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Zellweger syndrome and related disorders represent a group of lethal, genetically heterogeneous diseases. These peroxisome biogenesis disorders (PBDs) are characterized by defective peroxisomal matrix protein import and comprise at least 10 complementation groups. The genes defective in seven of these groups and more than 90% of PBD patients are now known.(More)
The peroxisome biogenesis disorders (PBDs) are a group of genetically heterogeneous diseases lethal in early infancy. Although the clinical features of PBD patients may vary, cells from all PBD patients exhibit a defect in the import of one or more classes of peroxisomal matrix proteins. This cellular phenotype is shared by yeast pex mutants, and human(More)
1. Effects of 3,4-diaminopyridine (DAP) on endplate potentials (e.p.ps) were studied in mouse phrenic nerve-hemidiaphragms. 2. In cut muscle preparations, low concentrations of DAP (2-20 microns) increased the amplitude of e.p.ps and shifted the curve relating Ca2+ concentration to e.p.p. amplitude leftward. 3. High concentration of DAP (40-4000 microns)(More)
The Malaysian Psoriasis Registry, established in 1998, is the first skin disease clinical registry in Malaysia. It aims to provide useful data on various aspects of psoriasis. Following an extensive revision of the registry form in 2007, a total of 509 psoriasis patients from 10 government dermatologic centres were reviewed in a three month pilot study. The(More)
Mutant human B-lymphoblastoid cell lines, 721.174 and 721.180, that have greatly reduced expressions of known class I and class II HLA antigens were produced by two cycles of gamma-ray mutagenesis followed by selection for HLA antigen loss. Residual binding of monoclonal antibodies directed against class II antigens was negligible except for 10% residual(More)
Carcinogenesis is a multistep process, involving the irreversible conversion of a stem cell to a terminal-differentiation-resistant cell ("initiation"), followed by the clonal expansion of this cell ("promotion") and by the acquisition of other genetic alterations leading to malignancy ("progression"). The initiation and progression steps seem to be(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Dementia remains an exclusion criterion in diagnosing multiple system atrophy (MSA). This study aimed to determine the cognitive changes and brain atrophy patterns in the Parkinsonian (MSA-P) and cerebellar (MSA-C) variants of MSA. METHODS Voxel-based morphometry (VBM) of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and neuro-psychological(More)
We examined clinical presentations, neuropsychological findings, and perfusion patterns of (99m)Tc-ethyl cysteinate dimer (ECD) single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) in patients with early stage dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB) (n = 17) and Parkinson's disease (PD) (n = 16), with age-matched healthy controls (n = 10). Seven paired regions of(More)
A culture method to grow two morphologically distinguishable normal human breast epithelial cell types derived from reduction mammoplasty has been developed. Type I cells were characterized by a more variable cell shape, smooth cell colony boundaries, the expression of epithelial membrane antigen (EMA) and keratin 18 and the non-expression of keratin 14 and(More)
Gap junction-mediated intercellular communication has been recognized in cells from different tissues of various organisms and has been implicated in a variety of cellular functions and dysfunctions. Here we describe a new, direct and rapid technique with which to study this cellular phenomenon. It employs scrape-loading to introduce a low molecular weight(More)