Dustin Charles

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The human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) envelope glycoprotein gp120 is a vaccine immunogen that can signal via several cell surface receptors. To investigate whether receptor biology could influence immune responses to gp120, we studied its interaction with human, monocyte-derived dendritic cells (MDDCs) in vitro. Gp120 from the HIV-1 strain JR-FL(More)
The objective of this paper is to review the extent and mechanisms of lipoprotein alterations in pregnancy, present new data relating to placental lipid transport in normal humans and diabetic animals and consider possible effects on fetal growth and development in normal and diabetic pregnancy. The concentration of all lipoprotein fractions increases(More)
Aspartic acid proteases have been implicated in the processing of ET-1(1-39) to ET-1(1-21). To further understand the role of this class of enzymes in ET-1 synthesis, cultured vascular endothelial cells were incubated with pepstatin, and the accumulation of the inhibitor and its effect on the processing of ET-1(1-39) was examined. Pepstatin accumulated in(More)
We studied the fine structure of nasal and middle ear mucosa in 18 patients with chronic otitis media, comparing them with ten age-matched control patients. Electron microscopy revealed no single fundamental defect of cilia in the tissue samples; however, patients with chronic otitis media had a significantly higher incidence of abnormal cilia in the middle(More)
Neutral endopeptidase (NEP, EC, purified from renal brush border, cleaves the Cys7-Phe8 amide bond of rat atrial natriuretic peptide (ANP), to generate the inactive metabolite (ANP cleaved at the Cys7-Phe8 bond; x-ANP). To determine if NEP contributes to the inactivation of circulating ANP, we investigated the degradation of rat ANP (rANP, 1-28)(More)
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