Eric C. Swanson

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Epigenetic changes to chromatin are thought to be essential to cell senescence, which is key to tumorigenesis and aging. Although many studies focus on heterochromatin gain, this work demonstrates large-scale unraveling of peri/centromeric satellites, which occurs in all models of human and mouse senescence examined. This was not seen in cancer cells,(More)
Examination of mutant and knockout phenotypes with altered phosphate/pyrophosphate distribution has demonstrated that cementum, the mineralized tissue that sheathes the tooth root, is very sensitive to local levels of phosphate and pyrophosphate. The aim of this study was to examine the potential regulation of cementoblast cell behavior by inorganic(More)
A 5.2-kilobase pair transposon, Tn551, has been found in Staphylococcus aureus, a Gram-positive bacterium. Initially detected on plasmid pI258, it undergoes rec-independent transposition to multiple chromosomal and plasmid sites, sometimes causing insertional inactivation. Unlike most other transposons, Tn551 undergoes apparently precise excision as a rule.(More)
Significant progress has been seen in research aimed at regeneration of the disease-damaged periodontium. Our own strategy has been to approach periodontal tissue development (i.e. root, cementum, periodontal ligament, and bone) as a source for the identification of key regulators of cellular processes that may be applicable to periodontal tissue repair.(More)
The properties of the first translocatable element in Gram-positive bacteria, a 5.2 kb segment encoding erythromycin resistance in S. aureus, are described. This element translocates from plasmid to multiple chromosomal sites and from chromosome to multiple plasmid sites, sometimes causing insertional inactivation and deletion. The genetic control of(More)
Cell senescence, the permanent withdrawal of a cell from the cell cycle, is characterized by dramatic, cytological scale changes to DNA condensation throughout the genome. While prior emphasis has been placed on increases in heterochromatin, such as the formation of compact Senescent Associated Heterochromatin Foci (SAHF) structures, our recent findings(More)
We have developed three human cloned cell lines that produce immunoreactive human calcitonin (ihCT) and ACTH (iACTH) as well as exhibit characteristics of cultured neural cells. Clones HMS-41/I, -78/2, and -98/2 were developed from cell lines HeLa AV3, MBA 9812 (bronchogenic carcinoma), and SW 267 (pheochromocytoma), respectively. Karyological analysis of(More)