Ralph Rodriguez

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Hedgehog family members are secreted proteins involved in numerous patterning mechanisms. Different posttranslational modifications have been shown to modulate Hedgehog biological activity. We investigated the role of these modifications in regulating subcellular localization of Hedgehog in the Drosophila embryonic epithelium. We demonstrate that(More)
The mechanisms involved in transduction of the Hedgehog (Hh) signal are of considerable interest to developmental and cancer biologists. Stabilization of the integral membrane protein Smoothened (Smo) at the plasma membrane is a crucial step in Hh signalling but the molecular events immediately downstream of Smo remain to be elucidated. We have shown(More)
Highly purified chicken progesterone receptor (cPR) is shown to stimulate RNA synthesis directly in an in vitro transcription assay. Stimulation of transcription by cPR requires the presence of progesterone response elements (PREs) in the template and can be specifically inhibited by addition of competitor oligonucleotides containing PREs. Binding of(More)
Hedgehog (Hh) signalling plays a crucial role in the development and patterning of many tissues in both vertebrates and invertebrates. Aberrations in this pathway lead to severe developmental defects and cancer. Hh signal transduction in receiving cells is a well studied phenomenon; however questions still remain concerning the mechanism of repression of(More)
We have analyzed the dimerization of two forms of the chicken progesterone receptor (cPRA and cPRB) by nondenaturing gradient gel electrophoresis and chemical cross-linking with dimethylpimelimidate (DMP). We demonstrate by these two methods that the PRs assemble in vitro into dimers in the absence of DNA, and that dimerization does not require hormone. The(More)
The purpose of this study is to describe the current status of academicpublic mental health linkages in the State of Rhode Island by querying key informants concerning their opinions in the following areas: clinical orientation and preferred clinial interventions, specific approaches to academic-mental health linkages, training and educational(More)
Previous analyses have indicated that steroid hormone receptors undergo an allosteric change in structure upon binding by the steroid ligand. This structural change was envisioned as an intramolecular unmasking of the protein's DNA-binding domain, thus allowing the receptor to function in gene regulation. We report an analysis of the effect of hormone on(More)
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