Emily Faith Davis

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The Ebola virus disease epidemic in West Africa is the largest on record, responsible for over 28,599 cases and more than 11,299 deaths. Genome sequencing in viral outbreaks is desirable to characterize the infectious agent and determine its evolutionary rate. Genome sequencing also allows the identification of signatures of host adaptation, identification(More)
We mapped 75 genes that collectively encode >90% of the proteins found in human ribosomes. Because localization of ribosomal protein genes (rp genes) is complicated by the existence of processed pseudogenes, multiple strategies were devised to identify PCR-detectable sequence-tagged sites (STSs) at introns. In some cases we exploited specific, pre-existing(More)
T-box factors play critical roles in embryonic development and have been implicated in cell cycle regulation and cancer. For example, Tbx2 can suppress senescence through a mechanism involving the repression of the cyclin-dependent kinase inhibitors, p19(ARF) and p21(WAF1/CIP1/SDII), and the Tbx2 gene is deregulated in melanoma, breast and pancreatic(More)
The emergence of drug resistant tumours that are able to escape cell death pose a major problem in the treatment of cancers. Tumours develop resistance to DNA-damaging chemotherapeutic agents by acquiring the ability to repair their DNA. Combination therapies that induce DNA damage and disrupt the DNA damage repair process may therefore prove to be more(More)
c-Ki-ras and N-ras oncogenes have been characterized in aflatoxin B1-induced hepatocellular carcinomas. Detection of different protooncogene and oncogene sequences and estimation of their frequency distribution were accomplished by polymerase chain reaction, cloning, and plaque screening methods. Two c-Ki-ras oncogene sequences were identified in DNA from(More)
Activated c-Ki-ras genes in liver tumors from rats exposed to the potent hepatocarcinogen aflatoxin B1 were analyzed to determine the nature of their activation by characterization of two c-Ki-ras alleles present in tumor-derived NIH 3T3 mouse transformants. Using selective hybridization of synthetic oligonucleotides to transformant DNA, we have determined(More)
The T-box transcription factors TBX2 and TBX3 are overexpressed in several cancers and are able to bypass senescence by repressing ARF and p21(WAF1/CIP1/SDII). Although these studies suggest that they may both contribute to the oncogenic process by repressing common targets, whether they have redundant or distinct roles in cancers where they are both(More)
xthA- Escherichia coli, which are missing a major cellular apurinic/apyrimidinic (AP) endonuclease, are 5- to 10-fold more sensitive than xthA+ bacteria to mutagenesis by N-methyl-N'-nitro-N-nitrosoguanidine (MNNG) under conditions that induce the "adaptive response." The xthA(-)-dependent mutations are also dependent on SOS mutagenic processing and consist(More)
Oligonucleotide-directed mutagenesis of the beta-lactamase gene, bla, on pBR322 was used to change the codon for the active-site serine 70, AGC, to CGC, coding for arginine. Escherichia coli cells carrying the mutant plasmid, pGD104, were sensitive to ampicillin, indicating that the arginine-containing enzyme is inactive. We characterized the reversion of(More)
A series of novel, saccharin-based antagonists have been identified for the interferon signaling pathway. Through in vitro high-throughput screening with the Colorado Center for Drug Discovery (C2D2) Pilot Library, we identified hit compound 1, which was the basis for extensive structure-activity relationship studies. Our efforts produced a lead(More)