Tara L. Davis

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The imprinted mouse H19 gene is hypomethylated on the expressed maternal allele and hypermethylated on the silent paternal allele. A 2-kb region of differential methylation located from -2 to -4 kb relative to the H19 transcriptional start site has been proposed to act as the imprinting mark since hypermethylation in this region is inherited from sperm and(More)
Differences in DNA methylation distinguish the maternal and paternal alleles of many imprinted genes. Allele-specific methylation that is inherited from the gametes and maintained throughout development has been proposed as a candidate imprinting mark. To determine how methylation is established in the germline, we have analyzed the allelic methylation(More)
Peptidyl-prolyl isomerases catalyze the conversion between cis and trans isomers of proline. The cyclophilin family of peptidyl-prolyl isomerases is well known for being the target of the immunosuppressive drug cyclosporin, used to combat organ transplant rejection. There is great interest in both the substrate specificity of these enzymes and the design of(More)
Genotypes of Kaposi's sarcoma (KS)-associated herpesvirus (KSHV) from patients with KS in South Texas were examined. Open-reading frame (ORF)-K1 and ORF-K15 DNA segments from 16 KSHV isolates were amplified by polymerase chain reaction, and KSHV subtypes were assigned on the basis of sequence variations. K1 genotyping showed that 75% exhibited C subtype and(More)
Cyclophilins comprise one of the three classes of peptidylprolyl isomerases found in all eukaryotic and prokaryotic organisms, as well as viruses. Many of the 17 annotated human cyclophilins contain the catalytic domain in tandem with other domains, and many of the specific functions of a particular cyclophilin or its associated domains remain unknown. The(More)
Ephrin receptor tyrosine kinase A3 (EphA3, EC 2.7.10.1) is a member of a unique branch of the kinome in which downstream signaling occurs in both ligand- and receptor-expressing cells. Consequently, the ephrins and ephrin receptor tyrosine kinases often mediate processes involving cell-cell contact, including cellular adhesion or repulsion, developmental(More)
Appropriate N-terminus modification can result in somatostatin (SRIF) octapeptide analogs that are both more potent and more selective in vitro for the human SRIF receptor type 2 (hsst2). In addition, these modifications can improve the duration of action and bioavailability of SRIF analogs following parenteral administration, as shown by both(More)
The broad-host-range plasmid RK2 has been shown to encode several proteins important for its maintenance within bacterial populations of a number of Gram-negative bacteria. Their genes are organized into two operons: parCBA and parD. These operons have been proposed to be transcribed from two divergent promoters, p-parCBA and p-parD, located within a(More)
Ephrin receptors (Eph) affect cell shape and movement, unlike other receptor tyrosine kinases that directly affect proliferative pathways. The kinase domain of EphA3 is activated by ephrin binding and receptor oligomerization. This activation is associated with two tyrosines in the juxtamembrane region; these tyrosines are sites of autophosphorylation and(More)
Access to the active site of pancreatic lipase (PL) is controlled by a surface loop, the lid, which normally undergoes conformational changes only upon addition of lipids or amphiphiles. Structures of PL with their lids in the open and functional conformation have required cocrystallization with amphiphiles. Here we report two crystal structures of(More)