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Yeast histone H4 function was probed in vivo by deleting segments of this extremely conserved 102 amino acid protein. Deletions in the hydrophobic core of H4 are lethal and block chromosomal segregation. In contrast, deletions at the hydrophilic N terminus (residues 4-28) and C terminus (residues 100-102) are viable. However, N-terminal deletion alters(More)
We have previously constructed a yeast strain (UKY403) whose sole histone H4 gene is under control of the GAL1 promoter. This yeast arrests in G2 upon glucose treatment as a result of histone H4 depletion. The yeast PHO5 gene contains phase nucleosomes covering promoter (UAS) sequences in the PHO5 repressed state and it has been suggested that nucleosomes(More)
Histone mRNA synthesis is tightly regulated to S phase of the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae cell cycle as a result of transcriptional and posttranscriptional controls. Moreover, histone gene transcription decreases rapidly if DNA replication is inhibited by hydroxyurea or if cells are arrested in G1 by the mating pheromone alpha-factor. To identify the(More)
We have constructed a yeast strain (UKY403) in which the sole histone H4 gene is under control of the GAL1 promoter. This allows the activation of H4 mRNA synthesis on galactose and its repression on glucose. UKY403 cells, pre-synchronized in G1 with alpha-mating factor, have been used to show that glucose treatment results in the loss of approximately half(More)
Protein tyrosine kinase-7 (PTK7) is a receptor protein tyrosine kinase (RPTK)-like molecule that contains a catalytically inactive tyrosine kinase domain. We report here the genomic structure of the human PTK7 gene by screening a BAC library and DNA sequencing. The PTK7 gene is organized into 20 exons. All of the splicing junctions followed the conserved(More)
PreproTRH mRNA has been identified in rat cardiac tissues by Northern analyses and RNase protection assays with a specific rat 32P-TRH cRNA probe. Densitometric analyses revealed that atrial ppTRH mRNA concentrations were approximately five-fold greater than those of the ventricles. TRH concentrations (RIA), by contrast, were two-fold higher in ventricles.(More)
To determine which cellular processes are dependent on histones, we blocked histone H2B mRNA synthesis in asynchronously growing yeast after fusing the H2B gene to a repressible GAL10 promoter. Chromosomal segregation, replication, and transcription were then examined. We found that the cells arrested in mitosis, with a cell division cycle (cdc) phenotype.(More)
Induction of the catalytic subunit of human telomerase, hTERT, plays a critical role in the activation of telomerase during tumorigenesis. Here, we isolate the hTERT gene promoter and define the functional promoter region, which is inactive in normal cells but active in tumor cells. Myc directly interacts with the hTERT promoter and activates its(More)
We have recently documented the expression of preprothyrotropin-releasing hormone (TRH) gene in murine, human and rat testis. Moreover, we have localized TRH to rat Leydig cells immunohistochemically, and found that both prepro TRH mRNA and TRH levels are developmentally regulated in the rat testis. To investigate the potential roles of TRH in testicular(More)
Thyrotropin-releasing hormone (TRH) plays the central regulatory role in the hypothalamic-pituitary-thyroid axis, but is also present in many extra-hypothalamic loci. The adult rat testis has been identified previously as a source of hypothalamic neuropeptides including TRH. To investigate whether the TRH gene is transcribed in testis, the identification(More)