Alan J. Robertson

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We developed a massive-scale RNA sequencing protocol, short quantitative random RNA libraries or SQRL, to survey the complexity, dynamics and sequence content of transcriptomes in a near-complete fashion. This method generates directional, random-primed, linear cDNA libraries that are optimized for next-generation short-tag sequencing. We surveyed the(More)
Pancreatic cancer remains one of the most lethal of malignancies and a major health burden. We performed whole-genome sequencing and copy number variation (CNV) analysis of 100 pancreatic ductal adenocarcinomas (PDACs). Chromosomal rearrangements leading to gene disruption were prevalent, affecting genes known to be important in pancreatic cancer (TP53,(More)
Integrated genomic analysis of 456 pancreatic ductal adenocarcinomas identified 32 recurrently mutated genes that aggregate into 10 pathways: KRAS, TGF-β, WNT, NOTCH, ROBO/SLIT signalling, G1/S transition, SWI-SNF, chromatin modification, DNA repair and RNA processing. Expression analysis defined 4 subtypes: (1) squamous; (2) pancreatic progenitor; (3)(More)
A meiotic segregant (oliPR1) was isolated with a phenotype of multiple cross resistance and collateral sensitivity. Strain oliPR1 has increased sensitivity to ethidium bromide, dequalinium chloride, acriflavin, paromomycin and neomycin, and increased resistance to oligomycin, rutamycin, venturicidin, triethyltin bromide, antimycin,(More)
A mutant strain (2-20) isolated by growth on medium containing oligomycin and cycloheximide was also found to be cross resistant to antimyicn, cerulenin, chloramphenicol, tetracycline, triethyltin and triphenylmethylphosphonium bromide, but collaterally sensitive to dequalinium chloride, gentamycin, neomycin, paromomycin and thiolutin. Growth of 2-20,(More)
Single nuclear gene inheritance was shown to be responsible for increased resistance to: eight diverse inhibitors of mitochondrial function (antimycin, carbonylcyanide-m-chlorophenylhydrazone, chloramphenicol, oligomycin, tetracycline, triethyltin bromide, triphenylmethylphosphonium bromide and triton-X-165); and an inhibitor of cytoplasmic protein(More)
Obtaining single parasite clones is required for many techniques in malaria research. Cloning by limiting dilution using microscopy-based assessment for parasite growth is an arduous and labor-intensive process. An alternative method for the detection of parasite growth in limiting dilution assays is using a commercial ELISA histidine-rich protein II (HRP2)(More)
[structure: see text] Phosphorinanes are presented as a class of phosphine ligand suitable for organopalladium cross-coupling chemistry. Prepared via a direct double Michael addition of a monoalkyl- or arylphosphine to phorone followed by a Wolf-Kishner reduction, phosphorinanes are relatively inexpensive to manufacture and allow modification of one of the(More)
Some 2-benzylidenecyclohexanones, 2,6-bis(benzylidene)cyclohexanones, and related compounds were evaluated for antitumor and cytotoxic activities; (E)-2-benzylidenecyclohexanone (Ia) was shown to have significant cytotoxic properties and a potent inhibitory effect on yeast mitochondria. After intraperitoneal injection of Ia, unchanged drug and a metabolite,(More)
Dimethylamino-1-phenyl-1-penten-3-one hydrochloride (Ia) and 32 analogs were tested for inhibition of respiratory-dependent growth in Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Thirteen of the 33 compounds tested appeared to affect mitochondrial function, since the inhibition of respiratory-dependent growth was statistically greater than the inhibition of growth on(More)