Jennifer M. Rutledge

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Congenitally corrected transposition of the great arteries (ccTGA) is a rare disorder with reduced survival that is influenced by the presence of associated anomalies, tricuspid regurgitation (TR), and right ventricular (RV) function. The double switch procedure has been proposed as an aggressive surgical approach in selected patients. We sought to review(More)
The resumption of meiosis results in synthesis of tissue-type plasminogen activator (tPA) in the rat and mouse oocytes (Haurte et al., Cell 43:551-558, 1985). The present study demonstrates that freshly ovulated rat oocytes released their tPA into the surrounding medium upon in vitro activation by sperm penetration or treatment with a calcium ionophore. The(More)
Many of the applications of liposomes drug-delivery systems have been limited by their short circulation half-lives as a result of rapid uptake into the reticuloendothelial (mononuclear phagocyte) system. We have recently described liposomes formulations with long circulation half-lives in mice (Allen, T.M. and Chonn, A. (1987) FEBS Lett. 223, 42-46). A(More)
The present study was undertaken to determine the expression of genes for epidermal growth factor (EGF) and its receptor (EGF-R) in various components of medium-sized porcine ovarian follicles by reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR), and to localize their peptides during folliculogenesis by immunocytochemistry. A strong band for EGF mRNA(More)
The present study was undertaken to investigate the influence of epidermal growth factor (EGF) and follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) during in vitro maturation on cytoplasmic maturation of porcine oocytes as revealed by the success of fertilization and by the changes in the pattern of protein synthesis in oocytes and cumulus cells. For fertilization(More)
BACKGROUND The LaFarge equation is the most commonly used equation to estimate oxygen consumption (Vo(2)) in patients of all ages with congenital heart disease, although it was generated in patients older than 3 years. We sought to determine the validity of the LaFarge equation in estimating Vo(2) in children younger than 3 years undergoing cardiac(More)
BACKGROUND We compared the outcome of patients receiving bovine jugular vein grafts versus cryopreserved homografts for right ventricular outflow tract reconstruction. METHODS Between 2000 and 2012, 379 conduits (244 bovine jugular vein grafts, 135 homografts) were implanted in 298 patients (median age 50 months) with a median follow-up of 3.4 years. (More)
Certain pediatric patients undergoing surgery for the most severe forms of congenital heart disease are exposed to high doses of ionizing radiation. The amount of cumulative radiation exposure from all modalities has not yet been evaluated. The purpose of our study was to evaluate the cumulative radiation exposure in a contemporary cohort of patients with(More)