Peter E Hunziker

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Red chlorophyll catabolite (RCC) reductase (RCCR) and pheophorbide (Pheide) a oxygenase (PaO) catalyse the key reaction of chlorophyll catabolism, porphyrin macrocycle cleavage of Pheide a to a primary fluorescent catabolite (pFCC). RCCR was purified from barley and a partial gene sequence was cloned (pHvRCCR). The gene was expressed at all stages of leaf(More)
Cadmium-induced metallothioneins from the common sea mussel, Mytilus edulis, were shown to comprise of two groups of isoforms having apparent molecular masses of 10 kDa and 20 kDa. The 10-kDa group was resolved by anion-exchange chromatography into four fractions while the 20-kDa group was resolved into three fractions using this method. After metal removal(More)
We describe a role for the transcriptional coactivator p300 in DNA metabolism. p300 formed a complex with flap endonuclease-1 (Fen1) and acetylated Fen1 in vitro. Furthermore, Fen1 acetylation was observed in vivo and was enhanced upon UV treatment of human cells. Remarkably, acetylation of the Fen1 C terminus by p300 significantly reduced Fen1's DNA(More)
A cadmium-binding metallothionein has been purified from metal-exposed Roman snails (Helix pomatia) using gel-permeation, ion-exchange and reverse-phase high-performance liquid chromatography. The S-methylated protein was digested with trypsin and the endoproteinases Asp-N, Glu-C and Arg-C. While most of the resulting peptides could be sequenced by Edman(More)
Basolateral efflux is a necessary step in transepithelial (re)absorption of amino acids from small intestine and kidney proximal tubule. The best characterized basolateral amino acid transporters are y+LAT1-4F2hc and LAT2-4F2hc that function as obligatory exchangers and thus, do not contribute to net amino acid (re)absorption. The aromatic amino acid(More)
Chemical, spectroscopic, and structural studies have established the metallothioneins (MTs) to be a widely occurring family of polypeptidic bioinorganic structures. They are distinguished by an extremely high metal (Zn, Cd, Cu) and Cys content and by the arrangement of these components in metal-thiolate clusters. By structural criteria the MTs have recently(More)
A novel copper-binding metallothionein (MT) has been purified from mantle tissue of the terrestrial snail Helix pomatia using gel-permeation chromatography, ion-exchange chromatography and reverse-phase HPLC. Copper was removed from the thionein by addition of ammonium tetrathiomolybdate. The resulting apothionein (molecular mass 6247 Da) was S-methylated(More)
The complete structures of the laccase genes isolated from two different Neurospora crassa wild-type strains are described. The genes were cloned by screening partial genomic DNA libraries with a nick-translated laccase-specified 1.36-kilobase SalI fragment (Germann, U. A., and Lerch, K. (1986) Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 83, 8854-8858) as a hybridization(More)
Genes involved in male fertility are potential targets for sexual selection, and their evolution may play a role in reproductive isolation and speciation. Here we describe a new Drosophila melanogaster gene, ocnus (ocn), that encodes a protein abundant in testes nuclear extracts. RT-PCR indicates that ocn transcription is limited to males and is specific to(More)