Francesca Chow

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Tau protein is an integral component of paired helical filaments, a pathological feature of Alzheimer's disease. tau extracted from these filaments displays decreased electrophoretic mobility due to aberrant phosphorylation. Here we show that recombinant human tau can be phosphorylated by cAMP-dependent protein kinase resulting in decreased electrophoretic(More)
With the aid of methods of polymerase chain reaction/sequence specific primers (PCR/SSP) and polymerase chain reaction-restriction fragment length polymorphism (PCR/RFLP), the allelic polymorphism of HLA-DR and TNFB loci and susceptibility to systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) in northern Chinese Han nationality were studied. The genetic analysis of 51(More)
1. Female rats were injected with ethinyloestradiol, norethisterone or both compounds for 30 days. Prostacyclin-like activity was measured in the thoracic aorta and inferior vena cava. 2. In the thoracic aorta of rats injected with ethinyloestradiol and ethinyloestradiol/norethisterone, prostacyclin-like activity was significantly increased. Norethisterone(More)
Extracts of fresh tissue from the feto-placental unit and myometrium were tested for their ability to inhibit ADP-induced platelet aggregation and to degrade ADP. Placental extracts caused rapid reversal of aggregation and degraded ADP, both effects being mimicked by HPAP. However, whereas the latter was inhibited by L-phenylalanine but not by heating to 65(More)
The anaemia induced by 3'-azido-3'dideoxythymidine (AZT) is poorly understood. We have used a murine model of AIDS, infection of female C57BL/6 mice with LP-BM5 murine leukaemia (MuLV) virus, to determine if AZT-induced anaemia is due, in part, to decreased responsiveness of erythropoietic precursors (BFU-e) to erythropoietin (EPO). Mice in the early stage(More)
Thrombocytopenia is an important clinical problem for many acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) patients. Recently, the utility of recombinant cytokines in alleviating the hematopoietic complications of AIDS and AIDS therapy has been evaluated. The newly cloned cytokine stem cell factor (SCF) has been demonstrated to be a potent regulator of(More)
Azidothymidine (AZT) induces severe anemia in patients with acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS). To evaluate the mechanism of anemia in immune-suppressed animals, a murine model of AIDS (MAIDS), caused by infection with LP-BM5 murine leukemia virus (LP-BM5 MuLV) was used at early and late stages of the disease. AZT-induced anemia was dose- and(More)
Recent attempts to reduce 3' azido-3' deoxythymidine (AZT)-induced anemia in AIDS patients have focused both on AZT dose reduction and on the use of recombinant cytokines. The newly cloned cytokine stem cell factor (SCF) is a potent regulator of hematopoietic progenitor cell proliferation. Therefore, we attempted to ameliorate AZT-induced anemia using stem(More)
We have recently demonstrated that azidothymidine (AZT) elevates the levels of circulating platelets in mice made immune deficient by infection with LP-BM5 murine leukemia virus (MAIDS mice). In an attempt to elucidate the mechanisms of the AZT platelet elevating effect, we examined the number of splenic and bone marrow megakaryocyte colony-forming cells(More)