Annamarie Rogers

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Pyrularia thionin is a strongly basic bioactive peptide of 47 amino acids isolated from nuts of Pyrularia pubera. It is hemolytic, cytotoxic and activates an endogenous phospholipase A2 in 3T3 cells. Earlier studies have shown that the cardiotoxin from Naja naja kaouthia has similar activities and binds to the same site as Pyrularia thionin. Since the(More)
Quantitative, real-time reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) measurements were made to investigate the levels of c-fos mRNA as one measure of the expression of the c-fos gene. Exposure of mouse cerebellar granule cells to excitotoxic concentrations of glutamate (Glu) and aspartate (Asp) led to a changed time profile for mRNA expression,(More)
1. A heat-stable modulator protein was partially purified from mouse epidermis. The protein stimulated modulator-depleted cyclic AMP phosphodiesterase from bovine brain in the presence of Ca2+. 2. DEAE-cellulose chromatography of epidermal extracts demonstrated the presence of two main phosphodiesterase activities that hydrolysed both cyclic AMP and cyclic(More)
Pyrularia thionin and snake venom cardiotoxin are strongly basic peptides which induce hemolysis, depolarization of muscle cells and activation of endogenous phospholipase A2. An earlier study of the hemolysis reaction indicated that the two peptides bind to and compete for the same site on human erythrocytes. A recent study examined the hemolysis induced(More)
The subcutaneous injection of cholera toxin into adult mice resulted in a sustained increase in cyclic AMP levels in mouse epidermis after a lag period of about 2 hr. An increase in ornithine decarboxylase activity occurred between 7 and 10 hr, which was maintained for at least 10 hr. The increase in decarboxylase activity was localized to the area of(More)
OBJECTIVES Cyclooxygenase 2 (COX-2) and vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), often coexpressed in cancer, are associated with poor prognosis. However, results from pancreatic cancer trials of their inhibitors were disappointing. This study delineated the role of COX-2 and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs in angiogenesis and VEGF regulation. (More)
1. Cell-free lysates of human peripheral blood lymphocytes contained two casein kinase activities and two histone kinase activities, which could be separated by chromatography on DEAE-Sephadex. 2. Neither of the casein kinase activities were stimulated by cyclic AMP. The major activity was eluted from DEAE-Sephadex between 0.4 and 0.45M-KCl, had a molecular(More)
Incubation of the ubiquitous pollutants, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB), DDT and DDE with rat liver lysosomes shows that these lipophillic substrates are highly active labilizers of lysosomal membranes. The release of acid phosphatase was used as a marker enzyme and at high PCB, DDT and DDE concentrations (2X10(-3)M) the lytic activity was similar to that(More)