Alice L Watson

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Paired helical filaments (PHF) are abnormal neuronal polymers characteristic of Alzheimer's disease (AD). Although tau appears to be a major constituent of PHF, the mechanism for the polymerization of tau or its integration into PHF remains unknown. Here, we show that the oxidation of bovine tau in vitro induces an apparent dimerization of this protein and(More)
Administration of 0.3% aluminum in drinking water elevated serum aluminum concentrations 8-fold in rats. Further, chronic treatment with aluminum for 2-3 mon, in both developing and adult rats, significantly decreased the levels of MAP-2 in brain, as determined by quantitative immunoblot analysis. Aluminum treatment also decreased the level of brain(More)
We report the identification of two distinct noggin genes in the tetrapod Xenopus tropicalis. Noggin functions to antagonize BMP signaling in many developmental contexts, and much work has explored its role in early vertebrate development. We have identified two noggin genes in the tropical clawed frog, X. tropicalis, a diploid anuran which is being(More)
UDP-galactose 4'-epimerase (GALE) interconverts UDP-galactose and UDP-glucose in the final step of the Leloir pathway. Unlike the Escherichia coli enzyme, human GALE (hGALE) also efficiently interconverts a larger pair of substrates: UDP-N-acetylgalactosamine and UDP-N-acetylglucosamine. The basis of this differential substrate specificity has remained(More)
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