Carla Cugini

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Borrelia burgdorferi is maintained in an infection cycle between mammalian and arthropod hosts. Appropriate gene expression by B. burgdorferi at different stages of this cycle is probably essential for transmission and establishment of infection. The B. burgdorferi beta(3) integrin ligand P66 is expressed by the bacteria in mammals, laboratory culture, and(More)
Generalized resistance to thyroid hormones results from diverse mutations in the T3-binding domain of the c-erbA beta thyroid hormone receptor, and different kindreds have variable phenotypes. However, the T3-binding affinities of these mutant receptors studied in vitro have all been severely reduced compared to wild type. We report here a new kindred, CL,(More)
Borrelia burgdorferi, the causative agent of Lyme disease, activates multiple signalling pathways leading to induction of pro-inflammatory mediators at sites of inflammation. Binding of B. burgdorferi to integrin alpha(3)beta(1) on human chondrocytes activates signalling leading to release of several pro-inflammatory mediators, but the B. burgdorferi(More)
Borrelia burgdorferi, the agent of Lyme disease, expresses several adhesion molecules that are probably required for initial establishment of infection in mammalian hosts, and for colonization of various tissues within the host. The B. burgdorferi outer membrane protein P66 was previously identified as a ligand for beta3-chain integrins by using a variety(More)
Borrelia burgdorferi, the spirochete that causes Lyme disease, has evolved elegant strategies for interacting with its mammalian hosts. Among them are several distinct mechanisms of adhesion to cells and extracellular matrix components. The mammalian receptors for B. burgdorferi that have been most thoroughly studied, and for which candidate bacterial(More)
The role of signal transduction systems was examined in the secretion of GH-releasing hormone (GHRH) and somatostatin (SS) from perifused rat hypothalamic fragments. Forskolin, an adenylate cyclase activator, stimulated the release of GHRH and SS in a concentration-dependent manner (10-100 microM) with greatest stimulation for GHRH at 100 microM (mean +/-(More)
Growth hormone secretion is markedly suppressed early in streptozocin induced diabetes mellitus of the rat. Our studies were designed to delineate early changes in hypothalamic regulation by growth hormone-releasing hormone (GHRH) and somatostatin (SS) with the aim of determining the best time period for hypothalamic secretion studies. Although hypothalamic(More)
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