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Genome-Wide Bioinformatic And Molecular Analysis Of Introns In Saccharomyces Cerevisiae, Marc Spingola, Leslie Grate, David Haussler, Manuel Ares Jan 1999

Genome-Wide Bioinformatic And Molecular Analysis Of Introns In Saccharomyces Cerevisiae, Marc Spingola, Leslie Grate, David Haussler, Manuel Ares

Marc Spingola

Introns have typically been discovered in an ad hoc fashion: introns are found as a gene is characterized for other reasons. As complete eukaryotic genome sequences become available, better methods for predicting RNA processing signals in raw sequence will be necessary in order to discover genes and predict their expression. Here we present a catalog of 228 yeast introns, arrived at through a combination of bioinformatic and molecular analysis. Introns annotated in the Saccharomyces Genome Database (SGD) were evaluated, questionable introns were removed after failing a test for splicing in vivo, and known introns absent from the SGD annotation were ...


Biochemical Characterization And Positional Cloning Of The Var2 Variegation Mutant Of Arabidopsis Thaliana , Meng Chen Jan 1999

Biochemical Characterization And Positional Cloning Of The Var2 Variegation Mutant Of Arabidopsis Thaliana , Meng Chen

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Chloroplasts differentiation and development are highly coordinated with their host cells. To better elucidate the mechanisms involved in nuclear-chloroplast interactions, we characterized a nuclear encoded leaf variegation mutation called var2. While cotyledons appear normal, true leaves of var2 emerge as yellow, then turn into green-white sectors. The green sectors contain cells with normal chloroplasts, whereas the white sectors contain cells with abnormal plastid lacking of internal membrane structures. The phenotypes suggested that VAR2 might be involved in thylakoid biogenesis in early chloroplast differentiation. We cloned the VAR2 gene by a map-based method. Five original and two potential alleles were sequenced ...


Oxidizing Side Of The Photosystem I , Jun Sun Jan 1999

Oxidizing Side Of The Photosystem I , Jun Sun

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Photosynthesis converts solar energy into the biological sources of energy for the life on our planet. Photosystem I (PSI) is one of the two reaction centers of oxygenic photosynthesis. PSI is a multiheteromeric membrane-protein complex that catalyzes light-driven electron transfer from plastocyanin or cytochrome c6 to ferredoxin. The PsaA and PsaB subunits form the heterodimeric core that harbors the primary electron donor P700. On the oxidizing side of the PSI complex, plastocyanin or cytochrome c6 donates electrons to the P700 reaction center. The objective of this dissertation is to identify elements of molecular recognition on the oxidizing side of PSI ...


Genetic Mobility And Instability Of Retroviral Vector In Vector Producer Cells For Gene Therapy, Won-Bin Young Jan 1999

Genetic Mobility And Instability Of Retroviral Vector In Vector Producer Cells For Gene Therapy, Won-Bin Young

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

A primary biosafety issue of retroviral vector-mediated gene therapy is the genetic instability of retroviral vectors. Reverse transcription of vector RNA genome is initiated by viral reverse transcriptase (RT) in a virion particle after infection of a target cell. During reverse transcription, abnormal template switches between vector and occasionally co-packaged helper virus in a virion particle can therefore enable helper virus to regain replication elements from the vector and revert to replication-competent retrovirus (RCR). This research was undertaken to study the origins of RT enzyme activities and test the hypothesis that RT enzyme activities are contributed by both exogenous RT ...


Selection For Soybean Seed Yield With Molecular Markers , Joseph Richard Byrum Jan 1999

Selection For Soybean Seed Yield With Molecular Markers , Joseph Richard Byrum

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Molecular markers may facilitate the identification of and selection for quantitative trait loci (QTL) that control economically important traits. The objective of the study was to compare the efficiency of selection among soybean [Glycine max (L.) Merrill] lines for seed yield based on single replication progeny-row-yield tests (PRYT), molecular marker loci selected by pedigree analysis, and a combination of PRYT and molecular marker data. A total of 380 random F3-derived lines from three populations were evaluated in the PRYT at Ames, IA, in 1997 and were genotyped for simple sequence repeats (SSRs) that had been chosen by pedigree analysis for ...


Evaluation Of Recurrent Selection In Leaming And Midland Maize Populations , Marcelo Javier Carena Jan 1999

Evaluation Of Recurrent Selection In Leaming And Midland Maize Populations , Marcelo Javier Carena

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Rates of maize (Zea mays L.) yield improvement in the United States has been reduced during the 1990's. Double-cycle breeding in a few old inbred lines and limited germplasm evaluation and utilization are possible explanations. Only one heterotic pattern (Iowa Stiff Stalk Synthetic x Lancaster Sure Crop) is being widely exploited in U.S. dent maize breeding programs. Alternative U.S. heterotic patterns have been suggested, but they received limited attention and improvement. The objectives of this research were to evaluate inbred-progeny recurrent selection in Leaming (originated in Ohio), the oldest known U.S. open-pollinated variety, and Midland Yellow ...


Transposon-Induced Homologous Recombination At The Maize P Locus And In Transgenic Arabidopsis , Yongli Xiao Jan 1999

Transposon-Induced Homologous Recombination At The Maize P Locus And In Transgenic Arabidopsis , Yongli Xiao

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The maize P gene encodes a Myb-homologous regulator of red phlobaphene pigment biosynthesis in the pericarp, cob and other floral tissues. The P locus has a unique structure with two 5.2kb direct repeats flanking the P gene coding region. When the transposon (Ac) inserts into one site between the two direct repeats in the P-ovov-1114 allele, homologous recombination between the two 5.2kb repeats can occur and the whole P gene coding sequence is deleted;To further study this transposon-induced homologous recombination. This study examined six alleles that carry Ac insertions at different sites in the P locus, in ...


Molecular Characterization Of Myb-Homologous Transcriptional Factors Of The Flavonoid Pathway In Zea Mays , Peifen Zhang Jan 1999

Molecular Characterization Of Myb-Homologous Transcriptional Factors Of The Flavonoid Pathway In Zea Mays , Peifen Zhang

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Structural genes encoding enzymes that catalyze each step of flavonoid synthesis are temporally and spatially regulated. It has been shown that specific anthocyanin pigmentation patterns in maize are achieved by the tissue-specific expression of regulatory genes. Moreover, this tissue-specific regulation is a consequence of the generation of different alleles or duplicated copies of regulatory genes during evolution;In contrast, the myb-homologous P1 gene was the only known regulatory gene required for phlobaphene biosynthesis. The isolation and characterization of the P2 gene, reported here, provides direct molecular evidence that the P region contains duplicated genes. Furthermore, the duplicated P1 (herein, P1-rr ...


Molecular And Genetic Analysis Of Jil-1, A Chromatin Associated Protein Kinase Implicated In Transcriptional Regulation In Drosophila , Ye Jin Jan 1999

Molecular And Genetic Analysis Of Jil-1, A Chromatin Associated Protein Kinase Implicated In Transcriptional Regulation In Drosophila , Ye Jin

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Chromatin remodeling is an essential step for many chromatin-related fundamental cellular processes, such as gene replication, transcription, recombination and gene silencing. Two classes of protein complexes contribute to chromatin remodeling: protein complexes with ATPase activity and protein complexes capable of enzymatic modifications of chromosomal proteins, especially histones. Compared to well-studied histone acetylation which has been directly linked to gene transcription, the role of histone phosphorylation in chromatin remodeling for gene transcription is still poorly understood although there is some correlation between histone phosphorylation and gene transcription;A novel nuclear tandem protein kinase JIL-1 was cloned and identified in Kristen Johansen ...


Genome Reorganization And Non-Linear Transposition In Maize , Jianbo Zhang Jan 1999

Genome Reorganization And Non-Linear Transposition In Maize , Jianbo Zhang

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Transposable elements have long been considered as potential agents of large-scale genome reorganization by virtue of their ability to induce chromosomal rearrangements such as deletions, duplications, inversions, and reciprocal translocations. Previous researchers have shown that particular configurations of transposon termini can induce chromosome rearrangements at high frequencies. By analyzing two derivatives of an unstable allele of the maize P1 (pericarp color) gene carrying both a full-length Ac (Activator) transposable element and a Ac terminal fragment termed fAc (fractured Ac) that were recovered from a classical maize ear twinned sector, it were found that the twinned alleles are a large inverted ...


Assessment Of Plant Introductions For Increasing The Genetic Variability Of Soybean Populations , James Mark Narvel Jan 1999

Assessment Of Plant Introductions For Increasing The Genetic Variability Of Soybean Populations , James Mark Narvel

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Plant introductions (PIs) may increase the genetic variability of soybean populations and lead to greater genetic gains from selection. Five soybean populations containing different percentages of PI parentage were developed at Iowa State University to evaluate the use of PIs for increasing genetic variability for seed yield in a recurrent selection program. The objective of this study was to evaluate the performance and genetic variability of the Cycle 4 (C4) populations of AP 10 (100 % PI), AP 11 (75 % PI), AP12 (50 % PI), AP13 (25 % PI), and AP14 (0 % PI) for agronomic traits and seed composition. Multiplexing technology for simple ...