Jeanette S. Felix

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Progressive rod-cone degeneration (prcd) is a late-onset, autosomal recessive photoreceptor degeneration of dogs and a homolog for some forms of human retinitis pigmentosa (RP). Previously, the disease-relevant interval was reduced to a 106-kb region on CFA9, and a common phenotype-specific haplotype was identified in all affected dogs from several(More)
Humans with the Lesch-Nyhan syndrome have an X-chromosomal mutant gene that causes severe neurological and developmental abnormalities. The patients are deficient in hypoxanthine-guanine phosphoribosyltransferase, which converts hypoxanthine to inosinic acid, a major precursor of adenine and guanine nucleotides. Paradoxically, the enzyme defect causes(More)
A new clonal CBA mouse teratocarcinoma cell line called H6 grows rapidly without calcium in suspension culture. When attached to a gelatin-coated surface in the presence of calcium, differentiation to large flat cells, which secrete plasminogen activator, occurs after exposure to retinoic acid. Differentiation is terminal after about six cell divisions. H6(More)
The components involved in cell adhesion were studied using the H6 line of embryonal carcinoma cells. H6 cells are especially suitable for studies on cell interactions, since genetic mutants can be selected, and various processes of cell adhesion can be controlled by regulating the calcium concentration in the medium. Three aggregation-defective variants of(More)
Cells cultured from the amniotic fluid of a 22-week fetus in a heterozygote for the X-linked Lesch-Nyhan mutation, which results in neurological and developmental disorders, lacked sex chromatin and were unable to incorporate hypoxanthine. The diagnosis of a mutant male was confirmed upon birth of enzyme-deficient, hyperuricemic twin boys whose amniotic(More)
Glass coverslip and plastic surfaces were quantitatively evaluated for growth-supporting capacity by determining the number and size of colonies formed in primary cultures of amniotic fluid (AF) cells. Round coverslips, designed to fit exactly a 35 mm plastic culture dish, were cleaned by 9 different methods and compared with plastic culture dish bottoms.(More)
Under the action of supplemental calcium, H6 mouse embryonal carcinoma cell aggregates undergo compaction, a morphological phenomenon similar to mouse embryonic compaction. Formation of various types of cell junctions, especially gap junctions, is associated with compaction of the embryo and we sought to analyze the pattern of junction formation during(More)
Second trimester amniotic fluid samples obtained transabdominally for genetic analysis not infrequently are contaminated with blood. There has been disagreement as to whether blood contamination interferes with the efficiency of culture of amniotic fluid cells for genetic diagnosis. A procedure using ammonium chloride to lyse contaminating red blood cells(More)