Venkatraman Narayanan

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BACKGROUND Rett syndrome (RTT) is a neurodevelopmental disorder caused by mutations in the X-linked methyl CpG binding protein 2 (MeCP2) gene. METHODS One hundred sixteen patients with classical and atypical RTT were studied for mutations of the MeCP2 gene by using DHPLC and direct sequencing. RESULTS Causative mutations in the MeCP2 gene were(More)
P84 (also known as SHPS-1, BIT, and SIRP) is a heterophilic adhesive membrane protein involved in receptor tyrosine kinase signaling that is found at synapses in the mammalian central nervous system and in non-neural tissues. We have identified a binding partner for P84 using an expression cloning strategy. Here we report that integrin-associated protein(More)
Episodic ataxia and myokymia syndrome is an autosomal dominant disorder characterized by persistent myokymia and attacks of unsteadiness, slurred speech, and tremulousness. This disease has been associated with point mutations in the potassium channel gene Kv1.1 (KCNA1), located at chromosome 12p13. Here, we describe a novel mutation within this gene in a(More)
M6 is a membrane glycoprotein that is expressed on central neurons and certain polarized epithelia from early developmental stage. Antibodies against M6 interfere with cerebellar neurite outgrowth in vitro. Two closely related cDNAs were obtained by expression cloning, both of which showed high homology with the major CNS myelin protein PLP/DM20. Although(More)
The identification of mutations in the transcriptional repressor methyl-CpG-binding protein 2 (MECP2) gene in Rett Syndrome (RTT) suggests that an inappropriate release of transcriptional silencing may give rise to RTT neuropathology. Despite this progress, the molecular basis of RTT neuropathogenesis remains unclear. Using multiple cDNA microarray(More)
P84 and integrin associated protein (IAP) are heterophilic binding partners that are expressed in the central nervous system in addition to a variety of other tissues. Both molecules are known to be involved in cell signaling in nonneural tissues. In the retina, both molecules are expressed prominently in plexiform layers, suggesting a possible association(More)
Two homologous cDNAs were previously isolated by expression cloning with a monoclonal antibody that recognized a CNS neuronal membrane protein. Both cDNAs, M6a and M6b, bore significant homology with the major myelin proteolipid protein, PLP/DM20. Our initial studies of M6 gene expression in the adult mouse brain showed that M6a was present in neurons,(More)
The performance of heuristic search-based planners depends heavily on the quality of the heuristic function used to focus the search. These algorithms work fast and generate high-quality solutions, even for high-dimensional problems, as long as they are given a well-designed heuristic function. On the other hand, their performance can degrade considerably(More)
Myelin P2 is a 14,800-Da cytosolic protein found in rabbit sciatic nerves. It belongs to a family of fatty acid binding proteins and shows a 72% amino acid sequence similarity to aP2/422, the adipocyte lipid binding protein, a 58% sequence similarity to rat heart fatty acid binding protein, and a 40% sequence similarity to cellular retinoic acid binding(More)
Myelin P2 protein is a small (14,800 Da) protein found in peripheral and central nervous system myelin. To investigate the regulation of expression of this myelin protein, a mouse genomic library was screened with a rabbit P2 cDNA (pSN2.2-2), and a single positive phage clone containing a 20-kb insert was obtained. This insert contained a single internal(More)