Helen L. W. Chan

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1. Full length clones of the human 5-HT2B receptor were isolated from human liver, kidney and pancreas. The cloned human 5-HT2B receptors had a high degree of homology (approximately 80%) with the rat and mouse 5-HT2B receptors. 2. PCR amplification was used to determine the tissue distribution of human 5-HT2B receptor mRNA. mRNA encoding the 5-HT2B(More)
Rhesus rotavirus (RRV) gene 4 was cloned into lambda bacteriophage, inserted into a polyhedrin promoter shuttle plasmid, and expressed in Sf9 cells by a recombinant baculovirus. The baculovirus-expressed VP4 protein made up approximately 5% of the Spodoptera frugiperda-infected cell protein. Monoclonal antibodies that neutralize the virus bound to the(More)
We have isolated and characterized from human prostate novel splice variants of the human alpha1A-adrenoceptor, several of which generate truncated products and one isoform, alpha(1A-4), which has the identical splice site as the three previously described isoforms. Long-PCR on human genomic DNA showed that the alpha(1A-4) exon is located between those(More)
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is characterized by the extensive deposition of the 42-amino-acid beta-amyloid or A4 protein in neuritic plaques and neurofibrillary tangles within the brain. This protein is liberated from the much larger amyloid protein precursor (APP). Multiple species of APP have been proposed, including several forms that contain a 56 amino(More)
In cerebral amyloid angiopathy, the amyloid-beta (A beta) deposits lie primarily in the tunica media suggesting that smooth muscle cells play an important role in A beta deposition. To define this role, we conducted an immunocytochemical study of brain tissue from cases of Alzheimer disease with extensive cerebral amyloid angiopathy and cerebral hemorrhage.(More)
We used various antibodies to the beta amyloid precursor protein (APP) of Alzheimer's disease to study changes in the cellular distribution of APP in experimental ischemic brain injury. In contrast to sham operated controls, rats with repeated reversible occlusions of one middle cerebral artery showed striking APP reactivity in astrocytic processes in(More)
Increasing recognition of diffuse plaques has raised questions about the differences between diffuse and neuritic plaques, particularly in regard to the role of amyloid precursor protein (APP) processing in their formation. To address this issue, corpus striatum (containing almost exclusively diffuse plaques) and cerebral cortex (containing an admixture of(More)
A fed-batch method was developed which increased the density of insect cells (Spodoptera frugiperda, Sf-9 cells) in suspension culture and the feeding of nutrients improved the yield of a recombinant protein produced by a baculovirus expression system. Analysis of spent medium samples indicated that depletions of glucose and glutamine correlated with the(More)
A baculovirus expression vector, which contains the coding sequences for human prepro (beta) nerve growth factor under control of the viral polyhedrin promoter, was constructed. Upon infection of insect cells with the recombinant virus, mature human beta nerve growth factor (rhNGF) was released into the culture fluid. The mature rhNGF was biologically(More)
Pt electrodes have been modified with electrospun titanium dioxide (TiO(2)) nanofibers with controllable densities for electrochemical detection. The TiO(2) nanofiber/Pt electrodes show excellent electrocatalytic activity to electro-oxidation of hydrogen peroxide and the response current density to an addition of hydrogen peroxide is 30% higher than that(More)