S. H. Erster

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p53 promotes apoptosis in response to death stimuli by transactivation of target genes and by transcription-independent mechanisms. We recently showed that wild-type p53 rapidly translocates to mitochondria in response to multiple death stimuli in cultured cells. Mitochondrial p53 physically interacts with antiapoptotic Bcl proteins, induces Bak(More)
p73 has significant homology to p53. However, tumor-associated up-regulation of p73 and genetic data from human tumors and p73-deficient mice exclude a classical Knudson-type tumor suppressor role. We report that the human TP73 gene generates an NH(2) terminally truncated isoform. DeltaNp73 derives from an alternative promoter in intron 3 and lacks the(More)
In fragile X syndrome, the most common inherited cause of mental deficiency, the underlying mutation is a large increase in the number of CGG repeats in a gene on chromosome X. We have developed a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) method to amplify across the full mutation in affected individuals. In this report, a fragile X family including a positive(More)
A new method for the characterization of pre-mRNA splicing products is presented. In this method RNA molecules are hybridized to an oligodeoxynucleotide complementary to exon sequences upstream of a given 5' splice site, and the RNA strands of the resulting RNA:DNA hybrids are cleaved by RNase H. The cleaved RNAs are then subjected to primer extension using(More)
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