Devin O'Connor

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IGF-I is known to support growth and to prevent apoptosis in neuronal cells. Activation of the nuclear transcription factor cAMP response element-binding protein (CREB) has emerged as a central determinant in neuronal functions. In the present investigation, we examined the IGF-I-mediated phosphorylation and transcriptional activation of CREB in rat(More)
Recent research has revealed unsuspected complexity in social organization among squamate reptiles. In particular, large Australian scincid lizards of the genus Egernia have been reported to occur in large aggregations of closely related individuals. However, the 'nuclear family' structure found in many other 'social' organisms (especially birds) has not(More)
The depletion of superoxide catalyzed by human manganese superoxide dismutase (MnSOD) was observed spectrophotometrically by measuring the absorbance of superoxide at 250-280 nm following pulse radiolysis and by stopped-flow spectrophotometry. Catalysis showed an initial burst of activity lasting approximately 1 ms followed by the rapid emergence of a(More)
Tyrosine 34 is a prominent and conserved residue in the active site of the manganese superoxide dismutases in organisms from bacteria to man. We have prepared the mutant containing the replacement Tyr 34 --> Phe (Y34F) in human manganese superoxide dismutase (hMnSOD) and crystallized it in two different crystal forms, orthorhombic and hexagonal. Crystal(More)
Total joint replacement prostheses are required to withstand corrosive environments and sustain millions of loading and articulation cycles during their term of implantation. Wear debris generation has been implicated as one of the primary causes of periprosthetic osteolysis and subsequent implant loosening in total joint replacements. Particulate debris(More)
Small RNAs are 19-27 nucleotide long RNAs that negatively regulate gene expression and function as important regulators of diverse aspects of plant development. Current models for how they function continue to be modified as new research uncovers additional aspects of their biology. Unexpectedly, several previously characterized small RNAs appear to(More)
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