Hafiz M. Atassi

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Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) is a protein factor which has been found to play a significant role in both normal and pathological states. Its role as an angiogenic factor is well-established. More recently, VEGF has been shown to protect neurons from cell death both in vivo and in vitro. While VEGF's potential as a protective factor has been(More)
The multidrug transporter P-glycoproteins are encoded by three multidrug-resistance (mdr) genes in rodents, designated mdr1a (mdr3), mdr1b (mdr1), and mdr2. Only the first two genes are functionally related to multidrug resistance. Activation of rodent mdr genes during liver regeneration and hepatocarcinogenesis has been reported. In mice, mdr1a is(More)
The five synthetic antigenic sites of sperm whale myoglobin were used in their free form (i.e. not coupled to any carrier) to immunize separate groups of BALB/cByJ mice. The synthetic peptides corresponded to: site 1, residues 15-22; site 2, residues 56-62; site 3, residues 94-99; site 4, residues 113-119; site 5, residues 145-151. Serum samples obtained(More)
Recent studies from this laboratory reported the mapping of the full profile of T-cell allorecognition regions of HLA-DR2 beta subunit. The results indicated the presence of an allodeterminant within DR2 beta regions 141-156. In another study, we have shown that this allodeterminant is one of five regions of structural homology between the DR2 beta molecule(More)
A comprehensive synthetic approach, for the localization of the full profile of the continuous antigenic sites on proteins, previously introduced by this laboratory, was applied here to localize the continuous antigenic sites of ragweed allergen, Ra3. The following 10 consecutive peptides, each comprising 15 residues (except for peptide 91-101) and(More)
A comprehensive synthetic approach, previously developed in this laboratory, has been applied to screen the entire first domain (residues 1-95) of the HLA-DR2 beta chain for the full profile of continuous regions that are recognized by human allo-antisera and anti-DR or anti-beta chain antisera raised in other species. Nine consecutive peptides, that were(More)
In the preceding report, we described the systematic localization of the full profile of the continuous antigenic sites on ragweed allergen, Ra3, with antibodies from three different host species using a comprehensive strategy, previously introduced by this laboratory. The strategy consists of studying the immunochemical activity of a series of consecutive(More)
The infectivity of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is related to the structure of its envelope protein, gp160, which is responsible for viral entry. We considered the possibility that a structural homology between gp160 and major histocompatibility complex (MHC) molecules might be associated with the extraordinary affinity that gp120 has for its(More)
Two synthetic peptides corresponding to surface regions of sperm whale myoglobin that are not antigenic in the native molecule were used in their free form (i.e. not coupled to a carrier) to immunize separate groups of Balb/cByJ mice. The synthetic peptides corresponded to regions 1-6 and 121-127. Serum samples obtained from each group of mice contained(More)
The intent of this paper is to investigate the eeectiveness of direct numerical computation in capturing acoustic elds. It has been the trend, to use high-order schemes whenever there is interest in resolving the acoustic eld, even though there has never been a complete study of the accuracy of low-order schemes. We revisit a long standing benchmark problem(More)