Robert D.C. Saunders

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The fly Drosophila melanogaster is one of the most intensively studied organisms in biology and serves as a model system for the investigation of many developmental and cellular processes common to higher eukaryotes, including humans. We have determined the nucleotide sequence of nearly all of the approximately 120-megabase euchromatic portion of the(More)
abnormal spindle, a gene required for normal spindle structure and function in Drosophila melanogaster, lies immediately adjacent the gene tolloid at 96A/B. It encodes a 220-kD polypeptide with a predicted pI of 10.8. The recessive mutant allele asp1 directs the synthesis of a COOH terminally truncated or internally deleted peptide of approximately 124 kD.(More)
We present the sequence of a contiguous 2.63 Mb of DNA extending from the tip of the X chromosome of Drosophila melanogaster. Within this sequence, we predict 277 protein coding genes, of which 94 had been sequenced already in the course of studying the biology of their gene products, and examples of 12 different transposable elements. We show that an(More)
Free fatty acid (FFA), diacylglycerol (acyl2Gro), icosanoid, phospholipid, and cholesterol levels were measured in samples of cat spinal cord (L2) that were frozen in situ with vertebrae intact, at various times after laminectomy, and at various times after laminectomy with compression trauma to the spinal cord. Tissue samples either were grossly dissected(More)
The effects of surgical exposure (laminectomy) and compression trauma on various aspects of membrane lipid metabolism in the feline spinal cord were determined in this study. Tissue samples were frozen in situ and grossly dissected into gray and white portions prior to lipid analyses. Laminectomy alone resulted in measurable changes in spinal cord lipid(More)
Traumatic injury of the spinal cord leads to a series of pathological events that result in tissue necrosis and paralysis. Among the earliest biochemical reactions are hydrolysis of fatty acids from membrane phospholipids, production of biologically active eicosanoids, and peroxidation of lipids. This study examines the effect of agents purported to improve(More)
Complementary DNA encoding a catalytic subunit of protein phosphatase 1, PP1 87B, hybridises at four positions (87B, 9C, 13C and 96A) to Drosophila melanogaster polytene chromosomes, three of which are known to be expressed [Dombrádi, V., Axton, J.M., Brewis, N.D., Da Cruz e Silva, E.F., Alphey, L. & Cohen, P.T.W. (1990) Eur. J. Biochem. 194, 739-745]. The(More)