Gerry R Johnson

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Burkholderia (Pseudomonas) sp. strain JS150 uses multiple pathways for the metabolism of catechols that result from degradation of aromatic compounds. This suggests that the strain also uses multiple upstream pathways for the initial hydroxylation of aromatic substrates. Two distinct DNA fragments that allowed Pseudomonas aeruginosa PAO1c to grow with(More)
The expression of three epidermal growth factor (EGF)-related peptides, transforming growth factor alpha (TGF-alpha), amphiregulin (AR) and cripto-1 (CR-1), was examined by immunocytochemistry (ICC) in 68 primary infiltrating ductal (IDCs) and infiltrating lobular breast carcinomas (ILCs), and in 23 adjacent non-involved human mammary tissue samples. Within(More)
Immune function gene expression in Mya arenaria haemocytes was evaluated following in vivo infection with Vibrio splendidus LGP32-GFP and 7SHRW. Elongation factor 1alpha (EF-1alpha) with 2 (EF-2), after challenge with LGP32-GFP, and EF-1alpha with the ribosomal protein S-18, after challenge with 7SHRW, were found to be the most stable housekeeping genes.(More)
SHP-2 is a ubiquitously expressed non-transmembrane tyrosine phosphatase with two SH2 domains. Multiple reverse-genetic studies have indicated that SHP-2 is a required component for organ and animal development. SHP-2 wild-type and homozygous mutant mouse fibroblast cells in which the N-terminal SH2 domain was target-deleted were used to examine the(More)
It was previously shown by others that Pseudomonas sp. strain JS150 metabolizes benzene and alkyl- and chloro-substituted benzenes by using dioxygenase-initiated pathways coupled with multiple downstream metabolic pathways to accommodate catechol metabolism. By cloning genes encoding benzene-degradative enzymes, we found that strain JS150 also carries genes(More)
We have previously reported on the organization of a unique toluene-3-monooxygenase pathway for the degradation of alkyl-substituted petroleum hydrocarbons including characteristics of the second step in the pathway transforming phenols to catechols. In the present work we have focused on the regulation and unusual genetic organization of this metabolic(More)
Gene expression studies have opened a tremendous field of investigation in biological research over the last decades. Expression of genes is most frequently quantified by real time PCR (RT-qPCR), as this method has proven to be highly sensitive. One of the critical steps, however, in comparing transcription profiles is the availability of selected(More)
In Prince Edward Island, a high mortality of soft-shell clams Mya arenaria was found to be related to the disease known as disseminated neoplasia (DN). However, the molecular mechanisms by which hemocytes of clams are transformed in the course of DN remain by far unknown. This study aims at identifying the transcripts involved in the development of the(More)
The epidermal growth factor (EFG) family of receptors and their respective ligands play a major role in breast cancer progression and are the targets of new therapeutic approaches. Following immortalization with SV40 T antigen of normal human breast epithelial cells, a transformed variant cell line (NS2T2A1) was selected for its increased tumorigenicity in(More)
BACKGROUND In a genome-wide scan (GWS) of 175 multiplex prostate cancer (PCa) families from the University of Michigan Prostate Cancer Genetics Project (PCGP), linkage was observed to markers on chromosome 17q21-24, a region that includes two breast cancer susceptibility genes, BRCA1 and BRIP1. BRIP1 is a Fanconi anaemia gene (FANCJ) that interacts with the(More)