John A Ferris

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Helicobacter pylori establishes persistent infection of gastric mucosa with diverse clinical outcomes. The innate immune molecule surfactant protein D (SP-D) binds selectively to microorganisms, inducing aggregation and phagocytosis. In this study, we demonstrated the expression of SP-D in gastric mucosa by reverse transcription-PCR and immunohistochemical(More)
Helicobacter pylori is a common and persistent human pathogen of the gastric mucosa. Surfactant protein D (SP-D), a component of innate immunity, is expressed in the human gastric mucosa and is capable of aggregating H. pylori. Wide variation in the SP-D binding affinity to H. pylori has been observed in clinical isolates and laboratory-adapted strains. The(More)
1. In view of previously demonstrated modulatory effects of PLG on the sensitivity of central dopamine receptors, we developed a radioligand binding assay to identify specific binding sites of PLG in rat and normal human brain. 2. 3H-PLG binds specifically to rat striatum exhibiting high affinity (KD = 4.69 +/- 0.50 nM) saturability (Bmax = 9.20 +/- 0.30(More)
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