J Gregory Hubbard

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The MHC class I-related receptor, FcRn, mediates the transfer of maternal gamma globulin (IgG) to young rodents, primarily via intestinal transcytosis, and this provides humoral immunity for the first few weeks after birth. In a previous study, the site of mouse IgG1 (mIgG1) with which FcRn interacts has been mapped using recombinant wild-type and mutated(More)
The hypothesis that overexpression of glutamate-cysteine ligase (GCL), which catalyzes the rate-limiting reaction in de novo glutathione biosynthesis, could extend life span was tested in the fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster. The GAL4-UAS binary transgenic system was used to generate flies overexpressing either the catalytic (GCLc) or modulatory (GCLm)(More)
Rates of primary and bacterial secondary production in Lake Arlington, Texas, were determined. The lake is a warm (annual temperature range, 7 to 32 degrees C), shallow, monomictic reservoir with limited macrophyte development in the littoral zone. Samples were collected from six depths within the photic zone from a site located over the deepest portion of(More)
Aurora kinase family members co-ordinate a range of events associated with mitosis and cytokinesis. Anti-cancer therapies are currently being developed against them. Here, we evaluate whether Aurora kinase-1 (TbAUK1) from pathogenic Trypanosoma brucei might be targeted in anti-parasitic therapies as well. Conditional knockdown of TbAUK1 within infected mice(More)
Fluorescein diacetate (FDA) hydrolysis was evaluated as a means to detect actively metabolizing bacteria in freshwater. Fluorescein diacetate, a nonfluorescent derivative of fluorescein, can be transported across cell membranes and deacetylated by nonspecific esterases. Resultant fluorescein accumulates within cells and allows direct visualization by(More)
RACK1 is a WD-repeat protein that forms signal complexes at appropriate locations in the cell. RACK1 homologues are core components of ribosomes from yeast, plants and mammals. In contrast, a cryo-EM analysis of trypanosome ribosomes failed to detect RACK1, thus eliminating an important translational regulatory mechanism. Here we report that TbRACK1 from(More)
This study addresses whether a mutation in the factor VIIPadua gene could explain the reduced activity of the inherited variant protein. All nine exons of the normal and Padua factor VII gene were amplified using the polymerase chain reaction, cloned into pUC19 and sequenced. A point mutation (G to A at nucleotide position 10828) was found which results in(More)
The binding of recombinant wild type and mutant Fc-hinge fragments to soluble, FcRn expressed in insect cells has been analysed. The mutant Fc-hinge fragments are derived from murine IgG1 with mutation of residues located at the CH2-CH3 domain interface (Ile253, His31O, Gln311, His433 and Asn434; EU numbering). These mutant Fc-hinge fragments have(More)
Rates of carbon flow from phytoplankton to bacteria were estimated for Lake Arlington, Texas. The lake is a warm (annual temperature range 7 to 35 °C), shallow, monomictic reservoir with limited macrophyte development in the littoral zone. Samples were collected from 6 depths within the photic zone from a site located over the deepest portion of the lake.(More)
The impact of storm conditions on the heterotrophic activity of planktonic bacteria in a southwestern reservoir was investigated. Storm events were considered as rainfall in excess of 2.5 cm in a 24-h period before sampling. Storm conditions stimulated heterotrophic activities and resulted in increased uptake rates and decreased turnover times of glutamate(More)