Diane Biegel

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We have analyzed the plasminogen activator (PA) content of normal rodent mammary glands at different stages of the mammary life cycle and after exposing the animals to various hormones; we have also assessed the PA response of mammary explants to a variety of hormonal environments. Similar studies were performed on a limited number of primary mammary(More)
Growing evidence indicates that cells of the mononuclear phagocyte lineage, which includes peripheral blood monocytes (PBM) and tissue macrophages, participate in a variety of neurodestructive events and may play a pivotal role in neurodegenerative conditions such as Alzheimer disease. The present study sought to determine whether exposure of PBM to(More)
Anandamide amidohydrolase (AAH) catalyzes the hydrolysis of arachidonylethanolamide (anandamide), an endogenous cannabinoid receptor ligand. To delineate the structural requirements of AAH substrates, rat brain microsomal AAH hydrolysis of a series of anandamide congeners was studied using two reverse-phase high-performance liquid chromatography (RP-HPLC)(More)
A simplified protocol for isolating brain microvessel endothelial cells (BMEC) from human cortex and culturing them on a thick collagen plug is described. This method results in the establishment of monolayers of BMEC that retain numerous properties indicative of the blood-brain barrier (BBB) phenotype, such as elevated transendothelial electrical(More)
Brain microvessel endothelial cells (BMEC) exhibit the tendency to migrate through 3.0-vm pore semipermeable inserts and establish monolayers on both apical and basal filter surfaces. This can potentially lead to complications in accurately assessing a wide variety of physiologic parameters uniquely associated with these cells. To avoid this problem, we(More)
These studies demonstrate that in vitro stimulation of spleen cells from murine cytomegalovirus (MCMV) immune mice with MCMV-infected fibroblasts induces production of interferon (IFN)-gamma. This response is specific to MCMV, is not generalized to heterologous viruses, and also is not H-2 restricted. Both early and late CMV antigens induce IFN-gamma. In in(More)
We have developed a novel, “in situ” translation system derived from cultured cells that are subject to mild detergent extraction. By using a low concentration of nonionic detergent to gently permeabilize cells while they remain adherent to a substrate, cytoskeletal frameworks are obtained that are devoid of membraneous barriers yet retain much the same(More)
A rapid and sensitive radioimmunoassay for the quantitation of HCMV binding and infection of human fibroblasts (HFF) was developed. The protocol involves the use of a monoclonal antibody (27-156) reactive with HCMV gB (alpha-gB), followed by an 125I-labeled second antibody to mouse IgG. Antibody to gB bound specifically to HFF inoculated with HCMV when(More)
Mice infected with LP-BM5 murine leukemia viruses (MuLV) develop a syndrome with many features in common with AIDS including lymphadenopathy and profound immunodeficiency associated with enhanced susceptibility to infection and terminal B cell lymphomas. To evaluate cellular defects that may predispose infected mice to these sequelae, we studied the(More)
Association of mRNA with the cytoskeletal framework (CSK) is thought to play a strategic role in the placement of mRNA in the cytoplasm. However, the molecular determinants underlying mRNA/CSK association are completely unknown. To begin addressing this issue, we have employed a binding assay to identify proteins of the CSK compartment of NIH 3T3 cells that(More)