David Armistead

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North central China has some of the highest rates of esophageal squamous cell carcinoma in the world with cumulative mortality surpassing 20%. Mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) accumulates more mutations than nuclear DNA and because of its high abundance has been proposed as a early detection device for subjects with cancer at various sites. We wished to examine(More)
Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is characterized by a massive proinflammatory phenotype in the lung arising from profound expression of inflammatory genes, including interleukin-8 (IL-8). We have previously reported that IL-8 mRNA is stabilized in CF lung epithelial cells, resulting in concomitant hyperexpression of IL-8 protein. However, the mechanistic link between(More)
BACKGROUND Progression of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) can be facilitated by soluble molecules secreted by visceral adipose tissue (VAT). MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are likely to regulate some of these molecular pathways involved in pathogenesis of NAFLD. AIM To profile miRNA expression in the visceral adipose tissue of patients with NAFLD. METHODS(More)
OBJECTIVE Increasing evidence suggests that miRNAs have a profound impact on host defense to Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection and clinical outcome of standard HCV therapy. In this study, we investigated modulation of miRNA expression in Huh7.5 hepatoma cells by HCV infection and in vitro interferon-αtreatment. METHODS MiRNA expression profiling was(More)
BACKGROUND Through site-directed mutagenesis we have created a favorable fibroblast growth factor-1 (FGF-1) mutant (S130K) and linked it to a heparin-binding growth-associated molecule (HBGAM) to form the chimera S130K-HBGAM creating a heparin-independent, endothelial cell (EC)-specific mitogen. METHODS The proliferative responses of primary canine(More)
A novel Quantitative Nucleic Acid Test (Q-NAT) technology has been developed to demonstrate, quantify and verify pathogen inactivation by methods that break pathogen nucleic acids, specifically, gamma irradiation. The Q-NAT technology provides significant advantages in cost, efficiency and broad applicability compared with traditional methods for pathogen(More)
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