Dr. Ann M. Grens
  • Dr. Ann M. Grens
  • Associate Professor of Molecular & Developmental Biology
  • B.S. University of California, Davis (1982)
  • Ph.D. University of California, San Diego (1989)
  • Office: Northside 128A
  • Phone: 574-520-4426
  • Email: agrens AT
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  • Grens, A., Shimizu, H., Hoffmeister-Ullerich, S. A., Bode, H. R., and Fujisawa, T. (1999) The novel signal peptides Hym-346/pedibin lower positional value thereby enhancing foot formation in Hydra. Development 126:517-524.
  • Grens, A., Gee, L., Fisher, D. F. and Bode, H. R. (1996) CnNK-2, an NK-2 homeobox gene, has a role in patterning the basal end of the axis in Hydra. Dev. Biol. 180: 473-488.
  • Grens, A., Mason, E., Marsh, J. L. and H. R. Bode (1995) Evolutionary conservation of a cell fate specification gene: The Hydra achaete-scute homolog has proneural activity in Drosophila. Development 121: 4027-4035. [Excerpted in Current Biology, Jan 1996 ]
  • Sarras, Jr., M. P., Yan, L., Grens, A., Zhang, X., Agbas, A., Huff, J. K., St. John, P. L. and D. R. Abrahamson. (1994) Cloning and biological function of laminin in Hydra vulgaris. Dev. Biol. 164: 312-324
  • Cahn, S. J., Oliva, Jr., A. A., LaMendola, J., Grens, A., Bode, H. R. and D. F. Steiner. (1992) Conservation of the prohormone convertase gene family in Metazoa: Analysis of cDNAs encoding a PC3-like protein from Hydra. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 89: 6678-6682.
  • Grens, A. and I. E. Scheffler. (1990) The 5' and 3' untranslated regions of ornithine decarboxylase mRNA affect translational efficiency. J. Biol. Chem. 265: 11810-11816.
  • Grens, A., Steglich, C., Pilz, R. and I. E. Scheffler. (1989) Nucleotide sequence of the Chinese hamster ornithine decarboxylase gene. Nucleic Acids Res. 17: 10497.
  • Dircks, L., Grens, A., Slezynger, T. C. and I. E. Scheffler. (1986) Post- transcriptional regulation of ornithine decarboxylase activity. J. Cell. Physiol. 126: 371-378.
  • Steglich, C., Grens, A. and I. E. Scheffler. (1985) Chinese hamster cells deficient in ornithine decarboxylase activity: Reversion by gene amplification and by azacytidine treatment. Somat. Cell Mol. Genet. 11: 11-23.