Robert L. Adams

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A new member of the insulin gene family (INSL6) was identified from an Expressed Sequence Tag database through a search for proteins containing the insulin family B-chain cysteine motif. Human and rat INSL6 encoded polypeptides of 213 and 188 amino acids, respectively. These orthologous sequences contained the B-chain, C-peptide, and A-chain motif found in(More)
BACKGROUND Human acellular dermis has been adopted for routine use in tissue expander reconstruction. The purported benefits include higher intraoperative fill volume, facilitation of lower pole expansion, and enhanced definition of the lower pole of the breast. Recently, concerns have arisen about an increase in postoperative complications with its use. (More)
A series of overlapping clones complementary to the Arabidopsis cytosine-5 DNA methyltransferase (C-5 MTase) has been isolated from pea cDNA libraries. The assembled nucleic acid sequence contains an open reading frame of 4761 bp encoding a protein of 1554 amino acids. Like other eukaryotic C-5 MTases, the inferred protein has a presumed regulatory(More)
Mouse DNA methyltransferase is able to catalyse the transfer of a methyl group to certain CG-containing single-stranded oligonucleotides. The presence of a methylcytosine is required for efficient transfer. This methylcytosine may or may not be on the same oligonucleotide as that containing the accepting CG dinucleotide. When the accepting CG dinucleotide(More)
Standard photographic technique in plastic surgery is an important topic that has been stressed in the discipline over the past several years. Clinical photographs should always be taken with the same camera lens, lens setting, lighting, film, and patient position to ensure reproducibility and to enable valid pre- and postoperative comparisons. A 35-mm(More)
DNA methyltransferase activity, present in low salt extracts of nuclei from young pea shoot apices, has been fractionated into two different species by assaying with model substrates. The CG methyltransferase (an unstable enzyme believed to be of 140 kDa) methylates cytosine only in oligonucleotides with CG and Cl dinucleotide targets while an enzyme of 110(More)
During early mouse development, there are large-scale changes in DNA methylation. These changes may be due to the availability or stability of the enzyme, DNA methyltransferase (methylase), which is responsible for maintenance of DNA methylation. A microassay for methylase activity in preimplantation embryos shows that the level of maternally inherited(More)
The detailed mechanisms of inhibition of transcription by DNA methylation are still unknown, but it has become obvious that the formation of chromatin plays an important role in this process. Using an approach enabling us to methylate, in vitro, chosen regions in a plasmid, we now show that specific methylation of nonpromoter sequences results in(More)
The vertebrate genome is a mosaic of regions differing dramatically in their G + C content. Those regions with a high G + C content contain the expected number of CpG dinucleotides and we propose that following methylation these have been protected from deamination by the increased stability of the surrounding DNA duplex. This argument applies both to the(More)