Andrew Bagdasarian

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AMP-activated protein kinase or AMPK is an evolutionarily conserved sensor of cellular energy status, activated by a variety of cellular stresses that deplete ATP. However, the possible involvement of AMPK in UV- and H(2)O(2)-induced oxidative stresses that lead to skin aging or skin cancer has not been fully studied. We demonstrated for the first time that(More)
SIRT1 is a member of a highly conserved gene family (sirtuins) encoding nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD)(+)-dependent deacetylases, originally found to deacetylate histones leading to increased DNA stability and prolonged survival in yeast and higher organisms, including mammals. SIRT1 has been found to function as a deacetylase for numerous protein(More)
An asymptomatic woman (Ms. Williams) was found to have a severe abnormality in the surface-activated intrinsic coagulation, fibrinolytic, and kinin-generating pathways. Assays for known coagulation factors were nromal while Fletcher factor (pre-kallikrein) was 45%, insufficient to account for the observed markedly prolonged partial thromboplastin time.(More)
Proteolytic enzymes are associated with normal and neoplastic tissues. Therefore protease inhibitors might also be involved in the control of cell function. alpha 1-protease antigen and antitryptic activity have been found in normal and neoplastic human ovarian homogenate. The inhibitor has been localized to ovarian stromal cells or tumor cells by(More)
During the early events of coagulation of human blood by the intrinsic pathway, factor XII is activated to a form which can activate factor XI, and is proteolytically fragmented to smaller species (30,000 daltons and 70,000 daltons) which have lost most of the ability to activate factor XI but which can activate prekallikrein rapidly. The effect of these(More)
Ultraviolet radiation (UV) induces apoptosis and functional maturation in skin dendritic cells (DCs). However, the molecular mechanisms through which UV activates DCs have not been thoroughly investigated. In this study, we examined the mechanisms of activation and apoptosis of DCs after UV irradiation by focusing on epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR).(More)
Alpha 1 protease inhibitor antigen was identified in the culture medium of the human ascites hepatoma cell line SK-HEP-1. Trypsin inhibitory activity and alpha 1 Pl antigen accumulated in serum-free medium concomitantly over a period of several days. Radioactive alpha 1 Pl antigen was detected in conditioned medium from cultures supplemented with(More)
A 2.8-year prospective multicenter trial was conducted to evaluate the ePTFE peritoneal onlay laparoscopic inguinal hernioplasty. A total of 441 inguinal hernias were repaired in 351 patients (326 male; 25 female). Two hundred twenty-six of the hernias were direct, 185 indirect, 4 femoral, 26 pantaloon, 90 bilateral, and 92 recurrent. Standardized data(More)
Patients lacking high molecular weight (HMW) kininogen have profound abnormalities of the Hageman factor-dependent pathways of coagulation, kinin formation, and fibrinolysis. The ability of HMW kininogen to potentiate the Hageman factor fragments (HFf) activation of prekallikrein and Factor XI in plasma was studied. HFf only partially converted Factor XI to(More)