Amy M. Bertino

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Thrombocytopenia developed in some individuals treated with a recombinant thrombopoietin (TPO), pegylated recombinant human megakaryocyte growth and development factor (PEG-rHuMGDF). Three of the subjects who developed severe thrombocytopenia were analyzed in detail to determine the cause of their thrombocytopenia. Except for easy bruising and heavy menses,(More)
BACKGROUND Although it is usually involved only in nucleated cells (NCs), artificially enucleated cells also lose viability by a programmed process of cell death called apoptosis. Because platelets undergo loss of viability during storage, an attempt was made to determine whether platelets contained the apoptotic mechanisms and whether it was activated(More)
BACKGROUND PLTs for transfusion lose viability during storage in blood banking. This loss of viability is accelerated at 37 degrees C, as is the risk of bacterial contamination, and has led to the selection of 22 degrees C as the routine storage temperature. Because PLTs contain an intact apoptotic mechanism, we sought to determine whether PLTs undergo(More)
The functional human adenine phosphoribosyltransferase (APRT) gene is less than 2.6 kilobases in length and contains five exons. The amino acid sequences of APRTs have been highly conserved throughout evolution. The human enzyme is 82%, 90%, and 40% identical to the mouse, hamster, and Escherichia coli enzymes, respectively. The promoter region of the human(More)
BACKGROUND For most cells, the addition of a specific growth factor has improved cellular viability by preventing programmed cell death (apoptosis). To determine whether the platelet-specific hematopoietic growth factor thrombopoietin (TPO) might improve platelet viability, endogenous TPO and the platelet TPO receptor were analyzed during storage, and the(More)
Soluble human complement receptor type 1 (sCR1, TP10) has been expressed in Chinese hamster ovary (CHO) DUKX-B11 cells and shown to inhibit the classical and alternative complement pathways in vitro and in vivo. A truncated version of sCR1 lacking the long homologous repeat-A domain (LHR-A) containing the C4b binding site has similarly been expressed and(More)
When a functional murine adenine phosphoribosyltransferase (aprt) gene linked to bovine papilloma virus (BPV) DNA is transfected into Aprt− L cells, the cells are rendered Aprt− and the aprt gene persists as an episome. Cotransfection with two BPV vectors, one containing the 5′ half of the aprt gene and the other the 3′ half of the gene, that share about(More)
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