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Most homeodomains bind to DNA sequences containing the motif 5'-TAAT-3'. The homeodomain of thyroid transcription factor 1 (TTF-1HD) binds to sequences containing a 5'-CAAG-3' core motif, delineating a new mechanism for differential DNA recognition by homeodomains. We investigated the molecular basis of the DNA binding specificity of TTF-1HD by both(More)
PURPOSE To investigate the relevance of increasing b-values in evaluating liver fibrosis through the agreement of two diffusion-weighted (DW) sequences. MATERIALS AND METHODS A total of 29 cirrhotic patients and 29 healthy volunteers were studied on a 1.5T system. Two single-shot spin-echo echo-planar sequences were acquired using sets of increasing(More)
The purpose of our study was to evaluate the results and complications of laparoscopic cholecystectomy in a case series of 110 infants. Over a 5-year period (1993–98), we performed laparoscopic cholecystectomy in 110 pediatric patients. Surgery was performed at three different institutions by three different surgeons. The patients population was composed of(More)
Amyloidosis associated to hemodialysis is caused by persistently high beta(2)-microglobulin (beta(2)m) serum levels. beta(2)m is an intrinsically amyloidogenic protein whose capacity to assemble into amyloid fibrils in vitro and in vivo is concentration dependent; no beta(2)m genetic variant is known in the human population. We investigated the roles of two(More)
The solution structure of human beta2-microglobulin (beta2-m), the nonpolymorphic component of class I major histocompatibility complex (MHC-I), was determined by (1)H NMR spectroscopy and restrained modeling calculations. Compared to previous structural data obtained from the NMR secondary structure of the isolated protein and the crystal structure of(More)
The cDNA coding for the Fab fragment of the human B12.F8 antibody (Ab), directed against the putative nucleocapsid component (core protein) of hepatitis C virus (HCV), was cloned in the prokaryotic phagemid vector, pHEN-1, to obtain its expression in Escherichia coli. The functionality and specificity of the recombinant Ab, called B12Fab, were examined by(More)
PRIMARY OBJECTIVE To increase the knowledge about diffuse traumatic brain injury (TBI) by reporting the magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) findings observed in a patient with reversible extensive restricted diffusion of the brain at diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) and apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) maps. CASE STUDY An 18-year-old patient was admitted(More)
The solution structure and stability of N-terminally truncated beta2-microglobulin (deltaN6beta2-m), the major modification in ex vivo fibrils, have been investigated by a variety of biophysical techniques. The results show that deltaN6beta2-m has a free energy of stabilization that is reduced by 2.5 kcal/mol compared to the intact protein. Hydrogen(More)
Soluble spin labels, which "bleach" the surface proton resonances of a protein to n.m.r. measurements, can provide useful information about protein conformation and dynamics. The use of the soluble nitroxide, TEMPOL, has been explored to show the correlation of the paramagnetic perturbations of protein two-dimensional n.m.r. data with proton exposure to the(More)