Simon A Mortensen

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The allelic frequency of DNA restriction fragments of a large size class (U alleles) in the polymorphic region flanking the 5'-end of the human insulin gene on chromosome 11 was 2 X 5 times higher in a group of patients with extensive atherosclerosis than in subjects in whom atherosclerosis could not be demonstrated by coronary arteriography and careful(More)
TFIIS is a transcript elongation factor that facilitates transcription by RNA polymerase II through blocks to elongation. Arabidopsis plants lacking TFIIS are affected in seed dormancy, which represents a block to complete germination under favourable conditions. We have comparatively profiled the transcript levels of seeds of tfIIs mutants and control(More)
The Drosophila and plant (maize) functional counterparts of the abundant vertebrate chromosomal protein HMGB1 (HMG-D and ZmHMGB1, respectively) differ from HMGB1 in having a single HMG box, as well as basic and acidic flanking regions that vary greatly in length and charge. We show that despite these variations, HMG-D and ZmHMGB1 exist in dynamic assemblies(More)
The HMG-box is an approximately 75-amino acid residue protein domain that occurs in all eukaryotic organisms and was first identified as a characteristic feature of the chromosomal high mobility group (HMG) proteins of the HMGB type. Structural studies have demonstrated that the L-shaped fold of the domain formed by three a-helices is conserved to a greater(More)
TFIIS is a transcript elongation factor that facilitates transcription by RNA polymerase II, as it assists the enzyme to bypass blocks to mRNA synthesis. Previously, we have reported that Arabidopsis plants lacking TFIIS exhibit reduced seed dormancy. Among the genes differentially expressed in tfIIs seeds, the DOG1 gene was identified that is a known QTL(More)
Transcript elongation factors (TEFs) are a heterogeneous group of proteins that control the efficiency of transcript elongation of subsets of genes by RNA polymerase II (RNAPII) in the chromatin context. Using reciprocal tagging in combination with affinity purification and mass spectrometry, we demonstrate that in Arabidopsis thaliana, the TEFs SPT4/SPT5,(More)
The complement system is an important antimicrobial and inflammation-generating component of the innate immune system. The classical pathway of complement is activated upon binding of the 774-kDa C1 complex, consisting of the recognition molecule C1q and the tetrameric protease complex C1r2s2, to a variety of activators presenting specific molecular(More)
The HMG-box is an approximately 75-amino acid residue protein domain that occurs in all eukaryotic organisms and was first identified as a characteristic feature of the chromosomal high mobility group (HMG) proteins of the HMGB type. Structural studies have demonstrated that the L-shaped fold of the domain formed by three a-helices is conserved to a greater(More)
Congenital heart defects are a major cause of perinatal mortality and morbidity, affecting >1% of all live births in the Western world, yet a large fraction of such defects have an unknown etiology. Recent studies demonstrated surprising dual roles for immune-related molecules and their effector mechanisms during fetal development and adult homeostasis. In(More)