Christine A. Morton

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A computational approach is presented for modeling and quantifying the structure and dynamics of the nematode C. elegans observed by time-lapse microscopy. Worm shape and conformations are expressed in a decoupled manner. Complex worm movements are expressed in terms of three primitive patterns--peristaltic progression, deformation, and translation. The(More)
Therapeutic use of activated platelet-rich plasma (PRP) has been explored for wound healing, hemostasis and antimicrobial wound applications. Pulse electric field (PEF) stimulation may provide more consistent platelet activation and avoid complications associated with the addition of bovine thrombin, the current state of the art ex vivo activator of(More)
Eukaryotic genomes contain either one or two genes encoding homologs of the highly conserved histone chaperone Asf1, however, little is known of their in vivo roles in animal development. UNC-85 is one of the two Caenorhabditis elegans Asf1 homologs and functions in post-embryonic replication in neuroblasts. Although UNC-85 is broadly expressed in(More)
BACKGROUND Autologous platelet gel therapy using platelet-rich plasma has emerged as a promising alternative for chronic wound healing, hemostasis, and wound infection control. A critical step for this therapeutic approach is platelet activation, typically performed using bovine thrombin (BT) and calcium chloride. However, exposure of humans to BT can(More)
The luminal surface of rat lung microvascular endothelial cells in situ is sensitive to changing hemodynamic parameters. Acute mechanosignaling events initiated in response to flow changes in perfused lung microvessels are localized within specialized invaginated microdomains called caveolae. Here we report that chronic exposure to shear stress alters(More)
Purpose To measure the levels of gadolinium present in the rat brain 1 and 20 weeks after dosing with contrast agent and to determine if there are any histopathologic sequelae. Materials and Methods The study was approved by the GE Global Research Center Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee. Absolute gadolinium levels were quantified in the blood and(More)
The objectives were to determine whether the permeability-decreasing activity of platelet-conditioned medium (PCM) is associated with a lipid bound to albumin and whether lysophosphatidic acid (LPA) is present in the PCM. A decrease in permeability was assessed by an increase in electrical resistance across endothelial cell monolayers derived from bovine(More)
OBJECTIVE To develop methods for trend analysis of vital statistics maternal mortality data, taking into account changes in pregnancy question formats over time and between states, and to provide an overview of U.S. maternal mortality trends from 2000 to 2014. METHODS This observational study analyzed vital statistics maternal mortality data from all U.S.(More)
Alpha-Thrombin increases endothelial protein permeability in vitro and induces weight gain in the isolated perfused lung. The objectives of this study were to determine whether thrombin increases endothelial permeability of the isolated perfused rat lung and whether a change in permeability or hemodynamics mediates the gain in lung weight. Endothelial(More)
UNLABELLED Glutathione is the predominant endogenous cellular antioxidant, playing a critical role in the cellular defensive response to oxidative stress by neutralizing free radicals and reactive oxygen species. With cysteine as the rate-limiting substrate in glutathione biosynthesis, the cystine/glutamate transporter (system xc(-)) represents a(More)