Debra M. Dawson

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PURPOSE Peyronie's disease is a pathological fibrosis characterized by excessive deposition of collagen in the plaque. Although the etiology of Peyronie's disease is unknown, trauma has been hypothesized as the inciting event. In an effort to obtain more insight into the pathogenesis of Peyronie's disease plaque tissue was examined for collagen, elastic(More)
Scanning and transmission electron micrographs demonstrate a calcification process in the penile plaques of patients with Peyronie's disease. Osteoid formation originates from vascular lumina via osteoblast-like cells, which align the calcified plaque. These cells are surrounded gradually by calcified connective tissue. Collagen fibers demonstrate(More)
Cell cultures derived from Peyronie's disease plaque and normal penile tissue were characterized morphologically and examined by immunofluorescence for actin cable formation, and their growth properties were compared. Relative to normal penile cell cultures which grew as contact inhibited, poorly refractile fibroblast-like cells, plaque derived cell(More)
Peyronie's disease is a localized and progressive fibrosis of unknown etiology that affects the tunica albuginea of the penis. We examined cytogenetically cell cultures derived from plaque, adjacent tunica, dermis and lymphocytes in patients with Peyronie's disease, and compared the results to cell cultures established from the tunica albuginea of control(More)
Nectarine fruit (Prunus persica L. Batsch var nectarina [Ait] maxim) cultivar Fantasia were either ripened immediately after harvest at 20 degrees C or stored for 5 weeks at 2 degrees C prior to ripening. Fruit ripened after 5 weeks of storage did not soften to the same extent as normally ripened fruit, they lacked juice, and had a dry, mealy texture.(More)
The ripening-related pepper endo-1,4-β-D-glucanase (EGase) CaCel1 was over-expressed in transgenic tomato plants under the control of the constitutive 35S promoter to investigate the effects on plant growth and fruit softening of high levels of a potential cell wall-degrading activity. In transgenic fruit, recombinant CaCel1 protein was associated with a(More)
An unusual hair dystrophy was studied by means of light and electron microscopy. Hair fibers demonstrated a boomerang deformity containing small and large "bubbles". Electron microscopy revealed a loss of cortical cells and medulla at these sites. Cross-section images showed either a single large cavity or a reticulated, "swiss cheese-like" loss of cells.(More)
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