David M Armistead

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The immunosuppressant drugs FK506 and cyclosporin A inhibit T-cell proliferation via a common mechanism: calcineurin inhibition following binding to their respective binding proteins, the peptidyl prolyl isomerases FKBP-12 and cyclophilin A. In contrast, FK506, but not cyclosporin A, accelerates nerve regeneration. In the present study, we show that the(More)
Protection or regeneration of the dopaminergic (DA) system would be of significant therapeutic value for Parkinson's disease. Immunophilin ligands, such as FK506, can produce neurotrophic effects in vitro and in vivo, but their immunosuppressive effects make them unsuitable for neurological application. This study demonstrates that a novel,(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 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(More)
Neurotrophic activity of neuroimmunophilin ligands (FK506 and its nonimmunosuppressant derivatives) has been assumed to be mediated by the FK506-binding protein-12 (FKBP-12). We recently showed that activity is retained in hippocampal neurons from FKBP-12 knockout mice, indicating that binding to FKBP-12 is not necessary. Here we show that three(More)
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