Cynthia K. French

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A method for obtaining high-molecular-weight chromosomal DNA from Bacteroides intermedius and Bacteroides gingivalis is described. This technique is a modification of the guanidine isothiocyanate isolation procedure for RNA and should be useful for isolating intact DNA from organisms with high endogenous nuclease activity.
Cot and chemical analysis show that the haploid genome size of Thermobia domestica is 3–4×109 nucleotide pairs. Of this DNA 33% is single copy sequences and 67% is repetitive sequences. The repetitive sequences are predominantly 300 nucleotides in length and are interspersed among the single copy sequences in a short period interspersion pattern similar to(More)
Serum from an infertile male with high-titer anti-sperm antibodies was used to identify a novel human sperm antigen by screening of a testis expression library. The clone, initially designated Repro-SA-1 (HUGO-approved symbol SPAG6), was found to encode a sequence highly enriched in testis. The deduced amino acid sequence of the full-length cDNA revealed(More)
The purpose of this study was to compare DNA probe analyses to cultural methods for detecting three periodontal pathogens, Actinobacillus actinomycetemcomitans, Bacteroides gingivalis, and Bacteroides intermedius, in human subgingival plaque. Subgingival sites from patients diagnosed as either healthy or showing evidence of gingivitis or juvenile or adult(More)
BACKGROUND Our previously developed assay for detection of the factor V Leiden mutation (G1691A) based on a nucleic acid photo-cross-linking technology used two allele-specific capture probes and six fluorescein-modified signal-generating reporter probes. We wished to improve the sensitivity and performance of the method. METHODS We developed new reporter(More)
Velocity sedimentation studies of RNA of Sarcophaga bullata show that the major rRNA species have sedimentation values of 26S and 18S. Analysis of the rRNA under denaturing conditions indicates that there is a hidden break centrally located in the 26S rRNA species. Saturation hybridization studies using total genomic DNA and rRNA show that 0.08% of the(More)
Recent studies suggest that some anti-DNA Abs in systemic lupus erythematosus may actually be Abs to specific proteins and that binding to dsDNA is a nonspecific cross-reactive event. To identify such proteins that bind to anti-DNA Abs, a cDNA expression library from human placenta was screened with mAb 3E10, a pathogenic anti-dsDNA Ab. MAb 3E10 was shown(More)
A human pancreas-specific protein (PASP), previously characterized as a serum marker for acute pancreatitis and pancreatic graft rejection, has been identified as pancreatic procarboxypeptidase B (PCPB). cDNAs encoding PASP/PCPB were isolated from a human pancreas cDNA library using a combination of nucleic acid hybridization screening and immunoscreening(More)
Recent studies have shown that an atypical gingivitis and a rapidly progressive periodontal disease may be early-occurring opportunistic infections associated with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. This study examined the prevalence of selected periodontal pathogens associated with these HIV-related periodontal lesions. Subgingival plaque(More)