Eugene A. Davidson

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Induction of proinflammatory cytokine responses by glycosylphosphatidylinositols (GPIs) of intraerythrocytic Plasmodium falciparum is believed to contribute to malaria pathogenesis. In this study, we purified the GPIs of P. falciparum to homogeneity and determined their structures by biochemical degradations and mass spectrometry. The parasite GPIs differ(More)
An enzyme that hydrolyzes the O-glycosidic linkage between alpha-N-acetyl-D-galactosamine and serine or threonine in mucins and mucin-type glycoproteins was purified by chromatography on an Affi-Gel 202 column or isoelectric focusing from filtrates of Diplococcus pneumoniae cultures. The final preparations were free of protease and a wide range of other(More)
The distributions of ankyrin, spectrin, band 3, and glycophorin A were examined in Plasmodium falciparum-infected erythrocytes by immunoelectron microscopy to determine whether movement of parasite proteins and membrane vesicles between the parasitophorous vacuole membrane and erythrocyte surface membrane involves internalization of host membrane skeleton(More)
The asexual erythrocytic stage of Plasmodium falciparum was grown in culture in the presence or absence of glycoconjugate polyanions of varying structure, size and substitutions. Heparin, dextran sulfate, fucoidan and pentosan polysulfate had antimalarial IC50 values between one and 11 μg ml−1. Constituent heparin disaccharides were ineffective against the(More)
A lambda gt11 cDNA library prepared from bovine submaxillary gland mRNA was screened with polyclonal anti-apo-bovine submaxillary mucin antibodies with the aim of obtaining the deduced amino acid sequence of the mucin core protein. One of the positive clones had a 1.8 kilobase (kb) cDNA insert and coded for an incomplete protein. A 2.0-kb cDNA clone was(More)
The nature and extent of carbohydrate modification in intraerythrocytic stage Plasmodium falciparum proteins have been controversial. This study describes the characterization of the carbohydrates in intraerythrocytic P. falciparum proteins and provides an overall picture of the nature of carbohydrate modification in the parasite proteins. P. falciparum(More)
Mucus is defined as a viscous secretion of one or more glycoproteins (mucins) secreted by epithelial cells of normal and cancerous tissues. Mucins isolated from the gastrointestinal, respiratory, or urinary tracts exhibit different properties (for example, amino acid composition) fl]. Mucin has been isolated and characterized from the submaxillary gland of(More)
Though highly desirable, neither a single experimental technique nor a computational approach can be sufficient enough to rationalize a protein structure. The incorporation of biophysical constraints, which can be rationalized based on conventional biophysical measurements, might lead to considerable improvement of the simulation procedures. In this regard,(More)