Christopher McDonald

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The phage shock protein (Psp) systems found in bacteria, archaea and higher plants respond to extracytoplasmic stresses that damage the cytoplasmic membrane and enable cells to repair their membranes. The conserved membrane-associated effector protein PspA has four α-helical domains (HD1-HD4) and helps to repair the membrane as a high-order oligomer. In(More)
The phage shock protein (Psp) response maintains integrity of the inner membrane (IM) in response to extracytoplasmic stress conditions and is widely distributed amongst enterobacteria. Its central component PspA, a member of the IM30 peripheral membrane protein family, acts as a major effector of the system through its direct association with the IM. Under(More)
Plerixafor, given on day 4 of G-CSF treatment is more effective than G-CSF alone in mobilizing hematopoietic progenitor cells. We tested a strategy of preemptive plerixafor use following assessment of the peak mobilization response to 5 days of G-CSF. Patients were eligible for plerixafor if, on day 5 of G-CSF, there were <7 circulating CD34+ cells/μL or if(More)
Auditory awakening thresholds ( AATs ) were assessed in sleeping men and women at three age levels (18 to 25, 40 to 48, and 52 to 71 years) with a procedure that employed a 5-sec tone in accordance with the up-and-down method. Although age was less influential than individual differences in predicting AAT levels, there was a significant and substantial AAT(More)
The prognosis for patients with metastatic breast cancer remains poor. Metastatic breast cancer confined to the bones may have a better prognosis, especially hormone receptor-positive disease. We performed a prospective, randomized clinical trial to compare immediate consolidation with high-dose chemotherapy and hematopoietic support versus observation with(More)
We closely followed the pulmonary function of 150 consecutive high-risk breast cancer patients who underwent standard induction CAF (cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin, 5-fluorouracil) chemotherapy, followed by randomization to either standard-dose CPB (cyclophosphamide, cisplatin, bischloroethylnitrosourea [BCNU]) chemotherapy (SDC) or to high-dose CPB(More)
PURPOSE To evaluate the efficacy of inhaled fluticasone propionate (Flovent) as prophylaxis against delayed pulmonary toxicity syndrome (DPTS) and decline in pulmonary function in breast cancer patients undergoing high-dose chemotherapy with the conditioning regimen of cyclophosphamide, cisplatin, and carmustine (CPB) followed by autologous stem cell(More)
Relationships of autonomic variables and sleep were assessed in men and women at two age levels (18 to 23 and 57 to 71 years) to check for alleged associations between physiological arousal and age-related sleep disturbance. Heart rate, although relatively high at the upper age level, was unrelated to sleep measures. For the most part, underarousal rather(More)
Here we describe approaches and methods to assaying in vitro the major variant bacterial sigma factor, Sigma 54 (σ(54)), in a purified system. We include the complete transcription system, binding interactions between σ54 and its activators, as well as the self-assembly and the critical ATPase activity of the cognate activators which serve to remodel the(More)
UNLABELLED Phage shock protein A (PspA), which is responsible for maintaining inner membrane integrity under stress in enterobacteria, and vesicle-inducting protein in plastids 1 (Vipp1), which functions for membrane maintenance and thylakoid biogenesis in cyanobacteria and plants, are similar peripheral membrane-binding proteins. Their homologous(More)