Carolyn Fiskerstrand

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Variable number tandem repeats (VNTR) within non-coding regions of a number of genes have been correlated with susceptibility to various disease states. In particular, a VNTR polymorphism of a 16 or 17 bp element within intron 2 of the human serotonin transporter gene has been correlated with a predisposition to affective disorders. We have demonstrated(More)
[Arginine]vasopressin (AVP) is a neuropeptide physiologically synthesized in the hypothalamus but pathologically expressed by small-cell lung cancer (SCLC). A minimal 65 bp AVP promoter can restrict basal activity to SCLC in vitro, but a 199 bp fragment directs 5-fold higher expression in SCLC [Coulson, Stanley and Woll (1999) Br. J. Cancer 80, 1935-1944].(More)
OBJECTIVE To assess whether substance P and the corresponding neurokinin 1 (NK1) receptor are expressed in human articular cartilage, and whether these molecules have a role in chondrocyte mechanotransduction. METHODS Transgenic studies, immunohistochemistry, Western blotting, and reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction were used to assess the(More)
The antiplatelet drug ticlopidine was assessed as an agent for improving the patency of Brescia-Cimino arteriovenous fistulas as access for hemodialysis. In a double-blind randomized study over 1 month, two of six fistulas in the ticlopidine group and five of nine in the placebo group failed. A further one placebo and two ticlopidine patients still had(More)
The dopamine (DAT) and serotonin (SERT) transporter genes both contain variable number of tandem repeats (VNTR) in non-coding gene regions which have been correlated with a predisposition to a variety of CNS disorders. There is considerable homology between individual DAT and SERT repeat DNA sequences, which is reflected in their ability to compete with(More)
Following the establishment of a chronic varicella-zoster virus infection in the rat, behavioural allodynia and hyperalgesia were observed in the injected, but not the contralateral hind limb up to 33 days post-infection. This model may prove useful in investigating mechanisms involved in the establishment of post-herpetic neuralgia.
Arginine vasopressin (AVP) is often expressed in small cell lung cancer (SCLC), and a 65-bp AVP minimal promoter fragment is sufficient to restrict activity to SCLC in vitro. We now describe a motif with homology to the neuron-restrictive silencer element (NRSE) within this fragment. Electrophoretic mobility shift analysis demonstrated that multiple(More)
We have demonstrated that a variable number tandem repeat domain (VNTR) within intron 2 of the serotonin transporter gene is a transcriptional regulatory domain which is potentially correlated with a predisposition to affective disorders and other behavioural conditions. This correlation based on copy number of the VNTR alone (nine, 10 or 12 copies of 16/17(More)
We have recently developed cell line models that express the endogenous rat preprotachykinin-A (rPPT) gene and support reporter gene expression directed by the rPPT promoter. These are the neuronal derived cell line NF2C and the pancreatic cell lines RINm5F and a derivative RIN-1027-B2. Reporter gene activity in these cell lines is similar to that observed(More)