Jayme D Allen

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Neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) is a common genetic disorder caused by mutations in the NF1 locus, which encodes neurofibromin, a negative regulator of Ras. Patients with NF1 develop numerous neurofibromas, which contain many inflammatory mast cells that contribute to tumor formation. Subsequent to c-Kit stimulation, signaling from Ras to Rac1/2 to the MAPK(More)
A full length clone of murine fms-like tyrosine kinase 3 [flt3, also known as fetal liver kinase 2 (flk2)] was constructed from sequences obtained from a brain complementary DNA (cDNA) library and from cDNA prepared from the cell line Tikaut. In the absence of a ligand to study the function of Flt3, a chimeric molecule was constructed comprising the(More)
Pak 1 (p21-activated kinase) is involved in the regulation of airway smooth muscle (ASM) contraction in vitro. We hypothesized that the genetic disruption of Pak1 would attenuate in vivo airway responsiveness to acetylcholine (ACh) in non-sensitized mice. Male C57B/6 wild type (WT) and Pak1 knockout (KO) mice were anesthetized, tracheostomized, and(More)
Infants with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) are more resistant to chemotherapeutic drugs than older children with ALL, except for Ara-C. Drug resistance mechanisms in infant ALL, however, remain unknown. Possibly, multidrug resistance (MDR) proteins like P-glycoprotein, MDR-associated protein (MRP1), lung resistance-related protein (LRP/MVP) and the(More)
Mast cells are key participants in allergic diseases via activation of high-affinity IgE receptors (FcepsilonRI) resulting in release of proinflammatory mediators. The biochemical pathways linking IgE activation to calcium influx and cytoskeletal changes required for intracellular granule release are incompletely understood. We demonstrate, genetically,(More)
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