Gilad Wasserman

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Parathyroid hormone (PTH) and fibroblast growth factor 23 (FGF23) target the kidney to cause a phosphaturia. FGF23 also acts on the parathyroid to decrease PTH expression, but in chronic kidney disease (CKD) there are high-serum PTH and FGF23 levels and resistance of the parathyroid to FGF23. We now report that PTH acts on bone to increase FGF23 expression(More)
Evidence is presented for a functional association of GAR TFase and the trifunctional protein within the protein complex consisting of GAR TFase, AICAR TFase, Ser HMase, and trifunctional protein. Resolution of the trifunctional protein from the remaining enzymes in the complex causes a loss of GAR TFase activity which is regained upon recombination. The(More)
Secondary hyperparathyroidism is characterized by increased serum parathyroid hormone (PTH) level and parathyroid cell proliferation. However, the molecular pathways mediating the increased parathyroid cell proliferation remain undefined. Here, we found that the mTOR pathway was activated in the parathyroid of rats with secondary hyperparathyroidism induced(More)
Secondary hyperparathyroidism commonly complicates CKD and associates with morbidity and mortality. We profiled microRNA (miRNA) in parathyroid glands from experimental hyperparathyroidism models and patients receiving dialysis and studied the function of specific miRNAs. miRNA deep-sequencing showed that human and rodent parathyroids share similar(More)
A recombinant DNA Plasmodium vivax sporozoite vaccine containing the repeating region of the Salvador I strain circumsporozoite (CS) protein was produced in Escherichia coli. This vaccine was tested in 13 naive volunteers at doses of 10-1,000 micrograms. No serious adverse reactions were noted. None of 4 volunteers receiving the 10 micrograms dose developed(More)
The formyl-methenyl-methylenetetrahydrofolate synthetase from chicken liver catalyzes the formation of the 10-formyl- and 5,10-methenyltetrahydrofolate cofactors via three enzymatic activities. In this report we define the kinetic relationships between the activities of this trifunctional protein. An investigation of the time course for 10-formyl cofactor(More)
Derivatives of cytochrome c having S-methyl cysteine and ethionine substituted for methionine residue 80 have been synthesized in order to study the effects of structural perturbations near the heme on the biological function of cytochrome c. The etionine derivative has 96% as much activity as native cytochrome c in the succinate oxidase system, whereas the(More)
Isolation of the mRNAs encoding for the three folate-requiring enzymes involved in de novo purine biosynthesis followed by their in vitro translation resulted in three separate proteins electrophoretically identical with those previously isolated. The three enzymes are glycinamide ribonucleotide transformylase, 5-aminoimidazole-4-carboxamide ribonucleotide(More)