Cindy L Webb

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Mouse teratocarcinoma cells induced to differentiate in vitro undergo a massive (30%) demethylation of DNA. A similar undermethylation is also observed in the mouse extraembryonic membranes, the yolk sac and placenta. In both cases, the decrease in methyl moieties occurs at a large number of CpG sites spread out over the entire genome, as indicated by a(More)
The transcription factor PRDM16 regulates differentiation of brown adipocyte tissue in mice. Recently, however, it has been demonstrated that genetic knockout of Prdm16 in mice leads to a complete cleft of the secondary palate in offspring. To identify genes whose promoters bind PRDM16 in mouse embryonic palate/maxillary mesenchymal cells, we have conducted(More)
Clefts of the lip and palate are thought to be caused by genetic and environmental insults but the role of epigenetic mechanisms underlying this common birth defect are unknown. We analyzed the expression of over 600 microRNAs in the murine medial nasal and maxillary processes isolated on GD10.0-GD11.5 to identify those expressed during development of the(More)
Quinidine syncope and factors associated with it are well known among adult patients treated for cardiac arrhythmias. To define factors that may influence the occurrence of syncope in children taking quinidine, the clinical, anatomic, electrocardiographic, roentgenographic and pharmacologic data were compared in six patients with syncope (Group A) and 22(More)
Cigarette smoke is composed of over 4000 chemicals many of which are strong oxidizing agents and chemical carcinogens. Chronic cigarette smoke exposure (CSE) induces mild alterations in liver histology indicative of toxicity though the molecular pathways underlying these alterations remain to be explored. Utilizing a mouse model of 'active' developmental(More)
Utilizing a mouse model of 'active' developmental cigarette smoke exposure (CSE) [gestational day (GD) 1 through postnatal day (PD) 21] characterized by offspring low birth weight, the impact of developmental CSE on liver proteome profiles of adult offspring at 6 months of age was determined. Liver tissue was collected from Sham- and CSE-offspring for(More)
Clefting of the secondary palate is the most common birth defect in humans. Midline fusion of the bilateral palatal processes is thought to involve apoptosis, epithelial to mesenchymal transition, and cell migration of the medial edge epithelium (MEE), the specialized cells of the palate that mediate fusion of the palatal processes during fetal development.(More)
Exposure to cigarette smoke during development is linked to neurodevelopmental delays and cognitive impairment including impulsivity, attention deficit disorder, and lower IQ. Utilizing a murine experimental model of "active" inhalation exposure to cigarette smoke spanning the entirety of gestation and through human third trimester equivalent hippocampal(More)
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