Eric Wickstrom

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Glucocorticoids (GCs) induce apoptosis in lymphocytes and are effective agents for the treatment of leukemia. The activated glucocorticoid receptor initiates a transcriptional program leading to caspase activation and cell death, but the critical signaling intermediates in GC-induced apoptosis remain largely undefined. We have observed that GC induction of(More)
Oligodeoxynucleotide degradation was studied in four systems in order to assess the importance of degradation in hybridization arrest experiments dependent on oligodeoxynucleotides complementary to mRNA sequences. Oligodeoxynucleotides were not detectably degraded over 2 h at 37 degrees C in rabbit reticulocyte lysate or Dulbecco's modified essential medium(More)
Periprosthetic infections are life-threatening complications that occur in about 6% of medical device insertions. Stringent sterile techniques have reduced the incidence of infections, but many implant patients are at high risk for infection, especially the elderly, diabetic, and immune compromised. Moreover, because of low vascularity at the site of the(More)
Conventional wisdom holds that only one of the two strands in a micro ribonucleic acid (miRNA) precursor duplex is selected as the active miRNA guide strand. The complementary miRNA passenger strand, however, is thought to be inactive. High levels of the oncogenic miRNA (oncomiR) guide strand called miR-17-5p is overexpressed in triple negative breast(More)
DNA methylphosphonates are candidate derivatives for use in antisense DNA therapy. Their efficacy is limited by weak hybridization. One hypothesis to explain this phenomenon holds that one configuration of the chiral methylphosphonate linkage, Rp, permits stronger base pairing than the other configuration, Sp. To test this hypothesis, four specific pairs of(More)
Infection is ubiquitous and a major cause of morbidity and mortality. The most reliable method for localizing infection requires radiolabeling autologous white blood cells ex vivo. A compound that can be injected directly into a patient and can selectively image infectious foci will eliminate the drawbacks. The resolution of infection is associated with(More)
Antisense DNA has shown an ability to target specific oncogene transcripts and inhibit their expression in cells, but the degree to which sustained treatment can suppress total levels of an oncogenic product and alter tumorigenesis in vivo remains to be determined. In this study, NIH-3T3 cells transformed by the activated c-Ha-ras oncogene from T24 human(More)
UNLABELLED The purpose of this study was to assess the feasibility of PET imaging of oncogene VPAC1 receptors overexpressed in human breast cancer cells. METHODS Vasoactive intestinal peptide (VIP) analog (TP3982) was synthesized to harbor a carboxy-terminus lysine (Lys) residue separated from VIP-asparagine (Asn(28)) by 4-aminobutyric acid (Aba) as a(More)
Antisense oligonucleotides have the ability to inhibit individual gene expression in the potential treatment of cancer and viral diseases. However, the mechanism by which many oligonucleotide analogs enter cells to exert the desired effects is unknown. In this study, we have used phospholipid model membranes (liposomes) to examine further the mechanisms by(More)