Ute-Christiane Meier

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Mammalian H/ACA RNPs are essential for ribosome biogenesis, premessenger RNA splicing, and telomere maintenance. These RNPs consist of four core proteins and one RNA, but it is not known how they assemble. By interrogating the site of H/ACA RNA transcription, we dissected their biogenesis in single cells and delineated the role of the non-core protein NAF1(More)
We report the identification and molecular characterization of a novel nucleolar protein of rat liver. As shown by coimmunoprecipitation this protein is associated with a previously identified nucleolar protein, Nopp140, in an apparently stoichiometric complex and has therefore been termed NAP57 (Nopp140-associated protein of 57 kD). Immunofluorescence and(More)
Cajal bodies (CBs) are subnuclear domains implicated in small nuclear ribonucleoprotein (snRNP) biogenesis. In most cell types, CBs coincide with nuclear gems, which contain the survival of motor neurons (SMN) complex, an essential snRNP assembly factor. Here, we analyze the exchange kinetics of multiple components of CBs and gems in living cells using(More)
More than 100 mammalian H/ACA RNAs form an equal number of ribonucleoproteins (RNPs) by associating with the same four core proteins. The function of these H/ACA RNPs is essential for biogenesis of the ribosome, splicing of precursor mRNAs (pre-mRNAs), maintenance of telomeres and probably for additional cellular processes. Recent crystal structures of(More)
We used functional wild-type and mutant synthetic nuclear localization signal peptides of SV-40 T antigen cross-linked to human serum albumin (peptide conjugates) to assay their binding to proteins of rat liver nuclei on Western blots. Proteins of 140 and 55 kD (p140 and p55) were exclusively recognized by wild-type peptide conjugates. Free wild-type(More)
Toll-like receptors (TLRs) are expressed by human microglia and translate environmental cues into distinct activation programs. We addressed the impact of TLR ligation on the capacity of human microglia to activate and polarize CD4 T cell responses. As microglia exist under distinct states of activation, we examined both ramified and ameboid microglia(More)
Mammalian H/ACA RNPs are essential for ribosome biogenesis, pre-mRNA splicing, and telomere maintenance. To form mature RNA-protein complexes, one H/ACA RNA associates with four core proteins. In the cell, this process is assisted by at least one nuclear assembly factor, NAF1. Here we report several unanticipated dynamic aspects of H/ACA RNP proteins.(More)
Neurons in the ventral lateral geniculate nucleus of 120 rats of a wistar strain were investigated with the Golgi Kopsch technique. Various features, such as size of neurons, their dendritic fine structure and their localization inside the nucleus were used to find new aspects for the classification of vLGN neurons except geniculo tectal relay neurons (GTR(More)
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