Amanda M Zhang

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A conventional affinity protein purification system often requires a separate protease to separate the target protein from the affinity tag. This paper describes a unique protein purification system in which the target protein is fused to the C-terminus of a modified protein splicing element (intein). A small affinity tag is inserted in a loop region of the(More)
Regulatory effects of extracellular magnesium ions ([Mg2+]o) on intracellular free ionized calcium ([Ca2+]i) were studied in cultured vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) from rat aorta by use of the fluorescent indicator fura-2 and digital imaging microscopy. With normal Mg2+ (1.2 mM)-containing incubation media, [Ca2+]i in VSMCs was 93.6 +/- 7.93 nM with(More)
Significant differences have been reported in results from three clinical trials evaluating intraputamenal infusion of glial cell line-derived neurotrophic factor (GDNF) for the treatment of Parkinson's disease. To determine if problems in drug bioavailability could have contributed to the discrepancies between studies, we have analyzed the distribution of(More)
AIMS To investigate the effect of FPS1 deletion on the fermentation properties of Saccharomyces cerevisiae and to evaluate whether FPS1 deletion would result in higher ethanol yield. METHODS AND RESULTS FPS1 of S. cerevisiae was knocked out using the one-step gene replacement method. The fermentation properties of the fps1Delta mutant under microaerobic(More)
Variants within the human UGT1A1 gene are associated with irinotecan induced severely adverse reactions and hyperbilirubinemia. Intra-ethnic differences in the genetic variation and haplotypes of UGT1A1 gene have been analyzed in the present study. Relationship between the concentrations of total serum bilirubin (T-bil) and haplotype structure of UGT1A1 in(More)
It has been suggested that reactive oxygen species may be involved in the regulation of vascular tone. However, the underlying mechanisms remain to be elucidated. The present studies were designed to investigate the contractile effects of hydrogen peroxide (H2O2), one of the reactive oxygen species, on isolated ring segments of rat aorta with and without(More)
Experiments were designed to study the effects and mechanism of action of cocaine (COC) on cerebrovascular tissues. Acute exposure to COC (10(-9) to 5 x 10(-3) M) induced contractile responses in isolated canine basilar (BA) and middle cerebral arteries in a dose-dependent manner, but not in mesenteric arteries. The presence or absence of intact endothelium(More)
In vitro studies with smooth muscle cells from rat aorta and dog cerebral blood vessels indicate that variation in free Mg2+, within the pathophysiological range of Mg2+ concentrations, found in human serum, causes sustained changes in membrane phospholipids and lipid second messengers. Incorporation of [3H]palmitic acid into phosphatidylcholine (PC) and(More)
Advances in proteomics have led to the identification of sensitive urinary biomarkers of renal dysfunction that are increasingly used in toxicology and epidemiology. Recent animal data show that combined exposure to inorganic arsenic (As) and cadmium (Cd) gives rise to more pronounced renal toxicity than exposure to each of the agents alone. In order to(More)