimate more accurately the frequency of abnormal alleles in the hemopoietic cell population, a(More)
Approximately 80% of hematopoietic malignancies of the B-cell lineage carry only one or two immunoglobulin heavy chain gene rearrangements indicating their clonal origin. These rearrangements due to the recombination of various variable, diversity, and joining regions of the heavy-chain gene segments during B-cell commitment result in a region called(More)
We analysed the biochemical properties of the transcription factor encoded by the putative tumor-suppressor gene present at the WT1 Wilms' tumor locus. A gene containing the full-length amino acid coding sequence of human wt1 was reconstructed from synthetic oligonucleotides and cloned into expression vectors for in vitro and in vivo protein synthesis.(More)
Vitamin D promotes differentiation of cells either by simply enhancing phenotypic gene expression and/or by suppressing expression of inhibitors of differentiation. Previously, we reported that expression of a gene encoding Id1, a negative type helix-loop-helix transcription factor, was transcriptionally suppressed by 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3 (1,25(OH)2D3)(More)
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