Jessica S Tung

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Converging lines of evidence implicate the beta-amyloid peptide (Ass) as causative in Alzheimer's disease. We describe a novel class of compounds that reduce A beta production by functionally inhibiting gamma-secretase, the activity responsible for the carboxy-terminal cleavage required for A beta production. These molecules are active in both 293 HEK cells(More)
Proteolytic processing of the amyloid precursor protein (APP) generates amyloid beta (Abeta) peptide, which is thought to be causal for the pathology and subsequent cognitive decline in Alzheimer's disease. Cleavage by beta-secretase at the amino terminus of the Abeta peptide sequence, between residues 671 and 672 of APP, leads to the generation and(More)
The L1 major capsid protein of human papillomavirus (HPV) type 11, a 55-kDa polypeptide, forms particulate structures resembling native virus with an average particle diameter of 50-60 nm when expressed in the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae. We show in this report that these virus-like particles (VLPs) interact with heparin and with cell-surface(More)
Previous studies have shown that K562 chronic myelogenous leukemia cells are resistant to induction of apoptosis by a variety of agents, including the topoisomerase II (topo II) poison etoposide, when examined 4 to 24 hours after treatment with an initiating stimulus. In the present study, the responses of K562 cells and apoptosis-proficient HL-60 acute(More)
The Ly-5 system of the mouse is expressed exclusively by hematopoietic cells and comprises a series of glycoprotein isoforms that typify different hematopoietic cell lineages. The 200-kDa isoform of T cells and the 220-kDa isoform of B cells are known to differ in peptide composition. The complete 1152 amino acid sequence of the 200-kDa isoform protein(More)
Recent genetic and biochemical studies have implicated cysteine-dependent aspartate-directed proteases (caspases) in the active phase of apoptosis. In the present study, three complementary techniques were utilized to follow caspase activation during the course of etoposide-induced apoptosis in HL-60 human leukemia cells. Immunoblotting revealed that levels(More)
A sensitive, high-throughput assay has been developed which measures hyaluronidase activity in a microplate format. In this assay, hyaluronic acid is suspended in agarose in a microtiter well, the plate is incubated with the hyaluronidase solution, and the undigested hyaluronic acid is precipitated with cetylpyridinium chloride. The precipitate blocks light(More)
A notable feature of Ly-5, among immunogenetic systems that identify glycoproteins of the cell surface and define the surface phenotype of cells according to their lineage, is that the Ly-5 locus specifies a range of molecular isoforms that distinguish cells of different stages and branches of hematopoietic development. The composition of the Ly-5 locus is(More)
The Fas/Fas ligand (FasL) pathway is widely involved in apoptotic cell death in lymphoid and nonlymphoid cells. It has recently been postulated that many chemotherapeutic agents also induce cell death by activating the Fas/FasL pathway. In the present study we compared apoptotic pathways induced by anti-Fas or chemotherapeutic agents in the Jurkat human(More)
A single Ly-5 gene is known to generate a variety of transmembrane glycoprotein isoforms that distinguish various cell lineages and stages of differentiation within the hematopoietic developmental compartment of the mouse. Systems homologous to Ly-5 are known in rats and in humans. The complete exon-intron organization of the Ly-5 gene is described in this(More)