Deadre J Johnson

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There are increasing concerns regarding the relative safety of chlorpyrifos (CPF) to various facets of the environment. Although published works suggest that CPF is relatively safe in adult animals, recent evidence indicates that juveniles, both animals and humans, may be more sensitive to CPF toxicity than adults. In young animals, CPF is neurotoxic and(More)
In vitro studies have demonstrated that glia can express functional receptors for a variety of neurotransmitters. To determine whether similar neurotransmitter receptors are also expressed by glia in vivo, we examined the glial scar in the transected optic nerve of the albino rabbit by quantitative receptor autoradiography. Receptor binding sites for(More)
We created an animal model to understand better the pathogenesis and underlying mechanism of progressive central pulmonary venous (PV) obstruction, a condition not amenable to current therapy. Twenty piglets underwent banding of their PVs, 18 had a sham operation, and 12 were nonoperated controls. After 1, 3, and 6 weeks hemodynamic data were obtained and(More)
Changes in elastin and collagen synthesis in the pulmonary artery wall, assessed both biochemically and ultrastructurally, were related to the development of progressive pulmonary hypertension induced by the toxin monocrotaline. Male Sprague-Dawley rats (200 to 225 gm) were injected subcutaneously in the hind flank with either monocrotaline (60 mg/kg) or an(More)
The rate of in vitro synthesis of soluble and insoluble elastin by thoracic aorta of 2-day-old chicks has been measured in absolute terms. In the absence of beta-aminopropionitrile (beta APN), the steady state level of soluble elastin was 120 pmol/100 mg of aortic tissue or 3.7 micrograms/whole aorta segment. The rate of synthesis of elastin in vitro was(More)
It is generally accepted that, once laid down in the extracellular matrix, elastin turns over only very slowly if at all. However, much of the evidence for minimal turnover of elastin comes from aortic tissue. In this study we have compared the relative synthesis rates of elastin and collagen with their relative accumulation rates in segments of aorta (AO),(More)
We have previously shown that aortic organ cultures from 1- to 3-day-old chickens initially mimic the high levels of elastin production seen in vivo. However, more prolonged incubation of these tissues results in decreased synthesis of elastin. In the present study, we demonstrate that decreased production of elastin in these aortic organ cultures is(More)
BACKGROUND The ductus arteriosus (DA) is a fetal vessel in which the elastic laminae fail to assemble normally in late gestation. This feature is associated with the development of intimal cushions, structures that partially occlude the DA lumen and assure that the vessel will close completely when it constricts postnatally. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN We studied(More)
This report describes an investigation of the effects of developing hypertension on the synthesis and accumulation of insoluble elastin in the thoracic aorta of young rats. Uninephrectomized male rats were made hypertensive by administration of deoxycorticosterone acetate and addition of 1% NaCl to their drinking water. Divergence of systolic blood(More)
Glucocorticoids have been shown by others to increase the synthesis of elastin both in aortic tissue of embryo chicks and in cells derived from fetal ligamentum nuchae. This report describes the effects of hydrocortisone on the production of elastin in aortic tissue of developing chick embryos and chicks. While the effect of hydrocortisone on elastin(More)