Cynthia F. Wright

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BACKGROUND Malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) is recalcitrant to treatment and new approaches to therapy are needed. Reduced expression of miR-15/16 in a range of cancer types has suggested a tumour suppressor function for these microRNAs, and re-expression has been shown to inhibit tumour cell proliferation. The miR-15/16 status in MPM is largely(More)
The Strait of Georgia (British Columbia, Canada) is a hydrologically complex inland sea with a rich abundance and diversity of species of aquatic life. Marine sediments, as both a sink for hydrophobic contaminants and a potential source for aquatic food webs, were collected from 41 sites throughout the 6,900-km(2) Strait of Georgia. The congener-specific(More)
The viral proteins A1L, A2L, G8R, and H5R positively modulate vaccinia virus late gene expression. Host-encoded proteins hnRNP A2 and RBM3 may also interact with these viral factors to influence late gene expression. In these studies, a yeast two-hybrid screen and in vitro pulldown and crosslinking experiments were used to investigate protein--protein(More)
A series of BAL31 deletions were constructed in vitro in the upstream region of the Saccharomyces cerevisiae CYC7 gene, encoding the iso-2-cytochrome c protein. These deletions identified two sites which play a role in governing the expression of this gene. A positive site, the deletion of which led to decreased CYC7 expression, lay ca. 240 base pairs 5' to(More)
The plasmid YCpCYC7(2) was constructed containing the Saccharomyces cerevisiae CYC7 gene, encoding the iso-2-cytochrome c protein, replicative sequences and selective markers from both E. coli and yeast, and the centromere of yeast chromosome III. The expression of the plasmid-CYC7 gene in yeast was similar to the low level expression characteristic of the(More)
The transcription of the CYC7 gene of Saccharomyces cerevisiae, encoding the iso-2-cytochrome c protein, is controlled by two upstream regulatory elements, a positive element and a negative element. The nature of the DNA sequences in the negative element were investigated in a two-part approach. The first involved the construction of a CYC7-galK fusion gene(More)
Vaccinia virus gene expression is temporally regulated, and three gene classes have been identified: early, intermediate, and late. Several virus-encoded proteins and an activity designated VLTF-X are required for maximum transcription in vitro of a template containing a late promoter. VLTF-X is present in both cytoplasmic and nuclear extracts prepared from(More)
We have presented the results of our studies of the expression of the CYC genes from plasmids. All our data indicate that the levels of expression and the regulation of expression are very similar for the plasmid-borne genes and the chromosomal genes when care is taken to construct the appropriate plasmids. The usefulness of these plasmids has been(More)
Malignant rhabdoid tumor (MRT) is a rare, enigmatic childhood cancer characterized by extreme aggressiveness and resistance to chemotherapy. To understand better the origin of the tumor and the mechanisms by which it develops and resists treatment, five cell lines were established from patients presenting with MRT (two renal and three extrarenal tumors).(More)
Purpose: We evaluated the in vitro sensitivity of four malignant rhabdoid tumor (MRT) cell lines to six chemotherapeutic agents: 5-fluororuacil, vincristine, carboplatin, doxorubicin, etoposide, and paclitaxel. We also sought to determine whether a defect in the p53 signaling pathway may contribute to the pronounced drug resistance of MRT. Methods: MRT(More)