Thomas Alexander Fischer

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RGS-GAIP (Galpha-interacting protein) is a member of the RGS (regulator of G protein signaling) family of proteins that functions to down-regulate Galphai/Galphaq-linked signaling. GAIP is a GAP or guanosine triphosphatase-activating protein that was initially discovered by virtue of its ability to bind to the heterotrimeric G protein Galphai3, which is(More)
Specific domains of the G-protein alpha subunit have been shown to control coupling to heptahelical receptors. The extreme N and C termini and a region between alpha4 and alpha5 helices of the G-protein alpha subunit are known to determine selective interaction with the receptors. The metabotropic glutamate receptor 2 activated both mouse Galpha(15) and its(More)
Regulator of G protein signaling (RGS) proteins are responsible for the rapid turnoff of G protein-coupled receptor signaling pathways. The major mechanism whereby RGS proteins negatively regulate G proteins is via the GTPase activating protein activity of their RGS domain. Structural and mutational analyses have characterized the RGS/G alpha interaction in(More)
Wnt/beta-catenin signaling controls the proper development of the mid-/hindbrain region (MHR) and of midbrain dopaminergic (mDA) neurons, but the Frizzled (Fzd) receptors transducing these signals are still unknown. Fzd3 is expressed throughout the mouse anterior neural tube, whereas Fzd6 is restricted to the MHR. We show that the MHR is properly(More)
Arrestin blocks the interaction of rhodopsin with the G protein transducin (G(t)). To characterize the sites of arrestin that interact with rhodopsin, we have utilized a spectrophotometric peptide competition assay. It is based on the stabilization of the active intermediates metarhodopsin II (MII) and phosphorylated MII by G(t) and arrestin, respectively(More)
Norepinephrine inhibits omega-conotoxin GVIA-sensitive presynaptic Ca2+ channels in chick dorsal root ganglion neurons through two pathways, one mediated by Go and the other by Gi. These pathways desensitize at different rates. We have found that recombinant Galpha interacting protein (GAIP) and regulators of G protein signaling (RGS)4 selectively(More)
The balanced proliferation and cell cycle exit of neural progenitors, by generating the appropriate amount of postmitotic progeny at the correct time and in the proper location, is required for the establishment of the highly ordered structure of the adult brain. Little is known about the extrinsic signals regulating these processes, particularly in the(More)
The establishment of the regional subdivisions of the vertebrate CNS is accomplished through the activity of different neuroepithelial organizing centers. The wingless/int (Wnt) family of secreted glycoproteins, among other factors, plays a crucial role in signaling from these centers. Wnt1 secreted from the boundary between the mid- and hindbrain, for(More)
The endosomal SNARE protein syntaxin-8 interacts with the acid-sensitive potassium channel TASK-1. The functional relevance of this interaction was studied by heterologous expression of these proteins (and mutants thereof) in Xenopus oocytes and in mammalian cell lines. Coexpression of syntaxin-8 caused a fourfold reduction in TASK-1 current, a(More)
This study investigates the role of information technologies (IT) in the governance of IT outsourcing relationships. Managers rely on contractual and relational governance to manage IT outsourcing projects. In addition, they use dedicated IT solutions to make the governance more efficient. While the role of IT in supporting the two governance approaches is(More)