Brieanna R. Brown

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Uveitis, which occurs in association with systemic immunological diseases, presents a considerable medical challenge because of incomplete understanding of its pathogenesis. The signals that initiate T cells to target the eye, which may be of infectious or noninfectious origin, are poorly understood. Experimental autoimmune uveoretinitis (EAU) develops in(More)
The structural basis for direct mutagenicity of acridines was studied by testing 50 different analogs in the Ames Salmonella tester strains without the addition of mammalian activating enzymes. These experiments showed that the single most effective substituent for frameshift mutagenesis in strain TA1537 is an amino group at the "9" position, while an amino(More)
Ethidium azide analogs (3-amino-8-azido-ethidium monoazide and ethidium diazide) have been developed as photosensitive probes in order to analyze directly the reversible in vivo interactions of ethidium bromide. Our preliminary observations [11], relating the mutagenic potential of the monoazide analog of ethidium, have been extended and refined, using the(More)
Several 2-azidofluorenes have been synthesized for use as photoaffinity labels inside bacteria. In the dark they were not mutagenic for any Salmonella typhimurium tested. When photolyzed inside the bacteria, all were mutagenic for strain TA1538 to varying degrees, and were considerably less mutagenic in the corresponding repair positive TA1978. None were(More)
Fanconi anemia hematopoietic stem cells display poor self-renewal capacity when subjected to a variety of cellular stress. This phenotype raises the question of whether the Fanconi anemia proteins are stabilized or recruited as part of a stress response and protect against stem cell loss. Here we provide evidence that FANCL, the E3 ubiquitin ligase of the(More)
The biochemical mechanism by which mutations in nucleotide-binding oligomerization domain containing 2 (NOD2) cause Blau syndrome is unknown. Several studies have examined the effect of mutations associated with Blau syndrome in vitro, but none has looked at the implication of the mutations in vivo. To test the hypothesis that mutated NOD2 causes(More)