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An interesting but largely unanswered biological question is how eukaryotic organisms regulate the size of multicellular tissues. During development, a lawn of Dictyostelium cells breaks up into territories, and within the territories the cells aggregate in dendritic streams to form groups of approximately 20,000 cells. Using random insertional mutagenesis(More)
The rightward regulatory region of bacteriophage lambda contains two promoters, pRM and pR, which direct the synthesis of nonoverlapping divergent transcripts from start sites 82 bp apart. Each of the two promoters has an upstream (A+T)-rich region (ATR) within the sequence from -40 to -60 where in the rrnB P1 promoter a stretch of 20 (A+T) bp greatly(More)
A secreted 450-kDa complex of proteins called counting factor (CF) is part of a negative feedback loop that regulates the size of the groups formed by developing Dictyostelium cells. Two components of CF are countin and CF50. Both recombinant countin and recombinant CF50 decrease group size in Dictyostelium. countin- cells have a decreased cAMP-stimulated(More)
In Dictyostelium discoideum, AprA and CfaD are secreted proteins that inhibit cell proliferation. We found that the proliferation of cells lacking CnrN, a phosphatase and tensin homolog (PTEN)-like phosphatase, is not inhibited by exogenous AprA and is increased by exogenous CfaD. The expression of CnrN in cnrN cells partially rescues these altered(More)
Bacteriophage lambda promoters PR and PRM direct RNA synthesis in divergent orientations from start sites 82 base pairs apart. We had previously determined that the presence on the same DNA fragment of a wild type PR promoter interfered with the utilization of the PRM promoter. The results reported here concern the effects of changing the distance between(More)
Little is known about how organisms regulate the size of multicellular structures. This review condenses some of the observations about how Dictyostelium regulates the size of fruiting bodies. Very large fruiting bodies tend to fall over, and one of the ways Dictyostelium cells prevent this is by breaking up the aggregation streams when there is an(More)
One of the simplest examples of a complex behavior is the aggregation of solitary Dictyostelium discoideum amoebae to form a 20,000-cell fruiting body. A field of starving amoebae first breaks up into territories. In each territory, the cells form a spider-like pattern of streams of cells. As part of a negative feedback loop, counting factor (CF), a(More)
s for Talks Overexpression of the Dictyostelium discoideum paxB gene interferes with normal cell-cell cohesion, cell-substrate adhesion, and cell sorting M. Berenice Duran, Derrick Brazill M. Berenice Duran The development of the eukaryote Dictyostelium discoideum displays many of the features of animal embryogenesis such as regulated cell-cell adhesion and(More)
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