Dennis G. Hall

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A role for myosin phosphorylation in modulating normal cardiac function has long been suspected, and we hypothesized that changing the phosphorylation status of a cardiac myosin light chain might alter cardiac function in the whole animal. To test this directly, transgenic mice were created in which three potentially phosphorylatable serines in the(More)
The preparation of urea by Wöhler constituted a landmark achievement in organic chemistry, and it laid the ground for the early days of target-oriented organic synthesis.1 Since then, significant progress has been achieved in this discipline; many powerful single bond forming reactions and asymmetric variants have been developed. These discoveries have(More)
Expression of Fas ligand (FasL) renders certain tissues immune privileged, but its expression in other tissues can result in severe neutrophil infiltration and tissue destruction. The consequences of enforced FasL expression in striated muscle is particularly controversial. To create a stable reproducible pattern of cardiomyocyte-specific FasL expression,(More)
Retinoids play a critical role in cardiac morphogenesis. To examine the effects of excessive retinoid signaling on myocardial development, transgenic mice that overexpress a constitutively active retinoic acid receptor (RAR) controlled by either the alpha- or beta-myosin heavy chain (MyHC) promoter were generated. Animals carrying the alpha-MyHC-RAR(More)
This study describes a new class of carbohydrate-binding boronic acids. ortho-Hydroxymethyl phenylboronic acid (boronophthalide) was shown to be superior to the well-established dialkylamino ("Wulff-type") analogues, and it is more soluble in aqueous solvents. The most significant finding in this work is the surprising ability of ortho-hydroxyalkyl(More)
Inappropriate activation of JAK/STAT signaling occurs with high frequency in human cancers and is associated with cancer cell survival and proliferation. Therefore, the development of pharmacologic STAT signaling inhibitors has therapeutic potential in the treatment of human cancers. Here, we report(More)
The amalgamation of two of combinatorial chemistry's most attractive concepts--natural product libraries and multicomponent reactions (MCRs)--should provide a powerful tactic for generating libraries of bioactive compounds. Yet, despite many recent advances in this area, only a few MCRs can deliver functionalized products whose structures closely resemble(More)
In this work, we present an investigation into the physical properties of a unique class of aromatic boronic acids, the benzoxaboroles. Using spectrophotometric methods, the ionization constants of a family of substituted benzoxaboroles are determined. Heterocyclic ring modifications are examined to determine their effects on the ionization of the boronic(More)
Human polynucleotide kinase/phosphatase (hPNKP) is a 57.1-kDa enzyme that phosphorylates DNA 5'-termini and dephosphorylates DNA 3'-termini. hPNKP is involved in both single- and double-strand break repair, and cells depleted of hPNKP show a marked sensitivity to ionizing radiation. Therefore, small molecule inhibitors of hPNKP should potentially increase(More)