W. Walter Lorenz

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Renilla reniformis is an anthozoan coelenterate capable of exhibiting bioluminescence. Bioluminescence in Renilla results from the oxidation of coelenterate luciferin (coelenterazine) by luciferase [Renilla-luciferin:oxygen 2-oxidoreductase (decarboxylating), EC 1.13.12.5]. In vivo, the excited state luciferin-luciferase complex undergoes the process of(More)
The size and complexity of conifer genomes has, until now, prevented full genome sequencing and assembly. The large research community and economic importance of loblolly pine, Pinus taeda L., made it an early candidate for reference sequence determination. We develop a novel strategy to sequence the genome of loblolly pine that combines unique aspects of(More)
Wood formation has been studied extensively at the cellular and biochemical levels, but remains poorly understood with respect to gene expression and regulation. As a first step toward identifying genes specifically involved in wood formation and characterizing their roles in determining wood quality, serial analysis of gene expression (SAGE) was used to(More)
Drought stress is the principal cause of seedling mortality in pine forests of the southeastern United States and in many other forested regions around the globe. As part of a larger effort to discover loblolly pine genes, this study subjected rooted cuttings of three unrelated pine genotypes to three watering regimens. Expressed sequence tags (ESTs) were(More)
Conifers comprise an ancient and widespread plant lineage of enormous commercial and ecological value. However, compared to model woody angiosperms, such as Populus and Eucalyptus, our understanding of conifers remains quite limited at a genomic level. Large genome sizes (10,000–40,000 Mbp) and large amounts of repetitive DNA have limited efforts to produce(More)
Pharmacologic, biochemical, and genetic analyses have demonstrated the existence of multiple alpha 2-adrenergic receptor (alpha 2AR) subtypes. We have cloned a human alpha 2AR by using the polymerase chain reaction with oligonucleotide primers homologous to conserved regions of the previously cloned alpha 2ARs, the genes for which are located on human(More)
The gene for the bifunctional xylosidase-arabinosidase (xarB) from the thermophilic anaerobe Thermoanaerobacter ethanolicus JW200 was cloned, sequenced, and expressed in Escherichia coli (Genebank Accession No. AF135015). Analysis of the recombinant enzyme revealed activity against multiple substrates with the highest affinity towards p-nitrophenyl(More)
Serial analysis of gene expression was used to profile transcript levels in Arabidopsis roots and assess their responses to 2,4,6-trinitrotoluene (TNT) exposure. SAGE libraries representing control and TNT-exposed seedling root transcripts were constructed, and each was sequenced to a depth of roughly 32,000 tags. More than 19,000 unique tags were(More)
Pharmacological and molecular cloning studies have demonstrated heterogeneity of alpha 1-adrenergic receptors. We have now cloned two alpha 1-adrenergic receptors from a rat cerebral cortex cDNA library, using the hamster alpha 1B-adrenergic receptor as a probe. The deduced amino acid sequence of clone RA42 encodes a protein of 560 amino acids whose(More)
We recently reported the cloning of a novel alpha 1-adrenergic receptor (AR), the alpha 1CAR. By transient and stable expression of the alpha 1CAR and the previously cloned alpha 1BAR in COS-7 and HeLa cells, respectively, we have now compared their ability to interact with major signal-transduction pathways (including polyphosphoinositide hydrolysis,(More)