Aisha Wilson

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Impairment of folate and cobalamin (vitamin B(12)) metabolism has been observed in families with neural tube defects (NTDs). Genetic variants of enzymes in the homocysteine remethylation pathway might act as predisposing factors contributing to NTD risk. The first polymorphism linked to increased NTD risk was the 677C-->T mutation in(More)
Methionine synthase catalyzes the remethylation of homocysteine to methionine via a reaction in which methylcobalamin serves as an intermediate methyl carrier. Over time, the cob(I)alamin cofactor of methionine synthase becomes oxidized to cob(II)alamin rendering the enzyme inactive. Regeneration of functional enzyme requires reductive methylation via a(More)
Aged memory-impaired (AI) and unimpaired (AU) 24-25-month-old Long-Evans rats were used to investigate the integrity of various cholinergic markers during normal aging and to establish if alterations can possibly relate to cognitive disabilities. AI and AU rats were classified on the basis of their performance in the Morris swim maze task. Choline(More)
Methionine synthase reductase (MSR) deficiency is an autosomal recessive disorder of folate/cobalamin metabolism leading to hyperhomocysteinemia, hypo- methioninemia and megaloblastic anemia. Deficiency in MSR activity occurs as the result of a defect in the MSR enzyme, which is required for the reductive activation of methionine synthase (MS). MS itself is(More)
Transcripts encoding four NMDA receptor subunits, generated from the NMDAR1 gene by alternative RNA splicing, have been demonstrated in adult rat brain. RNA transcripts derived from cDNAs encoding each form direct the formation of functional NMDA receptors in Xenopus oocytes. The two amino acid cassettes of 21 and 37 amino acids found in the splice variants(More)
The effects of ethanol on a number of electrophysiological parameters were examined in 10 different voltage-gated potassium channels expressed in Xenopus oocytes. None of the channels examined was highly sensitive to ethanol, but there was significant variability among the channels tested at concentrations of ethanol of 200 mM and greater. The response to(More)
Thalidomide is an effective immunomodulatory drug in man, but its mechanism of action remains unclear. We hypothesized that, in addition to its reported inhibitory effects on production of monocyte-derived tumour necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha), thalidomide might be effective at the level of Th immunoregulation. In a comparative study with the(More)
Studies have shown that the neuronal NMDA receptor is a target for the actions of ethanol. Recently, a number of subunits of the NMDA receptor have been cloned and functionally expressed in various combinations. We have expressed four splice variants of the NMDAR1 subunit in Xenopus oocytes, and find that homomeric assemblies of this subunit, in the absence(More)
Each of the two mutants isolated from a fliC (= hag, flagellin-deficient) Escherichia coli strain made motile by a plasmid carrying the fliC gene of Salmonella muenchen by selection for motility in the presence of anti-d (Salmonella flagellar antigen) serum had both lost and gained one or more subfactors of the wild-type antigen. In one mutant codon 246 was(More)