Anne Cheever

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FXR1P is one of two autosomal paralogs of the fragile X mental retardation protein FMRP. The absence of FMRP causes fragile X syndrome, the leading cause of hereditary mental retardation. FXR1P plays an important role in normal muscle development and has been implicated in facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy (FSHD). Its absence also causes cardiac(More)
Mycobacterium bovis bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG) is the only vaccine approved for prevention of tuberculosis. It has been postulated that serial passage of BCG over the years may have resulted in attenuation of its effectiveness. Because interleukin-12 (IL-12) and oligodeoxynucleotides (ODN) containing cytidine phosphate guanosine (CpG) motifs have been(More)
Small, genomically-encoded microRNAs are important factors in the regulation of mRNA translation. Although their biogenesis is relatively well-defined, it is still unclear how they are recruited to their mRNA targets. The fragile X mental retardation protein family members, FMRP, FXR1P and FXR2P are RNA binding proteins that regulate translation of their(More)
Fragile X syndrome is the most common form of inherited mental retardation and is caused by the absence of expression of the FMR1 gene. The protein encoded by this gene, Fmrp, is an RNA-binding protein that binds a subset of mRNAs and regulates their translation, leading to normal cognitive function. Although the association with RNAs is well established,(More)
Experimental infections with Schistosoma mansoni and S. japonicum differ in several aspects and post-treatment resorption of fibrosis might be one of them. To investigate this point, mice infected with each of these schistosome species were treated with praziquantel and the evolution of hepatic lesions was sequentially followed for five months.(More)
Recent studies suggest that intracellular Trypanosoma cruzi invasion with release of intracellular myocardial antigens during T. cruzi infection is crucial to the pathogenesis of chronic chagasic myocarditis. However, in areas endemic for Chagas' disease, the incidence of clinical acute chagasic myocarditis has been reported to be low among infected(More)
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