Jeffrey A. Engler

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A group B streptococcal (GBS) bacteriophage lysin gene was cloned and expressed in Escherichia coli. The purified recombinant enzyme, calculated to have a molecular mass of 49 677 Da, lysed GBS cells. The susceptibility of GBS cells to lysis by the enzyme depended upon the growth stage at which they were harvested, with early exponential phase cells most(More)
Genetic alterations found in carcinomas can alter specific regulatory pathways and provide a selective growth advantage by activation of transforming oncogenes. A subset of these genes, including wild-type alleles of GLI or c-MYC, and activated alleles of RAS or ␤-catenin, exhibit transforming activity when expressed in diploid epithelial RK3E cells in(More)
We have proposed that N-acetylaspartylglutamate (NAAG) or its hydrolytic product glutamate, is a chemical signaling agent between axons and periaxonal glia at non-synaptic sites in crayfish nerves, and that glutamine is a probable precursor for replenishing the releasable pool of NAAG. We report here, that crayfish central nerve fibers synthesize NAAG from(More)
Reports on insertional mutagenesis due to integration of gene therapy vectors into the host genome have raised concerns about the genetic manipulation of somatic cells. Previously, it was demonstrated that integrase phiC31 derived from a Streptomyces phage mediates site-specific integration into the host genome of mammalian cells in vitro and in vivo by(More)
In this study we performed a head-to-head comparison of the integrase phiC31 derived from a Streptomyces phage and the Sleeping Beauty (SB) transposase, a member of the TC1/mariner superfamily of transposable elements. Mouse liver was cotransfused with a vector containing our most robust human coagulation factor IX expression cassette and the appropriate(More)
We have developed a hybrid vector that combines the high transduction efficiency of a gene-deleted adenoviral vector and the integration machinery of the bacteriophage-derived integrase PhiC31 for stable transduction and limited integration sites. We based our system on a two-vector system in which the transgene expression cassette is circularized from a(More)
In this study we performed a head-to-head comparison of the integrase fC31 derived from a Streptomyces phage and the Sleeping Beauty (SB) transposase, a member of the TC1/mariner superfamily of transposable elements. Mouse liver was cotransfused with a vector containing our most robust human coagulation factor IX expression cassette and the appropriate(More)
Glutaminase of crayfish axons is believed to participate in recycling of axon-glia signaling agent(s). We measured the activity and properties of glutaminase in crude homogenates of crayfish CNS, using ion exchange chromatography to separate radiolabeled product from substrate. Crayfish glutaminase activity is cytoplasmic and/or weakly bound to membranes(More)
Oral squamous cell carcinomas are highly invasive lesions that destroy adjacent tissues and invade bone and muscle, which is most likely the result of matrix metalloproteinase (MMP) activity. We examined three cell lines derived from squamous cell carcinoma of the tongue for their intrinsic capacities to degrade interstitial collagen with the goal of(More)
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