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Some cases of Alzheimer's disease are inherited as an autosomal dominant trait. Genetic linkage studies have mapped a locus (AD3) associated with susceptibility to a very aggressive form of Alzheimer's disease to chromosome 14q24.3. We have defined a minimal cosegregating region containing the AD3 gene, and isolated at least 19 different transcripts encoded(More)
Remarkable progress has been made recently in identifying a new gene family related to the capsaicin (vanilloid) receptor, VR1. Using a combination of in silico analysis of expressed sequence tag (EST) databases and conventional molecular cloning, we have isolated a novel vanilloid-like receptor, which we call VRL-2, from human kidney. The translated gene(More)
Traditionally, most drugs have been discovered using phenotypic or target-based screens. Subsequently, their indications are often expanded on the basis of clinical observations, providing additional benefit to patients. This review highlights computational techniques for systematic analysis of transcriptomics (Connectivity Map, CMap), side effects, and(More)
About 40% (350 kb) of the human MHC class II region has been sequenced and a coordinated effort to sequence the entire MHC is underway. In addition to the coding information (22 genes/pseudogenes), the non-coding sequences reveal novel information on the organisation and evolution of the MHC as demonstrated here by the example of a 200 kb contig that has(More)
This report describes the identification of a cDNA encoding STK13, a third human protein kinase related to the Drosophila Aurora and the budding yeast Ipl1 kinases. After screening of a human placental cDNA library with a Xenopus laevis cDNA encoding the pEg2 protein kinase and 5' RACE on testis mRNA, a full-length cDNA was isolated. The chromosomal(More)
The genome of the pufferfish (Fugu rubripes) (400 Mb) is approximately 7.5 times smaller than the human genome, but it has a similar gene repertoire to that of man. If regions of the two genomes exhibited conservation of gene order (i.e., were syntenic), it should be possible to reduce dramatically the effort required for identification of candidate genes(More)
A novel testis-expressed Zn finger gene (ZNF76) was identified by screening cDNA libraries with cosmids derived from 6p21. ZNF76 is a member of the GLI-Krüppel family of DNA binding proteins. It is conserved in mouse where transcription in testis is initiated at Day 20 after birth. The mouse tcp-11 gene is located in the distal inversion of the t-complex(More)
We describe two methods for releasing chromatin from routinely harvested and fixed cells. Using fluorescence in situ hybridization with combinations of probes from the HLA class II region, we show that good signals can be obtained on free chromatin fibers enabling determination of relationships between closely adjacent or overlapping probes.
Free DNA was prepared from routinely harvested and fixed cells for high resolution FISH mapping using either a sodium hydroxide/ethanol mixture or 70% formamide. Hybridization signals from cosmid probes appeared as extended lines. The average length of signals on DNA prepared with sodium hydroxide was significantly greater than with formamide. A set of(More)
The human MHC is one of the most extensively mapped regions of the human genome. Almost all of the class II region of the MHC has already been cloned in cosmids but a gap remained between the DMB and LMP2 genes. Previously, screening of several complete cosmid libraries had failed to bridge this gap, which may contain novel antigen processing or(More)