George Kent

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We report here on the cloning of a human intronless gene encoding a member of the G-protein linked somatostatin (SST) receptor subfamily, termed SSTR3. Based on the deduced amino acid sequence, this gene encodes a 418 amino acid protein displaying sequence similarity, particularly within putative transmembrane domains, with the recently cloned human SSTR1(More)
Worldwide promotion of infant formula and other commercial baby foods is leading to increased use of these products, raising concerns about their impact on the health of infants. These products are made and marketed through a global system that extends beyond the control of separate nations. As the industry is increasingly globalized, there is a growing(More)
BACKGROUND Fatty acids in breast-milk such as docosahexaenoic acid and arachidonic acid, commonly known as DHA and ARA, contribute to the healthy development of children in various ways. However, the manufactured versions that are added to infant formula might not have the same health benefits as those in breast-milk. There is evidence that the manufactured(More)
Somatostatin (SS) and neuropeptide Y (NPY) are coproduced in a subpopulation of neurons that are selectively resistant to NMDA neurotoxicity. We have previously reported that quinolinic acid (QUIN), an NMDA receptor agonist, augments SS mRNA in cultured fetal rat cortical neurons. This study examines coregulation of SS and NPY by QUIN and NMDA in cultured(More)
OBJECTIVE To assess the cost of infant formula, explore mothers' perceptions of formula cost, and assess whether cost influences the decision to breastfeed. METHODS A mixed-methodological descriptive study with survey (phase 1) and interviews (phase 2) was completed in Rhode Island Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children(More)
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