Tasmia Tahira

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The ret proto-oncogene expresses four major mRNA species of different lengths in human malignant cell lines and rat tissues. We isolated ret proto-oncogene cDNA clones from a cDNA library of a human neuroblastoma line, Nagai, which over-expressed these mRNAs. Four cDNA clones differing from each other in their 3' portions were analysed. The sequence of the(More)
AIMS To search for mutations in the frizzled 4 (FZD4) gene in patients with familial exudative vitreoretinopathy (FEVR) and to delineate the defective gene associated clinical features. METHODS Direct sequencing following polymerase chain reaction of exons of FZD4 was performed for 24 probands with FEVR (18 familial and six sporadic), and some of their(More)
Using cosmid clones derived from human ret protooncogene as probes, we determined its chromosome localization by fluorescence in situ hybridization. Two overlapping clones, cret-1 and -2, which were cloned using the most 5' part of human ret proto-oncogene cDNA, hybridized to chromosome 10q11.2. Sixty-three and 52% of the grains obtained by cret-1 and -2,(More)
Teleocidin and aplysiatoxin, which are structurally different from 12-O-tetradecanoylphorbol-13-acetate (TPA), were found to be potent tumor promoters in two-step mouse skin carcinogenesis. The class of teleocidin includes dihydroteleocidin B, teleocidin, and lyngbyatoxin A. Teleocidin, which is a mixture of 93% teleocidin A and 7% teleocidin B, was(More)
Effective use of knowledge of human genome sequences in studies of hereditary diseases or cancer heavily depends on efficient methods for detection of mutations in individual samples. We describe here a simple and efficient mutation scanning system in which PCR products are post-labeled with two different fluorescent dyes in one tube, and analyzed by an(More)
A method for fluorescent postlabeling of PCR products has been developed. The method uses Klenow fragment of DNA polymerase I that exchanges the 3'-terminal residue of PCR-amplified DNA fragment for fluorescent nucleotides. All reactions, including PCR, are performed in one tube simply by successive addition of reagents. The products can be applied directly(More)
Thapsigargin, a hexaoxygenated tetraacylated sesquiterpene lactone, induced irritation of mouse ear and histidine decarboxylase (HDC) activity in mouse skin, but it did not induce ornithine decarboxylase in mouse skin or adhesion of human promyelocytic leukemia (HL-60) cells. Although thapsigargin did not give consistent positive results in a short-term(More)
The membrane TNF-alpha is known to serve as a precursor of the soluble form of TNF-alpha. Although it has been reported the biological functions of the membrane TNF-alpha as a ligand, the outside-to-inside (reverse) signal transmitted through membrane TNF-alpha is poorly understood. Here we report a novel function mediated by outside-to-inside signal via(More)
The expression of the ret proto-oncogene (proto-ret), which possibly encodes two isoforms of a receptor-type tyrosine kinase, was examined in human tumor cell lines. Expression of the proto-ret mRNA was detected in all 11 neuroblastoma cell lines examined. The level of mRNA varied more than 100-fold in these neuroblastoma cell lines and was particularly(More)
OBJECTIVE Identification of the genes responsible for systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). METHODS All the exons and putative promoter regions of 53 candidate genes (TNFRSF6/Fas, TNFSF6/FasL, Fli1, TNFSF10/TRAIL, TNFSF12/TWEAK, Bcl-2, PTEN, FADD, TRADD, CDKN1A, TNFRSF1A/TNFR1, TNFRSF4/OX40, TNFSF4/OX40L, TNFSF5/CD40L, TNFSF13B/BAFF, ICOS, CTLA4, CD28, FYN,(More)