Christopher Theisen

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Diabetic surgical patients are at risk for peri- and post-operative complications, which can be prevented by maintaining tight glycemic control during anesthesia. Control of blood sugar would decrease unwanted chemical reactions, such as protein glycation, minimizing tissue dysfunction. Methylglyoxal (MG) is a major contributor to protein modification and(More)
Using phage display, we identified Na+/H+ exchanger regulatory factor (NHERF)-2 as a novel binding partner for the cadherin-associated protein, beta-catenin. We showed that the second of two PSD-95/Dlg/ZO-1 (PDZ) domains of NHERF interacts with a PDZ-binding motif at the very carboxy terminus of beta-catenin. N-cadherin expression has been shown to induce(More)
N-cadherin is a transmembrane adhesion receptor that contributes to neuronal development and synapse formation through homophilic interactions that provide structural-adhesive support to contacts between cell membranes. In addition, N-cadherin homotypic binding may initiate cell signaling that regulates neuronal physiology. In this study, we investigated(More)
Security testing and reviewing efforts are a necessity for software projects, but are time-consuming and expensive to apply. Identifying vulnerable code supports decision-making during all phases of software development. An approach for identifying vulnerable code is to identify its <i>attack surface</i>, the sum of all paths for untrusted data into and out(More)
Classical cadherins are the transmembrane proteins of the adherens junction and mediate cell-cell adhesion via homotypic interactions in the extracellular space. In addition, they mediate connections to the cytoskeleton by means of their association with catenins. Decreased cadherin-mediated adhesion has been implicated as an important component of(More)
Isoflurane preconditioning is a phenomenon in which cells previously exposed to isoflurane exhibit protection against subsequent noxious stimuli. We hypothesize that isoflurane may cause subtle protein misfolding that persists at a sublethal level, stimulating cytoprotective mechanisms. Human neuroblastoma cells (SH-SY5Y) were exposed to isoflurane followed(More)
Anesthesia-related postoperative cognitive dysfunction (POCD) leads to morbidity in the elderly. Lipid peroxidative byproducts (i.e. acrolein) accumulate in aging and may play a role. Sevoflurane, an inhaled anesthetic, sequesters acrolein and enhances the formation of a serotonin-derived melanoid (SDM). SDM may be a biologically relevant polymeric melanoid(More)
While software systems are being developed and released to consumers more rapidly than ever, security remains an important issue for developers. Shorter development cycles means less time for these critical security testing and review efforts. The attack surface of a system is the sum of all paths for untrusted data into and out of a system. Code that lies(More)
Anesthetic preconditioning occurs when cells previously exposed to inhaled anesthetics are protected against subsequent injury. We hypothesize that inhaled anesthetics may cause slight protein misfolding that involves site-specific dehydration, stimulating cytoprotective mechanisms. Human neuroblastoma cells were exposed to ethanol (as the dehydration(More)