DNA, Recombinant

Publication Title: 
Nucleic Acids Research

We sequenced and compared the telomeric regions of linear rDNAs from vegetative macronuclei of several ciliates in the suborder Tetrahymenina. All telomeres consisted of tandemly repeated C4A2 sequences, including the 5' telomere of the 11 kb rDNA from developing macronuclei of Tetrahymena thermophila. Our sequence of the 11 kb 5' telomeric region shows that each one of a previously described pair of inverted repeats flanking the micronuclear rDNA (Yao et al., Mol. Cell. Biol.

Author(s): 
Challoner, P. B.
Blackburn, E. H.
Publication Title: 
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America

We transformed the ciliate Tetrahymena thermophila by microinjection of circular plasmids containing the ribosomal RNA gene (rDNA). In the somatic macronucleus of Tetrahymena, the rDNA is in the form of linear palindromic molecules. The rDNA molecules from the C3 strain have a replication advantage over rDNA from both B strain and the C3 rDNA mutant rmm1. We constructed two circular plasmids carrying replication origin sequences from C3 rDNA and a point mutation (Pmr) in the 17S rRNA gene that confers resistance to the antibiotic paromomycin.

Author(s): 
Yu, G. L.
Hasson, M.
Blackburn, E. H.
Publication Title: 
Cell

A simple repetitive DNA sequence in the nuclear genome of Trypanosoma brucei, consisting of tandem repeats of the hexanucleotide 5' CCCTAA 3', was identified as being telomeric by several criteria. This sequence was specifically labeled with T. brucei genomic DNA as the template for in vitro nick translation by DNA polymerase I, and was present in Bal 31 nuclease sensitive, genomic restriction fragments of the large sizes expected in this organism for at least some telomeric regions. The same repeated sequence was found in six other flagellates tested. A segment of DNA from T.

Author(s): 
Blackburn, E. H.
Challoner, P. B.
Publication Title: 
Nucleic Acids Research

We sequenced and compared the telomeric regions of linear rDNAs from vegetative macronuclei of several ciliates in the suborder Tetrahymenina. All telomeres consisted of tandemly repeated C4A2 sequences, including the 5' telomere of the 11 kb rDNA from developing macronuclei of Tetrahymena thermophila. Our sequence of the 11 kb 5' telomeric region shows that each one of a previously described pair of inverted repeats flanking the micronuclear rDNA (Yao et al., Mol. Cell. Biol.

Author(s): 
Challoner, P. B.
Blackburn, E. H.
Publication Title: 
FEBS letters

The potential for transfer of antibiotic resistance genes from genetically modified (GM) plant material to microbes through genetic recombination in the human or animal gut is a consideration that has engendered caution in the use of GM foods. This study was aimed at defining the optimal physical and chemical conditions necessary to ensure sufficient fragmentation of DNA in plant tissues to a size where it would be unlikely to be stably transferred to bacterial gut microflora.

Author(s): 
Chiter, A.
Forbes, J. M.
Blair, G. E.
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