Seema C. Namboori

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Several transcription factors (TFs) have been implicated in neuroectoderm (NE) development, and recently, the TF PAX6 was shown to be critical for human NE specification. However, microRNA networks regulating human NE development have been poorly documented. We hypothesized that microRNAs activated by PAX6 should promote NE development. Using a genomics(More)
Archaea and eukaryotes share a dolichol phosphate-dependent system for protein N-glycosylation. In both domains, the acetamido sugar N-acetylglucosamine (GlcNAc) forms part of the core oligosaccharide. However, the archaeal Methanococcales produce GlcNAc using the bacterial biosynthetic pathway. Key enzymes in this pathway belong to large families of(More)
The Methanococcus maripaludis MMP0352 protein belongs to an oxidoreductase family that has been proposed to catalyze the NAD(+)-dependent oxidation of the 3'' position of uridine diphosphate N-acetyl-D-glucosamine (UDP-GlcNAc), forming a 3-hexulose sugar nucleotide. The heterologously expressed MMP0352 protein was purified and shown to efficiently catalyze(More)
The euryarchaeon Methanosarcina acetivorans has no homologues of the first three enzymes that produce the essential methanogenic coenzyme M (2-mercaptoethanesulfonate) in Methanocaldococcus jannaschii. A single M. acetivorans gene was heterologously expressed to produce a functional sulfopyruvate decarboxylase protein, the fourth canonical enzyme in this(More)
Although mutations in several genes with diverse functions have been known to cause amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), it is unknown to what extent causal mutations impinge on common pathways that drive motor neuron (MN)-specific neurodegeneration. In this study, we combined induced pluripotent stem cells-based disease modeling with genome engineering and(More)
The transcription factor REST is a key suppressor of neuronal genes in non-neuronal tissues. REST has been shown to suppress proneuronal microRNAs in neural progenitors indicating that REST-mediated neurogenic suppression may act in part via microRNAs. We used neural differentiation of Rest-null mouse ESC to identify dozens of microRNAs regulated by REST(More)
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