S Amirhaeri

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The expansion of CTG repeats in DNA occurs in or near genes involved in several human diseases, including myotonic dystrophy and Huntington's disease. Nucleosomes, the basic structural element of chromosomes, consist of 146 base pairs of DNA coiled about an octamer of histone proteins and mediate general transcriptional repression. Electron microscopy was(More)
Several human hereditary neuromuscular disease genes are associated with the expansion of CTG or CGG triplet repeats. The DNA syntheses of CTG triplets ranging from 17 to 180 and CGG repeats from 9 to 160 repeats in length were studied in vitro. Primer extensions using the Klenow fragment of DNA polymerase I, the modified T7 DNA polymerase (Sequenase), or(More)
The properties of duplex CTG.CAG and CGG.CCG, which are involved in the etiology of several hereditary neurodegenerative diseases, were investigated by a variety of methods, including circularization kinetics, apparent helical repeat determination, and polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis. The bending moduli were 1.13 x 10(-19) erg.cm for CTG and 1.27 x(More)
The human papovavirus JC virus (JCV) was analyzed for the presence of unusual DNA conformations. Recombinant plasmids containing 60% of the JCV prototype Mad-1 strain DNA were constructed and analyzed with both enzymatic and chemical probes. Fine-mapping studies revealed that the most prominent S1 nuclease-sensitive and bromoacetaldehyde-modified sites were(More)
The influence of simple repeat sequences, cloned into different positions relative to the SV40 early promoter/enhancer, on the transient expression of the chloramphenicol acetyltransferase (CAT) gene was investigated. Insertion of (G)29.(C)29 in either orientation into the 5'-untranslated region of the CAT gene reduced expression in CV-1 cells 50-100 fold(More)
The availability of DNA structural probes that can be applied to living cells is essential for the analysis of biological functions of unusual DNA structures adopted in vivo. We have developed a chemical probe assay to detect and quantitate left-handed Z-DNA structures in recombinant plasmids in growing E. coli cells. Potassium permanganate selectively(More)
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