Eleni N Levedakou

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The early events in the G2 checkpoint response to ionizing radiation (IR) were analyzed in diploid normal human fibroblasts (NHFs) and fibroblasts from patients with two heritable cancer syndromes. Exposure to gamma-radiation of asynchronously growing NHFs resulted in a rapid reduction in the number of cells in mitosis (G2 delay) and was accompanied by a(More)
Chromosomal stability was linked to G2 checkpoint function in human fibroblasts expressing the human papillomavirus type 16 E6 oncoprotein. Soon after expression of E6, cells displayed an undamaged, diploid karyotype and normal mitotic delay after gamma-irradiation. As the E6-expressing cells aged through their in vitro life span, G2 checkpoint function(More)
Quality assurance samples submitted from the NCSBI as part of a contract with TBTG to outsource DNA Database samples showed unexpected discrepancies for the locus D16S539 when all other loci yielded identical results. Discrepancies observed included allele drop out and an imbalance in sister alleles with samples returned from TBTG. This led to a(More)
Using polymerase chain reaction (PCR)-based methods, we have isolated cDNA clones of two new members of serine/threonine kinases, STK1 and STK2, from a cDNA library constructed from the BT-20 human breast cancer cell line. STK1 is transcribed as a 1.4 kilobase (kb) mRNA encoding for a protein of 346 amino acids. Based on amino acid sequence analysis, STK1(More)
Matrix Gla protein (MGP), is a vitamin-K-dependent protein which is synthesized in a variety of tissues such as lung, heart, kidney, cartilage and bone. The function of MGP in these tissues is unclear. We have previously reported elevated MGP mRNA levels in a breast-cancer cell line, 600PEI, as compared to normal breast epithelium. Here we describe high MGP(More)
In order to increase the power of discrimination for human identification purposes, a nine-locus short tandem repeat (STR) multiplex, the GenePrint PowerPlex 2.1 system (PowerPlex 2.1) developed by Promega Corporation and a separate pentanucleotide-repeat locus, Penta D, were tested. This megaplex system includes the highly polymorphic loci FGA, TPOX,(More)
We have investigated the hypothesis that attenuation of the G2 checkpoint, which delays entry into mitosis in response to damage to DNA and protects against clastogenesis, may contribute to the genetic instability of immortal human cell lines. IMR-90 normal human fibroblasts displayed stringent G2 checkpoint response to gamma-radiation-induced DNA damage.(More)
We have previously reported that the immediate G2 checkpoint delay of normal human fibroblasts in response to ionizing radiation is correlated with inhibition of p34CDC2/cyclin B kinase activity. Here, we observed increased amounts of the cyclin-dependent protein kinase inhibitor p21CIP1 associated with p34CDC2/cyclin B protein complexes from irradiated(More)
A two-step strategy is described here to rapidly analyze gene-sequence variation or polymorphism. First, DNA sequences flanking the coding region of the gene to be analyzed are determined directly from a cosmid clone, including the gene, using the modified T7 DNA polymerase and sequencing primers based on the cDNA sequence of the gene. Second, the(More)
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