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Associations of oxytocin receptor gene (OXTR) variants and autism spectrum disorders (ASD) have been reported in earlier studies; in one of the studies associations with IQ and daily living skills were found additionally. Variations of the oxytocin receptor gene might also regulate affect, attachment and separation beyond the diagnostic borders of autism.(More)
In the Brenta area of northern Italy, a brown bear Ursus arctos population is rapidly going extinct. Restocking of the population is planned. In order to study the genetics of this highly vulnerable population with a minimum of stress to the animals we have developed a PCR-based method that allows the study of mitochondrial and nuclear gene sequences from(More)
The TraI protein of plasmid RP4 (IncP alpha) catalyzes a site- and strand-specific cleaving-joining reaction on form I or single-stranded DNA. Thus, TraI is one of the key components involved in the initiation and termination of horizontal DNA transfer by bacterial conjugation. Amino acid sequence comparison revealed three motifs in the TraI sequence(More)
The type III secretion system encoded by Salmonella pathogenicity island 2 (SPI2) is required for systemic infections and intracellular accumulation of Salmonella enterica. This system is induced by intracellular Salmonella and subsequently transfers effector proteins into the host cell. Growth conditions either inducing expression of the type III secretion(More)
The discovery of disrupted rps19 genes in Arabidopsis mitochondria prompted speculation about the transfer to the nuclear compartment. We here describe the functional gene transfer of rps19 into the nucleus of Arabidopsis. Molecular cloning and sequence analysis of rps19 show that the nuclear gene encodes a long N-terminal extension. Import studies of the(More)
The characterization of major proteins of honeybee larval jelly (49-87 kDa) was performed by the sequencing of new complementary DNAs (cDNAs) obtained from a honeybee head cDNA library, by the determination of N-terminal sequences of the proteins, and by analyses of the newly obtained and known sequence data concerning the proteins. It was found that royal(More)
Native phosphorylated mouse small heat shock protein hsp25 from Ehrlich ascites tumor cells was isolated and the in vivo phosphorylation sites of the protein were determined. Furthermore, native hsp25 was phosphorylated by the endogenous kinase(s) in a cell-free system as well as recombinant hsp25 was phosphorylated in vitro by protein kinase C and(More)
Conjugative DNA transfer of the self-transmissible broad-host-range plasmid RP4 is initiated by strand- and site-specific cleavage at the nick site (nic) of the transfer origin (oriT). Cleavage results in covalent attachment of the plasmid-encoded relaxase (TraI) to the 5'-terminal 2'-deoxycytidine residue at nic. We demonstrate that Tyr22 is the center of(More)
The femAB operon codes for two nearly identical approximately 50-kDa proteins involved in the formation of the staphylococcal pentaglycine interpeptide bridge. Sequencing and analysis of the femA region of mutants isolated by chemical mutagenesis and selection for lysostaphin resistance revealed point mutations leading to the expression of truncated FemA(More)