Gregory F Davis

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After injury or cytokine stimulation, fibroblasts transdifferentiate into myofibroblasts, contractile cells that secrete extracellular matrix for wound healing and tissue remodeling. Here, a genome-wide screen identified TRPC6, a Ca(2+) channel necessary and sufficient for myofibroblast transformation. TRPC6 overexpression fully activated myofibroblast(More)
Defects in the enzymes involved in the pathway of S-adenosylmethionine (AdoMet) metabolism, or inhibition of those enzymes, results in profound immunodeficiency. We have examined MDL 28,842, a novel irreversible inhibitor of S-adenosyl-L-homocysteine hydrolase (AdoHcyase), an enzyme involved in AdoMet metabolism, to determine its effect on the immune system(More)
Abstract The induction of labour of women with an unfavourable cervix who have had a previous Caesarean section, is challenging. Eight women who had a Caesarean section in a previous pregnancy had labour induced with an Atad catheter. Six out of eight women achieved labour, and two out of these six women had a vaginal delivery. An Atad catheter is an option(More)
A series of tetraamines derived from 1,8-diaminooctane was prepared and tested as antitumor agents. The reaction of 1,8-diaminooctane with acrylonitrile gave N,N'-bis(cyanoethyl)-1,8-diaminooctane, which was reduced to tetraamine 20. Alkylation of the terminal nitrogen atoms of the tetra-Boc derivative of this compound by methyl or ethyl halide followed by(More)
This manuscript discusses the current surgical management of glioblastoma. This paper highlights the common pathophysiology attributes of glioblastoma, surgical options for diagnosis/treatment, current thoughts of extent of resection (EOR) of tumor, and post-operative (neo)adjuvant treatment. Glioblastoma is not a disease that can be cured with surgery(More)
Six hundred triphenylethylenes were assayed for antiproliferative activity against MCF-7, LY2, and MDA-MB-231 breast cancer cells using sulforhodamine B dye to measure proliferation. Here we report on just 63 of the compounds, mostly clomiphene analogs, with substitutions on the alpha' or beta ring, at the vinyl position or in the side chain, of which 23(More)
The structural specificities of the natural polyamines putrescine (Put), spermidine (Spd) and spermine (Spm) for cell growth are rather stringent, suggesting that appropriate structural analogues of these polycations could serve as potential antineoplastic agents via polyamine antagonism. Norspermidine (Nspd), a homologue of spermidine, had significant(More)
The objective of the present investigation was to examine the effect of in vivo polyamine depletion by DL-alpha-difluoromethylornithine (DFMO), a specific irreversible inhibitor of ornithine decarboxylase, on cell-mediated tumoricidal activity in normal and tumor-bearing (B16 melanoma) mice. DFMO treatment in vivo for 6 days reduced splenic leukocyte(More)
The objective of the present investigation was to evaluate the effect of DFMO (DL-alpha-difluoromethylornithine HCl H2O) administration on tumoricidal effector cell generation by IFN or IFN inducers in vivo. DFMO administration reduces both splenic leukocyte and peritoneal macrophage polyamine levels. In tumor bearing (B16 melanoma) mice, DFMO(More)
The objective of the present investigation was to compare the effects of three ornithine decarboxylase inhibitors on tumoricidal macrophage and antitumor activities in vivo. alpha-Difluoromethylornithine (DFMO), (2R,5R)-6-heptyne-2,5-diamine, and alpha-(fluoromethyl)dehydroornithine methyl ester (delta MFMOme) were administered continuously in drinking(More)