D Christopher Harris

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The three-dimensional structure of human chorionic gonadotropin shows that each of its two different subunits has a similar topology, with three disulphide bonds forming a cystine knot. This same folding motif is found in some protein growth factors. The heterodimer is stabilized by a segment of the beta-subunit which wraps around the alpha-subunit and is(More)
Apolipoprotein E is a genetic risk factor for Alzheimer's disease, and the apoE protein is associated with beta-amyloid deposits in Alzheimer's disease brain. We examined signaling pathways stimulated by apoE in primary neurons in culture. ApoE and an apoE-derived peptide activated several intracellular kinases, including prominently extracellular(More)
ABCA1 promotes cholesterol efflux from cells and is required for maintaining plasma cholesterol levels. Cholesterol homeostasis is important in the production of beta-amyloid (Abeta), a peptide that is overproduced in Alzheimer's disease (AD). Overexpression of ABCA1 can be achieved by stimulating Liver X Receptors (LXR), and changes in Abeta have been(More)
We describe the construction and performance of a novel, automated, Edman chemistry-based microsequencer. The reagent and solvent delivery system, the reaction cartridge for coupling and cleavage, and the conversion flask are all constructed from chemically inert perfluoroelastomers. The delivery valves are of a new design incorporating the use of(More)
Cystic fibrosis is the commonest autosomal recessive genetic disorder among northern Europeans and their descendants. Recently, investigators have mapped the gene for cystic fibrosis to chromosome 7. We report the results of DNA linkage analysis in a consanguineous family with mild cystic fibrosis. The probes used in this study were pmet D. pmet H, XV-2c,(More)
The deposition of Fe(II) into ferritin using 18O2 as the oxidant was investigated. Only 3-4% of the oxygen atoms in the FeOOH core of ferritin were derived from the oxidant. This was true whether large (1200-1900 Fe/molecule) or small (220-240 Fe/molecule) amounts of iron were added to apoferritin or when iron was added to ferritin already containing 1000(More)