Geraldine Kent

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The lack of an appropriate animal model with multiorgan pathology characteristic of the human form of cystic fibrosis has hampered our understanding of the pathobiology of the disease. We evaluated multiple organs of congenic C57BL/6J cystic fibrosis transmembrane regulator (Cftr)(-/-) and Cftr(+/+) mice maintained from weaning on a liquid diet then(More)
The leading cause of mortality and morbidity in humans with cystic fibrosis is lung disease. Advances in our understanding of the pathogenesis of the lung disease of cystic fibrosis, as well as development of innovative therapeutic interventions, have been compromised by the lack of a natural animal model. The utility of the CFTR-knockout mouse in studying(More)
Mouse models for cystic fibrosis (CF) with no CFTR function(Cftr-/-) have the disadvantage that most animals die of intestinal obstruction shortly after weaning. The objective of this research was to extend the lifespan of CF mice and characterize their phenotype. Weanlings were placed on a nutrient liquid diet, and histologic and functional aspects of(More)
Liver biopsies obtained from 24 patients with alcoholic liver disease were studied by light and electron microscopy. Comparisons of the same cells in adjacent sections revealed that alcoholic hyalin is a fibrillar deposit without limiting membranes and is readily distinguished from giant mitochondria. This characteristic fibrillar structure was encountered(More)
The rodent SSTR2 mRNA has been reported to be alternatively spliced to generate long (SSTR2A) and short (SSTR2B) receptor isoforms which differ in sequence at their C-terminal regulatory domains. By extending the 3' nucleotide sequence of the human gene (hSSTR2) we show highly conserved intron/exon boundaries suggesting that hSSTR2 is also capable of(More)
BACKGROUND & AIMS Mice deficient of the cystic fibrosis (CF) transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) exhibit severe intestinal lesions, particularly mucous overproduction/secretion and accumulation, which is similar to meconium ileus in CF patients. Moreover, severity of the intestinal disease in CF mice is strongly influenced by genetic modifiers, and(More)
The effect of hypothermia (29 C) on the pharmacokinetics of ethanol was studied in eight piglets serving as their own normothermic controls. Ten milliliters of 12% ethanol per kilogram were infused over 30 minutes, and serum ethanol concentrations were measured for seven hours. Ethanol concentration data were fitted to one-compartment open model assuming(More)