Rona Hirschberg

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Most tubulin genes of the African trypanosome Trypanosoma rhodesiense are contained in 3.7-kb tandemly repeating units. One member of the 3.7-kb repeat family has been isolated from a T. rhodesiense genomic library, cloned, and sequenced. The 3646-bp fragment contains a complete alpha-tubulin gene and portions of two beta-tubulin genes. No introns are(More)
The human pathogen Eikenella corrodens expresses type IV pili and exhibits a phase variation involving the irreversible transition from piliated to nonpiliated variants. On solid medium, piliated variants form small (S-phase), corroding colonies whereas nonpiliated variants form large (L-phase), noncorroding colonies. We are studying pilus structure and(More)
On August 22-23, 2013, agencies within the United States Department of Defense (DoD) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) sponsored the Filovirus Medical Countermeasures (MCMs) Workshop as an extension of the activities of the Filovirus Animal Non-clinical Group (FANG). The FANG is a federally-recognized multi-Agency group established in(More)
Parameters which distinguish phototaxis from random motility in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii have been defined with quantitative assays. The phototactic responses in photosynthetic, mixotrophic, and heterotrophic cultures were highest during exponential growth and declined rapidly as the cultures entered stationary phase. In contrast, random motility was(More)
The human pathogen Eikenella corrodens synthesizes type IV pili and exhibits a phase variation involving the irreversible transition from piliated to nonpiliated variants. On solid medium, piliated variants form small (S-phase), corroding colonies whereas nonpiliated variants form large (L-phase), noncorroding colonies. We are studying the molecular basis(More)
Eikenella corrodens is a gram-negative human pathogen associated with periodontal diseases and soft-tissue infections. Pilin was purified by association-dissociation and fast protein liquid chromatography; it had an apparent molecular mass of about 14.8 kDa and an N-terminal amino acid sequence reflective of type IV pilins. Antibodies to the purified(More)
Eikenella corrodens is a gram-negative, human pathogen which exhibits colony morphology variation. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) was used to examine large (non-corroding) and small (corroding) colony variants from the type strain (ATCC 23834) and two clinical isolates (strains VA1 and CM1). Large colonies were large, flatter, and appeared relatively(More)
When the filamentous, nitrogen-fixing cyanobacterium Anabaena variabilis ATCC 29413 was subjected to nitrogen starvation under aerobic conditions, a complex series of events was initiated which resulted in heterocyst formation and derepression of the ability to fix dinitrogen. Using DNA-RNA hybridization techniques, we monitored the expression of several(More)
Gene clones encoding phycocyanin and allophycocyanin were isolated from an Anabaena variabilis ATCC 29413-Charon 30 library by using the phycocyanin (cpc) genes of Agmenellum quadruplicatum and the allophycocyanin (apc) genes of Cyanophora paradoxa as heterologous probes. The A. variabilis cpcA and cpcB genes occur together in the genome, as do the apcA and(More)