Alisa M. Poh

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Members of the GATA transcription factor gene family have been implicated in a variety of developmental processes, including that of the vertebrate central nervous system. However, the role of GATA proteins in spinal cord development remains unresolved. In this study, we investigated the expression and function of two GATA proteins, GATA2 and GATA3, in the(More)
From early in limb development the transcription factor Gli3 acts to define boundaries of gene expression along the anterior-posterior (AP) axis, establishing asymmetric patterns required to provide positional information. As limb development proceeds, posterior mesenchyme expression of Sonic hedgehog (Shh) regulates Gli3 transcription and(More)
BACKGROUND The growth of solid tumors depends on establishing blood supply; thus, inhibiting tumor angiogenesis has been a long-term goal in cancer therapy. The SOX18 transcription factor is a key regulator of murine and human blood vessel formation. METHODS We established allograft melanoma tumors in wild-type mice, Sox18-null mice, and mice expressing a(More)
Checkpoint kinases Chk1 and Chk2 are two key components in the DNA damage-activated checkpoint signaling pathways. To distinguish the roles of Chk1 and Chk2 in S and G(2) checkpoints after DNA damage, derivatives of the human breast cancer cell line MDA-MB-231 were established that express short hairpin RNAs to selectively suppress Chk1 or Chk2 expression.(More)
The primitive streak is the organizing center for amniote gastrulation. It defines the future embryonic midline and serves as a conduit of cell migration for germ layer formation. The migration patterns of endodermal and mesodermal precursors through the streak have been studied in great detail. Additional new breakthroughs recently have revealed the cell(More)
We review investigations that have lead to a model of how the ventral spinal cord of higher vertebrate embryos is patterned during development. Central to this model is the secreted morphogen protein, Sonic hedgehog. There is now considerable evidence that this molecule acts in a concentration-dependent manner to direct the development of the spinal cord.(More)
Asthma is a chronic inflammatory airways disease in which respiratory viral infections frequently trigger exacerbations. Current treatment of asthma with combinations of inhaled corticosteroids and long acting beta2 agonists improves asthma control and reduces exacerbations but what impact this might have on innate anti-viral immunity is unclear. We(More)
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