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Connexin26 (Cx26) and connexin30 (Cx30) are two major protein subunits that co-assemble to form gap junctions (GJs) in the cochlea. Mutations in either one of them are the major cause of non-syndromic prelingual deafness in humans. Because the mechanisms of cochlear pathogenesis caused by Cx mutations are unclear, we investigated effects of Cx30 null(More)
Mutations in the gene coding for connexin26 (Cx26) is the most common cause of human nonsyndromic hereditary deafness. To investigate deafness mechanisms underlying Cx26 null mutations, we generated three independent lines of conditional Cx26 null mice. Cell differentiation and gross cochlear morphology at birth seemed normal. However, postnatal development(More)
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We have shown previously that EM011, a synthetic compound, binds tubulin with a higher affinity than the founding compound, noscapine, without changing total microtubule polymer mass. Now we show that EM011 is potently effective against vinblastine-resistant human lymphoblastoid line CEM/VLB100 and its parental vinblastine-sensitive line CEM. The(More)
Following surgery, the hormone dependence of breast tumors is exploited for therapy using antagonists such as tamoxifen, although occasional hormone-resistant clones do appear. Another chemotherapeutic strategy uses microtubule inhibitors such as taxanes. Unfortunately, these agents elicit toxicities such as leukocytopenia, diarrhea, alopecia, and(More)
Several DNA- and microtubule-binding agents are used to manage hematologic malignancies in the clinic. However, drug resistance has been a challenge, perhaps due to a few surviving cancer stem cells. Toxicity is another major impediment to successful chemotherapy, leading to an impoverished quality of life. Here, we show that a semisynthetic nontoxic(More)
Mutations in the potassium channel subunit KCNQ1 cause the human severe congenital deafness Jervell and Lange-Nielsen (JLN) syndrome. We applied a gene therapy approach in a mouse model of JLN syndrome (Kcnq1(-/-) mice) to prevent the development of deafness in the adult stage. A modified adeno-associated virus construct carrying a Kcnq1 expression cassette(More)
Mutations in Gjb2 and Gjb6 genes, coding for connexin26 (Cx26) and Cx30 proteins, respectively, are linked to about half of all cases of human autosomal non-syndromic prelingual deafness. Molecular mechanisms of the hearing impairments, however, are unclear. Most cochlear gap junctions (GJs) are co-assembled from Cx26 and Cx30 and deletion of either one of(More)
We studied in silico docking of noscapine onto tubulin, combined with calculations of surface charge, pi-pi, van der Waals, and hydrogen bonding interactions, to rationally design a new compound, EM015. This tubulin-binding semisynthetic compound is a selective and potent anti-breast cancer agent and displays a 20-fold lower IC(50) against many tumor cells(More)
BACKGROUND Gene transfer into the inner ear is a promising approach for treating sensorineural hearing loss. The special electrochemical environment of the scala media raises a formidable challenge for effective gene delivery at the same time as keeping normal cochlear function intact. The present study aimed to define a suitable strategy for preserving(More)