Gordon G. Forstner

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1. A technique is described for the removal of subcellular contaminants from intact rat intestinal brush borders, and for the subsequent separation of a microvillus membrane fraction from a fibrillar residue. 2. Increments in invertase activity, microscopic homogeneity and low nucleic acid content indicate that the microvillus plasma membrane has been(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)
BACKGROUND AND AIMS We tested the hypothesis that the actual or predicted consequences of mutations in the cystic fibrosis transmembrane regulator gene correlate with the pancreatic phenotype and with measures of quantitative exocrine pancreatic function. METHODS We assessed 742 patients with cystic fibrosis for whom genotype and clinical data were(More)
Summary: The specificity of impairment of pancreatic water and HCO3− secretion in cystic fibrosis (CF) and the role of this impairment in diagnosing CF were studied in 62 CF patients and 66 non-CF controls. A quantitative pancreatic stimulation test using a duodenal bromsulphthalein marker perfusion technique was performed on each subject. The hourly(More)
Pulse-chase labelling experiments were performed using the mucin-producing colonic carcinoma cell line LS180. Cells were pulsed with [3H]threonine or [3H]glucosamine and chased in complete media without radiolabel for various lengths of time. From cell and media extracts obtained at each time point, mucin proteins were immunoprecipitated with specific(More)
Treatment of HT-29 cells with phorbol 12-myristate 13-acetate (PMA), an activator of protein kinase C (PKC), induces MUC2 expression. To investigate the role of PKC in regulating mucin genes in intestinal cells, we examined the regulation of MUC1, MUC2, MUC5AC, MUC5B, and MUC6 expression in two human mucin-producing colonic cell lines, T84 and HT29/A1. T84(More)
Pancreatic fluid and electrolyte secretion was assessed in 56 patients with cystic fibrosis (CF) and 56 non-CF control subjects undergoing pancreatic function testing while stimulated with cholecystokinin and secretin. Both CF patients and control subjects exhibited a wide range of pancreatic function. Fluid and trypsin outputs were positively correlated in(More)
Rat intestinal surface-membrane glycoproteins were labelled by intraperitoneal injection of [1-(14)C]glucosamine 4h before the animals were killed. At this time, density-gradient centrifugation of disrupted brush borders indicated that glycoprotein radioactivity was distributed identically with sucrase, a plasma-membrane marker. Labelled brush borders were(More)
BACKGROUND & AIMS Shwachman syndrome is an inherited condition with multisystemic abnormalities, including exocrine pancreatic dysfunction. The aim of this study was to evaluate the occurrence and progression of features in a large cohort of patients. METHODS Clinical records of 25 patients with Shwachman syndrome were reviewed. RESULTS Mean birth(More)