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Biology Of Rpv Barley Yellow Dwarf Virus Satellite Rna , Lada Rasochova Jan 1996

Biology Of Rpv Barley Yellow Dwarf Virus Satellite Rna , Lada Rasochova

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Satellite RNAs (satRNAs) depend on their helper viruses for replication, encapsidation and spread. The goal of the research was to determine helper virus specificity and host range of the RPV barley yellow dwarf luteovirus (BYDV-RPV) satRNA (satRPV RNA) and assay satRPV RNA for the ability to affect the accumulation and modulate disease symptoms of its helper viruses in protoplasts and plants. Although similar in structural genes, subgroup I and II luteoviruses have very different polymerases. BYDV-RPV and beet western yellows virus (BWYV), members of subgroup II luteoviruses, supported satRPV RNA replication in monocotyledonous and dicotyledonous hosts, respectively. In contrast, BYDV-PAV ...


Regulation Of Translation By The 3' Untranslated Region Of Barley Yellow Dwarf Virus-Pav Rna , Shanping Wang Jan 1996

Regulation Of Translation By The 3' Untranslated Region Of Barley Yellow Dwarf Virus-Pav Rna , Shanping Wang

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Eukaryotic translation initiation is an important step for gene expression. This process is stimulated by the interaction of 5' cap and 3' poly(A) tail mediated by trans-acting factors. Positive sense viral RNA can differ from the cellular mRNA by lacking either a 5' cap, or 3' poly(A) tail or both. Therefore, various strategies have evolved by the RNA viruses to achieve efficient translation. Barley yellow dwarf virus-PAV serotype (BYDV-PAV) lacks both a 5' cap and 3' poly(A) tail. I found that a sequence (called 3'TE for 3' translation enhancer) at the 3'UTR of barley yellow ...


Integration Specificity Of The Retrovirus-Like Transposable Element Ty5 Of Saccharomyces , Sige Zou Jan 1996

Integration Specificity Of The Retrovirus-Like Transposable Element Ty5 Of Saccharomyces , Sige Zou

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The retrotransposons and retroviruses display a strong preference in selecting integration sites. The molecular mechanisms underlying this process, however, are largely unknown. I have characterized a new retrotransposon, called Ty5, in diverse strains of Saccharomyces cerevisiae and related species. A functional element, Ty5-6p, was identified from S. paradoxus. To investigate Ty5 target preference, the locations of 13 native insertions were determined in S. cerevisiae and S. paradoxus. Twelve were found near the telomeres and the mating locus HMR. To determine if this distribution is a consequence of targeted integration, a Ty5 transposition assay was developed in S. cerevisiae using Ty5-6p ...


Characterization Of Membrane-Associated Nuclease Activity In Mycoplasma Pulmonis , Karalee Jean Jarvill-Taylor Jan 1996

Characterization Of Membrane-Associated Nuclease Activity In Mycoplasma Pulmonis , Karalee Jean Jarvill-Taylor

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Mycoplasmas are deficient in numerous biosynthetic pathways. Consequently, growth is dependent upon the acquisition of structural and macromolecular precursors from the environment. These precursors include phospholipids, fatty acids and nucleotide bases. DNases and RNases are postulated to be involved in the acquisition of nucleotides. The goals of this study were to determine if nuclease activities are universally associated with mycoplasmas, characterize the nucleases by subcellular distribution and apparent molecular weight, and to identify and analyze the nuclease gene(s) in Mycoplasma pulmonis;Nuclease activity was present in all mycoplasma species tested. The level of activity did not correlate with virulence ...


Molecular Characterization Of The Chloroplastic Acetyl-Coa Carboxylase Of Arabidopsis Thaliana , Joong-Kook Choi Jan 1996

Molecular Characterization Of The Chloroplastic Acetyl-Coa Carboxylase Of Arabidopsis Thaliana , Joong-Kook Choi

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Acetyl-CoA carboxylase (ACCase) is a biotin-containing enzyme that catalyzes the formation of malonyl-CoA from acetyl-CoA. Dicot plants such as Arabidopsis contain two structurally distinct types of ACCases that are located in different subcellular compartments. The ACCase located in the cytosol of plant cells generates malonyl-CoA for the synthesis of plant secondary metabolites, including a variety of polyketides and derivatives, and malonylated phytochemicals. The ACCase that is located in chloroplasts generates malonyl-CoA for de novo fatty acid biosynthesis. This enzyme has a heteromeric structure consisting of at least four subunits: the biotin-carrier subunit, coded by the CAC1 gene, the biotin carboxylase ...


Purification, Characterization And Molecular Cloning Of Muscle Paranemin , Philip Mark Hemken Jan 1996

Purification, Characterization And Molecular Cloning Of Muscle Paranemin , Philip Mark Hemken

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Paranemin is an incompletely characterized ~280 kilodalton protein previously identified and immunolocalized in embryonic chick skeletal muscle. Paranemin has been purified from the same tissue source, has the same molecular weight by SDS-PAGE, and has the same antibody localization at the Z-lines of adult avian cardiac muscle. The method developed for preparation of purified paranemin from embryonic (chick) skeletal muscle includes homogenization, centrifugation and gel filtration, hydroxyapatite, and DEAE-cellulose chromatography. By using this method, ~2 mg of purified paranemin was routinely obtained. Amino acid analysis revealed that paranemin has a high acidic to basic amino acid ratio, which agrees with ...