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BACKGROUND Unc-45 is a myosin chaperone and a Hsp90 co-chaperone that plays a key role in muscle development. Genetic and biochemical studies in C. elegans have demonstrated that Unc-45 facilitates the process of myosin folding and assembly in body wall muscles. Loss or overexpression of Unc-45 in C. elegans results in defective myofibril organization. In(More)
We have characterized the protein cross-linking enzyme transglutaminase (TGs) genes in zebrafish, Danio rerio, based on the analysis of their genomic organization and phylogenetics. Thirteen zebrafish TG genes (zTGs) have been identified, of which 11 show high homology to only 3 mammalian enzymes: TG1, TG2 and FXIIIa. No zebrafish homologues were identified(More)
The Smyd gene family code for proteins containing a conserved core consisting of a SET domain interrupted by a MYND zinc finger. Smyd proteins are important in epigenetic control of development and carcinogenesis, through posttranslational modifications in histones and other proteins. Previous reports indicated that the Smyd family is quite variable in(More)
The calcifying shell is an excellent model for studying biomineralization and evolution. However, the molecular mechanisms of shell formation are only beginning to be elucidated in Mollusca. It is known that shell matrix proteins (SMPs) play important roles in shell formation. With increasing data of shell matrix proteomes from various species, we carried(More)
This study aims to expand our understanding of how ecdysteroids and neuropeptide hormones (MIH/CHH) regulate molting in crustaceans using the blue crab Callinectes sapidus as a model animal. The hypothesis of this study is that ecdysteroids have a stimulatory effect on MIH/CHH production in eyestalks while generating both positive and negative feedback on(More)
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