Edward J. Flynn

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The global obesity epidemic demands an improved understanding of the developmental and environmental factors regulating fat storage. Adipocytes serve as major sites of fat storage and as regulators of energy balance and inflammation. The optical transparency of developing zebrafish provides new opportunities to investigate mechanisms governing adipocyte(More)
Chronic exposure to excessive ethanol consumption has adverse effects on virtually all organs and tissues in the body, including but not limited to the liver, pancreas, reproductive organs, central nervous system, and the fetus. Exposure to ethanol can also enhance the toxicity of other chemicals. Not all persons exposed to the same amount of ethanol(More)
BACKGROUND & AIMS The nuclear factor κ-light-chain enhancer of activated B cells (NF-κB) transcription factor pathway is activated in response to diverse microbial stimuli to regulate expression of genes involved in immune responses and tissue homeostasis. However, the temporal and spatial activation of NF-κB in response to microbial signals have not been(More)
Neutrophils serve critical roles in inflammatory responses to infection and injury, and mechanisms governing their activity represent attractive targets for controlling inflammation. The commensal microbiota is known to regulate the activity of neutrophils and other leucocytes in the intestine, but the systemic impact of the microbiota on neutrophils(More)
RATIONALE Among the extracellular modulators of Bmp (bone morphogenetic protein) signaling, Bmper (Bmp endothelial cell precursor-derived regulator) both enhances and inhibits Bmp signaling. Recently we found that Bmper modulates Bmp4 activity via a concentration-dependent, endocytic trap-and-sink mechanism. OBJECTIVE To investigate the molecular(More)
The purpose of the present study was to develop a physiologically based pharmacokinetic (PBPK) model in the mouse and to utilize it to evaluate the relative contribution, if any, of gastric alcohol dehydrogenase (ADH) to the bioavailability of ethanol. The PBPK model developed in Swiss Webster male mice accurately simulated blood and brain ethanol(More)
The assessment of the variability of human responses to foreign chemicals is an important step in characterizing the public health risks posed by nontherapeutic hazardous chemicals and the risk of encountering adverse reactions with drugs. Of the many sources of interindividual variability in chemical response identified to date, hereditary factors are some(More)