David H Storms

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A clofibrate-induced mouse liver cDNA library was prepared and used to isolate the coding sequence for soluble epoxide hydrolase. A 1668-base pair (bp) clone was isolated and found to contain a 1269-bp open reading frame coding for 423 amino acids. Subsequent RNA polymerase chain reaction resulted in the isolation of 396 bp of additional 5'-sequence.(More)
We investigated whether parthenolide, the principal bioactive component of the herb feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium) induced apoptosis in pre-B acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) lines, including cells carrying the t(4;11)(q21;q23) chromosomal translocation. Parthenolide induced rapid apoptotic cell death distinguished by loss of nuclear DNA, externalization(More)
The announcement by Kasahara and Kato of pyrroloquinoline quinone (PQQ) as a 'new' vitamin has received considerable attention. We have since attempted to reproduce the findings on which their conclusion is based, namely that defects in lysine metabolism occur in PQQ-deprived rodents. However, we find that the activity of alpha-aminoadipic(More)
This work determined whether mineral dissolution due to prolonged testing or storage of bone specimens in normal saline would alter their elastic modulus. In one experiment, small pieces of equine third metacarpal bone were soaked in normal saline supplemented with varying amounts of CaCl2. Changing Ca ion concentrations in the bath were monitored and the(More)
The efficacy of resveratrol as a preventive agent against the growth of t(4;11) acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) was evaluated in NOD.CB17-Prkdcscid/J mice engrafted with the human t(4;11) ALL SEM cell line. SEM cells were injected into the tail vein and engraftment was monitored by flow cytometry. Once engraftment(More)
Leukotoxin is clinically associated with acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). Recently, we found that leukotoxin-diol, the hydrated product of leukotoxin, is more toxic than the parent leukotoxin in vitro (Moghaddam and colleagues, Nature Med. 1997;3:562-566). To test if this difference in the toxicity of leukotoxin and leukotoxin-diol exists in(More)
Glutathione S-transferases (GSTs) and epoxide hydrolases (EHs) protect cells from exogenous insult by detoxifying electrophilic compounds. Little is known about these enzyme systems during postnatal lung development. This study was designed to help establish whether the heightened neonatal susceptibility of the lung to bioactivated cytotoxicants is the(More)
Growth, reproductive performance, and indices of collagen maturation and expression were investigated in Balb/c mice fed chemically defined, amino acid-based diets with or without the addition 6 micro Mpyrroloquinoline quinone (PQQ)/kg diet. The diets were fed to virgin mice for 8 weeks before breeding. At weaning, the pups from successful pregnancies were(More)
When pyrroloquinoline quinone (PQQ) is added to an amino acid-based, but otherwise nutritionally complete basal diet, it improves growth-related variables in young mice. We examined PQQ and mitochondrial function based on observations that PQQ deficiency results in elevated plasma glucose concentrations in young mice, and PQQ addition stimulates(More)
Pyrroloquinoline quinone (PQQ) added to purified diets devoid of PQQ improves indices of perinatal development in rats and mice. Herein, PQQ nutritional status and lysine metabolism are described, prompted by a report that PQQ functions as a vitamin-like enzymatic cofactor important in lysine metabolism (Nature 422 [2003] 832). Alternatively, we propose(More)