David E Lowery

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Natural variations of wild Caenorhabditis elegans isolates having either Phe-215 or Val-215 in NPR-1, a putative orphan neuropeptide Y-like G protein-coupled receptor, result in either "social" or "solitary" feeding behaviors (de Bono, M., and Bargmann, C. I. (1998) Cell 94, 679-689). We identified a nematode peptide, GLGPRPLRF-NH2 (AF9), as a ligand(More)
Streptococcus suis is an important swine pathogen and a zoonotic agent. Differences in virulence have been noted among the 33 described serotypes, serotype 2 being considered the most virulent. In this study, we aimed at assessing the serotype distribution and the production of virulence-associated markers by strains recovered from diseased pigs in the(More)
P. multocida is the causative agent of several economically significant veterinary diseases occurring in numerous species worldwide. Signature-tagged mutagenesis (STM) is a powerful genetic technique used to simultaneously screen multiple transposon mutants of a pathogen for their inability to survive in vivo. We have designed an STM system based on a(More)
Actinobacillus pleuropneumoniae is a significant respiratory pathogen of swine causing a severe and often fatal fibrinous hemorrhagic bronchopneumonia with significant economic losses resulting from chronic as well as acute infections. This study describes the application of a signature-tagged mutagenesis (STM) system to identify in vivo critical genes of(More)
This report describes the cloning and functional annotation of a Caenorhabditis elegans orphan G-protein-coupled receptor (GPCR) (C10C6.2) as a receptor for the FMRFamide-related peptides (FaRPs) encoded on the flp15 precursor gene, leading to the receptor designation FLP15-R. A cDNA encoding C10C6.2 was obtained using PCR techniques, confirmed identical to(More)
Eight antisera and one monoclonal antibody to synthetic peptides that corresponded to domains extending over the entire length of the beta-amyloid precursor protein (beta-APP), and an antiserum to the full-length 695-amino acid form of the beta-APP, were raised to probe the composition of the core and corona of senile plaques (SPs). We localized distinct(More)
We have determined the first complete genome sequence and capsid gene sequences of feline calicivirus (FCV) isolates from the UK and Australia. These were compared with other previously published sequences. The viruses used in the comparisons were isolated between 1957 and 1995 from various geographical locations and obtained from cats showing a range of(More)
Described in this report is a successful cloning and characterization of a functionally active Drosophila sulfakinin receptor designated DSK-R1. When expressed in mammalian cells, DSK-R1 was activated by a sulfated, Met(7-->Leu(7)-substituted analog of drosulfakinin-1, FDDY(SO(3)H)GHLRF-NH(2) ([Leu(7)]-DSK-1S). The interaction of [Leu(7)]-DSK-1S with DSK-R1(More)
Two alternatively spliced variants of an orphan Caenorhabditis elegans G-protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs; Y58G8A.4a and Y58G8A.4b) were cloned and functionally expressed in Chinese hamster ovary (CHO) cells. The Y58G8A.4a and Y58G8A.4b proteins (397 and 433 amino acid residues, respectively) differ both in amino acid sequence and length of the C-terminal(More)
Bovine mastitis remains the most economically important disease in dairy cows. Corynebacterium bovis, a lipid-requiring Corynebacterium spp., is frequently isolated from the milk of infected mammary glands of dairy cows and is associated with reduced milk production. A total of 212 coryneform bacteria isolated from the milk of dairy cows were obtained from(More)