James H. Deford

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The endoplasmic reticulum (ER) is a target for endogenously generated reactive oxygen species (ROS) during aging. We have previously shown that the ER chaperones, protein disulfide isomerase (PDI) and immunoglobulin heavy chain binding protein (BiP), are oxidatively modified within the livers of aged mice. In this study we assess the functional consequences(More)
Creatine kinase catalyzes the reversible transfer of the gamma phosphate from ATP to creatine forming the high energy compound creatine phosphate. Muscle creatine kinase (CKm) activity maintains energetic homeostasis as variations in energy requirements dictate that ATP be readily available. Recent studies suggest that CKm activity is altered during aging.(More)
Cardiac hypertrophy and remodelling in chagasic disease might be associated with mitochondrial dysfunction. In the present study, we characterized the cardiac metabolic responses to Trypanosoma cruzi infection and progressive disease severity using a custom-designed mitoarray (mitochondrial function-related gene array). Mitoarrays consisting of known,(More)
Mutation analyses in the nematode, Caenorhabditis elegans, and mice have identified genes that increase their life-span via hormonal signal transduction, i.e. the insulin/insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1) pathway in nematodes, and the growth hormone (GH)-thyriod stimulating hormone (TSH)-prolactin system in Snell dwarf mouse mutants. We have shown that(More)
Mutations in Caenorhabditis elegans and mice have identified candidate genes that increase their lifespan via hormonal signal transduction, i.e. the insulin/IGF-1-like pathway. In this study we propose that longevity of the Snell dwarf (Pit1(dw)/Pit1(dw)) mouse is associated with a decrease of the insulin/IGF-1 signaling pathway caused by the Pit1 mutation.(More)
OBJECTIVE Spontaneous preterm birth (PTB) and preterm prelabor rupture of membranes (pPROM) are major pregnancy complications often associated with a fetal inflammatory response. Biomolecular markers of this fetal inflammatory response to both infectious and non-infectious risk factors and their contribution to PTB and pPROM mechanism are still unclear.(More)
Several murine models demonstrate that mammalian longevity can be increased by single gene mutations affecting endocrine signalling, particularly via the GH/IGF-1 axis. In this study, we identify age-independent patterns of hepatic gene expression characteristic of long-lived Snell (Pit1(dw/dwJ)) dwarf mice. Comparative microarray analysis of young and aged(More)
Age-associated mitochondrial dysfunction is a major source of reactive oxygen species (ROS) and oxidative modification to proteins. Mitochondrial electron transport chain (ETC) complexes I and III are the sites of ROS production and we hypothesize that proteins of the ETC complexes are primary targets of ROS-mediated modification which impairs their(More)
F2-isoprostanes (IsoPs), lipid peroxidation products, are markers that quantitatively measure levels of oxidative stress. IsoP levels increase in tissues and serum of aging animals suggesting an increase in oxidative stress. This supports the Free Radical Theory of Aging, which proposes that elevated levels of reactive oxygen species (ROS) cause(More)
Impairment of insulin signaling and hepatic insulin resistance has been attributed to ROS-mediated activation of p38MAPK stress response signaling. Our research focused on whether (a) ROS generated by mitochondrial electron transport chain complex I (ETC-CI) dysfunction, via the use of Rotenone, inactivates insulin signaling; and (b) the p38MAPK pathway is(More)