Jennifer J Stewart

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The light organ crypts of the squid Euprymna scolopes permit colonization exclusively by the luminous bacterium Vibrio fischeri. Because the crypt interior remains in contact with seawater, the squid must not only foster the specific symbiosis, but also continue to exclude other bacteria. Investigation of the role of the innate immune system in these(More)
To determine the mechanistic differences between canonical and noncanonical TATA elements, we compared the functional activity of two sequences: TATAAA (canonical) and CATAAA (noncanonical). The TATAAA element can support high levels of transcription in vivo, whereas the CATAAA element is severely defective for this function. This dramatic functional(More)
The carbohydrate recognition domain (CRD) of surfactant protein A (SP-A) is critical for the modulation of surfactant secretion from isolated type II cells and for the Ca(2+)-dependent aggregation of surfactant liposomes, but the domains of SP-A that mediate lipid binding have not been precisely mapped. To determine the role of the CRD in lipid interactions(More)
Nearly all women diagnosed with ovarian cancer receive combination chemotherapy including cis- or carboplatin. Despite high initial response rates, resistance to cisplatin develops in roughly one-third of women during primary treatment and in all women treated for recurrent disease. ICAT coupled with tandem MS is a quantitative proteomic technique for high(More)
To reveal mechanistic differences in transcription initiation between variant TATA elements, in vivo and in vitro assays of the functional activity of 14 different sequences were compared. Variant elements exhibited particular degrees of activation in vivo but universally were unable to support the -fold activation observed for an element consisting of(More)
Rat pulmonary surfactant protein A is an oligomer of 18 polypeptide chains which are associated by triple helix formation in the collagen-like domain and interchain disulfide bridges at the NH2 terminus. The roles of the intermolecular bond at Cys6 and the collagen-like domain (Gly8-Pro80) in the interactions of SP-A with phospholipids and alveolar type II(More)
Biologists are becoming increasingly aware that the interaction of animals, including humans, with their coevolved bacterial partners is essential for health. This growing awareness has been a driving force for the development of models for the study of beneficial animal-bacterial interactions. In the squid-vibrio model, symbiotic Vibrio fischeri induce(More)
Pulmonary surfactant protein A (SP-A) is a mammalian lectin that regulates the uptake and secretion of surfactant by alveolar type II cells and is an important component of surfactant complexes. The domains of SP-A which mediate these functions have not been fully mapped. The binding of SP-A to its high affinity receptor on alveolar type II cells is thought(More)
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