Christopher Holmes

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The expression of decay accelerating factor (DAF) was investigated in human fetal and extra-fetal tissues using a panel of mAb directed against different epitopes on the DAF molecule. By immunostaining, extensive reactivity was observed on the placental trophoblast epithelium and this was confined exclusively to sites of direct contact with maternal blood(More)
Current theories regarding the mechanisms of degeneration of dopaminergic nigrostriatal neurons in Parkinson's disease suggest a pivotal role for excitotoxicity. In this study, the effects of chronic exposure of rat ventral mesencephalic slice cultures to the excititoxin N-methyl-D-aspartate, were investigated. Chronic (18 day) exposure to(More)
The expression of HLA class I Ag by term human amnion epithelial cells was investigated. In immunostaining and FACS analysis, mAb to monomorphic class I Ag reacted extensively with amnion cells, whereas polymorphic mAb reactivity was more limited and variable. Further studies were conducted on amnion cell preparations containing negligible contaminants.(More)
Acetylcholinesterase (AChE) is secreted from various brain regions such as the substantia nigra, where levels of this molecule are disproportionately higher than those of choline acetyltransferase. It is thus possible that AChE may have alternative, non-cholinergic functions, one of which could be in development. Indeed, several recent studies have already(More)
The prostate is a glandular male accessory sex organ vital for normal fertility. It provides the prostatic component of seminal plasma which nourishes and protects sperm following ejaculation. Prostasomes are small (40-500 nm) membrane-bound vesicles produced by epithelial cells lining the prostate acini and are a component of prostatic secretions. Although(More)
The complement (C) regulatory proteins decay-accelerating factor (DAF, CD55) and membrane cofactor protein (MCP, CD46), which control C3 convertases, together with CD59, an inhibitor of the membrane attack complex (MAC), were found to be present in the developing human placenta from at least 6 weeks of gestation until term. Immunostaining revealed(More)
The CD47 glycoprotein was isolated from human erythrocytes by immunoprecipitation using monoclonal antibody (mAb) BRIC-125. Enzymic deglycosylation of the protein showed it contained N-linked oligosaccharides, and trypsin proteolysis of the protein in situ in the erythrocyte membrane cleaved it into two portions, one of which was glycosylated. Both the(More)
We present a new method for classification using a Bayesian version of the Multivariate Adaptive Regression Spline (MARS) model of J.H. Friedman (Annals of Statistics, 19, 1–141, 1991). Special attention is paid to the use of Markov chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) simulation to gain inference under the model. In particular we discuss three important developments(More)