Elizabeth J. Gleason

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Fertilization, the union of sperm and egg to form a new organism, is a critical process that bridges generations. Although the cytological and physiological aspects of fertilization are relatively well understood, little is known about the molecular interactions that occur between gametes. C. elegans has emerged as a powerful system for the identification(More)
Flap endonuclease-1 (FEN1) is a key enzyme involved in base excision repair (BER), a primary pathway utilized by mammalian cells to repair DNA damage. Sensitization to DNA damaging agents is a potential method for the improvement of the therapeutic window of traditional chemotherapeutics. In this paper, we describe the identification and SAR of a series of(More)
C. elegans spermatogenesis employs lysosome-related fibrous body-membranous organelles (FB-MOs) for transport of many cellular components. Previous work showed that spe-10 mutants contain FB-MOs that prematurely disassemble, resulting in defective transport of FB components into developing spermatids. Consequently, spe-10 spermatids are smaller than wild(More)
The Caenorhabditis elegans spe-9 class genes, which show specific or predominant expression in the male germline, are indispensable for fertilization [1, 2]. However, due to the rapid evolution of genes involved in reproduction, we do not currently know if there are spe-9 class genes in mammals that play similar roles during fertilization to those found in(More)
There have been several recent reports of chemopotentiation via inhibition of DNA repair processes. Flap endonuclease 1 (FEN1) is a key enzyme involved in base excision repair (BER), a primary pathway utilized by mammalian cells to repair DNA damage. In this report, we describe the identification and SAR of a series of 2,4-diketobutyric acid FEN1 inhibitors.
The chemoattractant receptor-homologous molecule expressed on T(H)2 cells (CRTH-2), also found on eosinophils and basophils, is a prostaglandin D2 receptor involved in the recruitment of these cell types during an inflammatory response. In this report, we describe the synthesis and optimization of a ramatroban isostere that is a selective and potent(More)
Developmental Genetics of Secretory Vesicle Acidification during C. elegans Spermatogenesis Elizabeth J. Gleason, Paul D. Hartley, Melissa Henderson, Katherine L. HillHarfe, Paul W. Price, Robby M. Weimer**, Tim L. Kroft, Guang-dan Zhu, Suzanne Cordovado* and Steven W. L’Hernault *Department of Biology, Graduate Programs in †±Genetics and Molecular Biology(More)
Basic lipophilic substituents dramatically improved the cellular potency of a previously disclosed series of pyrazole-based arylalkyne cathepsin S inhibitors. The incorporation of substituted benzylamines in the para position of the arylalkyne maintained enzymatic activity (hCatS IC50=80-420 nM) and imparted cellular potency (IC50=0.8-4.0 microM). Further(More)
Secretory vesicles are used during spermatogenesis to deliver proteins to the cell surface. In Caenorhabditis elegans, secretory membranous organelles (MO) fuse with the plasma membrane to transform spermatids into fertilization-competent spermatozoa. We show that, like the acrosomal vesicle of mammalian sperm, MOs undergo acidification during development.(More)
CRTh2 (DP(2)) is a prostaglandin D(2) receptor implicated in the recruitment of eosinophils and basophils within the asthmatic lung. Here we report the discovery of a novel series of 3-indolyl sultam antagonists with low nM affinity for CRTh2. These compounds proved to be selective over the other primary prostaglandin D(2) receptor (DP1) as well as the(More)
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