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Molecular And Genetic Characterization Of Rf2, A Mitochondrial Aldehyde Dehydrogenase Gene Required For Male Fertility In Maize (Zea Mays L) , Xiangqin Cui Jan 2001

Molecular And Genetic Characterization Of Rf2, A Mitochondrial Aldehyde Dehydrogenase Gene Required For Male Fertility In Maize (Zea Mays L) , Xiangqin Cui

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

T-cytoplasm induced male sterility (cms-T) is a maternally inherited inability to produce viable pollen in maize. The causal factor, the URF13 protein, is encoded by the mitochondrial genome and accumulates in the mitochondrial inner membrane. Fertility restoration of cms-T is mediated by the complementary action of two nuclear genes, rf1 and rf2. The rf2 gene was cloned via transposon tagging. Sequence analysis revealed that it has high sequence similarity to mammalian mitochondrial aldehyde dehydrogenases (mtALDHs). Sequence, mRNA, and protein analyses of the spontaneous mutant allele rf2-R213 demonstrated that the ALDH activity is necessary for rf2's function as a cms-T ...


Coordination Of Cell Morphology And Nuclear Division By The Bud Neck Control Ring In Saccharomyces Cerevisiae , Courtney Lynn Thomas Jan 2001

Coordination Of Cell Morphology And Nuclear Division By The Bud Neck Control Ring In Saccharomyces Cerevisiae , Courtney Lynn Thomas

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Coordination of daughter cell growth and nuclear division are readily observed but not well understood in the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae . A screen was performed to identify mutants which lost this coordination such that they exhibited an elongated cell morphology (improper cell growth), but continued to divide. The results of this screen and suppressor analysis suggests the bud neck ring is a control structure which determines cell morphology as well as nuclear division as an upstream regulator of Cdc28p-cyclin complexes.;The effects of mutations in specific components of the bud neck ring on the assembly of other components into the structure ...


Studying The Replication Mechanism Of The Yeast Retrotransposon Ty5 By Molecular And Computational Approaches, Xiang Gao Jan 2001

Studying The Replication Mechanism Of The Yeast Retrotransposon Ty5 By Molecular And Computational Approaches, Xiang Gao

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The yeast retrotransposon Ty5 is a Ty1/copia element. It is in the Hemivirus genus of the Pseudoviridae family. The ability to genetically manipulate retrotransposons and the yeast host cell was taken advantage of to explore replication mechanisms unique to Ty5 and common to most retrotransposons. Because of the abundance and diversity of retroelement sequences, along with the fact that many retroelement enzymes have evolved unique functional specificities, computational approaches were also developed to study functional divergence in replication. By screening a randomly mutagenized Ty5 library, two mutations (Y68C, D252N) causing higher transposition frequencies were identified. Both mutations increased Ty5 ...


Drosophila Jil-1 Kinase Mediates Histone H3 Ser10 Phosphorylation, Maintains Higher Order Chromatin Structure, And Is Implicated In Dosage Compensation , Yanming Wang Jan 2001

Drosophila Jil-1 Kinase Mediates Histone H3 Ser10 Phosphorylation, Maintains Higher Order Chromatin Structure, And Is Implicated In Dosage Compensation , Yanming Wang

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The Drosophila JIL-1 tandem Ser/Thr kinase is associated with chromosomes/chromatin throughout the cell cycle in early embryos and localized to hundreds of sites on the open interband regions on third instar larvae polytene chromosomes. Interestingly, the level of JIL-1 is upregulated on the male X chromosome, which is hypertranscribed for dosage compensation. The distribution of JIL-1 overlaps with that of MSL (male specific lethal) proteins and JIL-1 is associated with the MSL complex.;To further study the function of JIL-1 in vivo, a series of JIL-1 mutants from hypomorphs to null were generated. Analyzing the phenotypes of JIL-1 ...