Alexandra Z. Sosinsky

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The olfactory receptor (OR) gene cluster on human chromosome 17p13.3 was subjected to mixed shotgun automated DNA sequencing. The resulting 412 kb of genomic sequence include 17 OR coding regions, 6 of which are pseudogenes. Six of the coding regions were discovered only upon genomic sequencing, while the others were previously reported as partial(More)
The genomic and cDNA structures were studied for eight human olfactory receptor (OR) genes within the chromosome 17p13.3 cluster. A common gene structure was revealed, which included an approximately 1-kb intronless coding region terminated by a signal for polyadenylation and a variable number of upstream noncoding exons. The latter were found to be(More)
OBJECTIVE Second-generation antipsychotics are used to treat a spectrum of psychiatric illnesses in reproductive-age women. The National Pregnancy Registry for Atypical Antipsychotics was established to determine the risk of major malformations among infants exposed to second-generation antipsychotics during pregnancy relative to a comparison group of(More)
BACKGROUND The border zone of healing myocardial infarcts is an arrhythmogenic substrate, partly the result of structural and functional remodeling of the ventricular gap junction protein, Connexin43 (Cx43). Cx43 in arrhythmogenic substrates is a potential target for antiarrhythmic therapy. METHODS AND RESULTS We characterized Cx43 remodeling in the(More)
OR proteins bind odorant ligands and transmit a G-protein-mediated intracellular signal, resulting in generation of an action potential. The accumulation of DNA sequences of hundreds of OR genes provides an opportunity to predict features related to their structure, function and evolutionary diversification. The OR repertoire has evolved a variable(More)
BACKGROUND The objective of this open-label, preliminary study was to assess the efficacy of omega-3 fatty acids for treating dyslipidemia associated with use of atypical antipsychotics. METHODS Participants treated with atypical antipsychotics who had hypertriglyceridemia (> 200 mg/dL) and/or hypercholesterolemia (> 250 mg/dL) were enrolled in an open(More)
Defining pathophenotype, a systems level consequence of a disease genotype, together with environmental and stochastic influences, is an arduous task in psychiatry. It is also an appealing goal, given growing need for appreciation of brain disorders biological complexity, aspiration for diagnostic tests development and ambition to identify novel drug(More)
Women of reproductive age commonly use integrative treatments. However, the reproductive safety for most complementary products lacks systematic study. We aimed to study the use of supplements by women in a prospective pregnancy registry. The Massachusetts General Hospital National Pregnancy Registry for Atypical Antipsychotics was established to evaluate(More)
The superoxide dismutase mimetic manganese [III] tetrakis [5,10,15,20]-benzoic acid porphyrin (MnTBAP) is a potent antioxidant compound that has been shown to limit weight gain during short-term high fat feeding without preventing insulin resistance. However, whether MnTBAP has therapeutic potential to treat pre-existing obesity and insulin resistance(More)