Caroline R Kramer

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The basement membrane complex (BMC) is a critical component of the extracellular matrix (ECM) that supports and facilitates the growth of cells. This study investigates four detergents commonly used in the process of tissue decellularization and their effect upon the BMC. The BMC of porcine urinary bladder was subjected to 3% Triton-X 100, 8mM(More)
Female to male successive hermaphroditism (protogyny) is common in several groups of marine fish. Thalassoma bifasciatum, the bluehead wrasse (Labridae), found in the reefs of the Caribbean normally undergoes sex reversal after receiving behavioral cues. This report deals with the successful use of human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) in inducing gonad(More)
BACKGROUND Acellular dermal matrices (ADMs) have been commonly used in expander-based breast reconstruction to provide inferolateral prosthesis coverage. Although the clinical performance of these biologic scaffold materials varies depending on a number of factors, an in-depth systematic characterization of the host response is yet to be performed. The(More)
Female-to-male sex transformation in the protogynous marine fish Thalassoma bifasciatum is the culmination of a neuroendocrine cascade triggered by social and behavioral cues. We have previously shown that the hypothalamus and pituitary gland, key components of the neuroendocrine axis, play a significant role in gender reversal of this species. However,(More)
3H-Labelled testosterone, injected into the peritoneal cavity of T. duperrey is taken up by the central nervous system and the gonads. In the brain maximal uptake occurs within 1 to 2 h whereas maximal uptake in the gonads takes place within 1/2 to 1 h. Relatively large amount of radioactivity were eliminated into water: the elimination reached 8% of the(More)
The organization of a 'Sertoli-like' cell (SLC) is described in the testis of a barnacle, Balanus eburneus. Underlying a relatively thick basal lamina are 'sheet-like' cytoplasmic extensions that develop from the base of the SLC and almost completely enclose the germ cells. Junctional structures are frequently observed between the SLCs and between an SLC(More)
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