Becky J. Wong

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The Arabidopsis FLOWERING LOCUS C (FLC) gene is a key floral repressor in the maintenance of a vernalization response. In vernalization-sensitive genetic backgrounds, FLC levels are high, and they decline after exposure to long cold periods. Four FLC paralogs (MAF2 [MADS AFFECTING FLOWERING2] to MAF5) are arranged in a tandem array on the bottom of(More)
OBJECTIVE We evaluated retrospectively plasma glucose levels and the degree of hypoglycemia, hyperglycemia, and glucose variability in a PICU and then assessed their association with hospital length of stay and mortality rates. METHODS Electronic medical records at the Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford University were reviewed retrospectively for(More)
Transcriptional pausing by RNA polymerase (RNAP) plays an important role in the regulation of gene expression. Defined, sequence-specific pause sites have been identified biochemically. Single-molecule studies have also shown that bacterial RNAP pauses frequently during transcriptional elongation, but the relationship of these "ubiquitous" pauses to the(More)
This study evaluated a research method to examine an exacerbation of asthma induced by corticosteroid withdrawal. Ten non-smoking adult asthmatics who were stable on treatment with inhaled steroid underwent a graded reduction of the daily dose by 200 micrograms at weekly intervals until an exacerbation of symptoms occurred. A daily symptom, peak expiratory(More)
Mast cell mediators are known to contribute to the pathogenesis of asthma. There is some disagreement concerning the numbers of mast cells in asthmatic mucosa. In this study a standardized bronchial brush technique was developed and used to assess intraepithelial mast cells and other inflammatory cells in allergic and nonallergic asthmatic and nonasthmatic(More)
BACKGROUND Constant-dose allergen inhalation challenges are frequently used to examine the effect of antiasthma drugs on the allergen-induced early and late asthmatic responses. The end-point measurements in such studies are the maximal early and late percent decreases in the forced expiratory volume in 1 second (FEV1). OBJECTIVE Our purpose was to(More)
Formoterol is a new long-acting beta 2-agonist. We compared the protective effect of 24 micrograms formoterol with 200 micrograms beclomethasone and placebo on inhaled allergen-induced asthmatic responses in mild stable asthmatic subjects. We measured airflow rates, histamine airway responsiveness, cell counts from sputum and peripheral blood, and markers(More)
Salmeterol is a selective long-acting beta 2-agonist bronchodilator considered to have added anti-inflammatory effects, but this is controversial. We investigated the effects of a single dose of salmeterol, 100 micrograms, on the physiological and inflammatory responses to inhaled allergen and compared these with the effects of a single dose of(More)