Rita Vaiškunaite

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Here we report a PCR-based DNA engineering technique for seamless assembly of recombinant molecules from multiple components. We create cloning vector and target molecules flanked with compatible single-stranded (ss) extensions. The vector contains a cassette with two inversely oriented nicking endonuclease sites separated by restriction endonuclease(More)
The G alpha subunit of G(12) protein, one of the heterotrimeric G proteins, regulates diverse and complex cellular responses by transducing signals from the cell surface, presumably involving more than one downstream effector. Yeast two-hybrid screening of a human testis cDNA library identified a large fragment of Hsp90 as a protein that interacted with G(More)
Serotonin (5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HT)) is an important neurotransmitter that regulates multiple events in the central nervous system. Many of the 5-HT functions are mediated via G protein-coupled receptors that are coupled to multiple heterotrimeric G proteins, including Gs, Gi, and Gq subfamilies (Martin, G. R., Eglen, R. M., Hamblin, M. W., Hoyer, D., and(More)
Rho GTPases integrate the intracellular signaling in a wide range of cellular processes. Activation of these G proteins is tightly controlled by a number of guanine nucleotide exchange factors (GEFs). In this study, we addressed the functional role of the recently identified p114RhoGEF in in vivo experiments. Activation of endogenous G protein-coupled(More)
Serotonin (5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HT)) is an important neurotransmitter that regulates multiple events in the central nervous system. Many of the 5-HT functions are mediated via G protein-coupled receptors that are coupled to multiple heterotrimeric G proteins, including G(s), G(i), and G(q) subfamilies (Martin, G. R., Eglen, R. M., Hamblin, M. W., Hoyer,(More)
Endothelial nitric-oxide synthase (eNOS) plays a crucial role in the regulation of a variety of cardiovascular and pulmonary functions in both normal and pathological conditions. Multiple signaling inputs, including calcium, caveolin-1, phosphorylation by several kinases, and binding to the 90-kDa heat shock protein (Hsp90), regulate eNOS activity. Here, we(More)
G(13) protein, one of the heterotrimeric guanine nucleotide-binding proteins (G proteins), regulates diverse and complex cellular responses by transducing signals from the cell surface presumably involving more than one pathway. Yeast two-hybrid screening of a mouse brain cDNA library identified radixin, a member of the ERM family of three closely related(More)
Two new, small, early bacteriophage T4 genes, repEA and repEB, located within the origin E (oriE) region of T4 DNA replication, affect functioning of this origin. An important and unusual property of the oriE region is that it is transcribed at early and late periods after infection, but in opposite directions (from complementary DNA strands). The early(More)
Secondary structure of the mRNA in the translational initiation region is an important determinant of translation efficiency. However, the secondary structures that enhance or facilitate translation initiation are rare. We have previously proposed that such structure may exist in the case of bacteriophage T4 gene 25 translational initiation region, which(More)