David Christner

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Sequence-specific isotope effects on the cleavage of DNA at thymidine residues by activated iron.bleomycin (Fe.BLM) have been observed upon incorporation of [4'-2H]thymidine into the DNA. The effects may be quantitated by end-labeling the DNA with phosphorus-32, generating a sequence ladder by gel electrophoresis, and measuring the relative damage at(More)
Bleomycin is a metal- and oxygen-dependent DNA cleaver. The chemistry of DNA damage has been proposed to involve rate-limiting abstraction of the 4'-hydrogen. A DNA fragment has been prepared that contains [4'-2H]thymidine residues of high isotopic content. Primary kinetic isotope effects have been directly observed at individual thymidine residues with DNA(More)
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive, uniformly fatal, degenerative disorder of the upper motor neurons that does not currently have an effective treatment regimen. Here, we report two patients with ALS who were treated with 4 weeks of acupuncture injection point therapy using Enercel. These patients were administered 0.25-0.5 cc Enercel(More)
The thiol-activated neocarzinostatin chromophore cleaves duplex oligonucleotides containing the sequence-TGTTTGA-, producing 3'-phosphoglycolate and 3'-phosphate fragments at T, indicating the involvement of 4'- as well as 5'-chemistry at this residue. Substitution of deuterium for hydrogen at the C-4' position of the affected T leads to a kinetic isotope(More)
Four isomeric benzo[a]pyrene-deoxyadenosine adducts, corresponding to the products of trans opening of the epoxide ring in the four configurationally isomeric benzo[a]pyrene dihydrodiol epoxides by the amino group of deoxyadenosine, were separately introduced into each of two 16-mer sequence contexts. The sequences were from the supF gene, and the site of(More)
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