Abby K Stevens

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We delineated and analyzed directly oriented paralogous low-copy repeats (DP-LCRs) in the most recent version of the human haploid reference genome. The computationally defined DP-LCRs were cross-referenced with our chromosomal microarray analysis (CMA) database of 25,144 patients subjected to genome-wide assays. This computationally guided approach to the(More)
Interstitial deletions of 6q are associated with variable phenotypes, including growth retardation, dysmorphic features, upper limb malformations, and Prader–Willi (PW)-like features. Only a minority of cases in the literature have been characterized with high resolution techniques, making genotype–phenotype correlations difficult. We report 12 individuals(More)
This work was undertaken in order to resolve some of the controversy in the literature concerning the properties of alpha-crystallins isolated in different laboratories. Bovine lens proteins were extracted and isolated by gel chromatography using 'Hoenders buffer' (0.02 M Tris-HCl, 1 mM EDTA, 80 mM NaCl, pH 7.3), 'Tardieu buffer' (0.04 M phosphate, 1 mM(More)
PURPOSE Long-term steroid therapy is a known risk factor for the development of posterior subcapsular cataract. Previous work in this laboratory has found soluble lens proteins to bind dexamethasone, but this binding is not due to a glucocorticoid receptor. This study was undertaken to identify the soluble protein or proteins involved in lens glucocorticoid(More)
Exposure of bovine alpha-crystallin to 0.1 M glycine at pH 7 decreases the average molar mass of the protein from 700 to 420 kDa. When the pH is lowered to 2.5, in the same buffer, the alpha B chains specifically dissociate from the aggregates, leaving a particle of 290 kDa containing only alpha A chains. The decrease in the molar mass corresponds to the(More)
Homopolymers were constructed from the alpha A and alpha B polypeptides isolated from the lens protein alpha-crystallin. As the pH is lowered from 7.0 to 3.4, these homopolymers dissociate to smaller species with molecular masses ranging from 80 to 250 kDa for the alpha A and around 140 kDa for the alpha B dissociation products. The pKa for this(More)
A simple procedure, based on the precipitin curve and the antibody:antigen ratios of the precipitates, is described for evaluation of the intrinsic association constant (k) governing the interaction between a multivalent antigen and a bivalent antibody. Its application is illustrated with a study of the interaction between alpha-crystallin and an elicited(More)
Complexes containing alpha-crystallin were isolated from crosslinked lens extract using an affinity column constructed with monoclonal antibodies specific for alpha-crystallin. The affinity-purified protein was compared with alpha-crystallins before and after crosslinking. Electron microscopy revealed sheet-like structures in the cross-linked protein from(More)
In this report, we describe an 8-year-old male with Robin sequence, bilateral radiohumeral synostosis, microgastria, cryptorchidism, dislocated hips, proximal femoral deficiency, and an autism spectrum disorder. This combination of findings has not been previously reported. Features of particular interest are the radiohumeral synostosis and microgastria,(More)
In the presence of 0.1 M glycine, pH 2.5, alpha-crystallin dissociates into aggregates containing only alpha A chains plus monomeric alpha B chains. Advantage has been taken of this to develop a method for the purification of the alpha A and alpha B chains by gel filtration on Sephadex G-75. This method gives high yields of purified subunits and avoids the(More)