John M. Kulik

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Transgenic overexpression of Cu(+2)/Zn(+2) superoxide dismutase 1 (SOD1) harboring an amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)-linked familial genetic mutation (SOD1(G93A)) in a Sprague-Dawley rat results in ALS-like motor neuron disease. Motor neuron disease in these rats depended on high levels of mutant SOD1 expression, increasing from 8-fold over endogenous(More)
Mutations in the HERG gene are linked to the LQT2 form of the inherited long-QT syndrome. Transgenic mice were generated expressing high myocardial levels of a particularly severe form of LQT2-associated HERG mutation (G628S). Hearts from G628S mice appeared normal except for a modest enlargement seen only in females. Ventricular myocytes isolated from(More)
It has been suggested that increased collagenase-3 (MMP-13) activity plays a pivotal role in the pathogenesis of osteoarthritis (OA). We have used tetracycline-regulated transcription in conjunction with a cartilage-specific promoter to target a constitutively active human MMP-13 to the hyaline cartilages and joints of transgenic mice. Postnatal expression(More)
Transactivator tTA is a necessary component of the tetracycline-regulated inducible gene system. While several transgenic animals have been described that express tTA in the central nervous system (CNS), their tTA levels are often limited, presumably due to toxic effects. We evaluated methods for auto-regulating tTA levels in astrocytes by modifying the(More)
Fourteen different plasmids hybridizing to Aspergillus nidulans 5S rRNA were isolated from a gene bank obtained after cloning Sau3A partial digests of A. nidulans DNA in a yeast--Escherichia coli vector, pBB29. The restriction maps of these plasmids were determined. The size of the cloned fragments was 2.7-9.5 kb, 12 of the plasmids were found to code for(More)
Similar to the vast majority of cases in humans, the development of type 1 diabetes (T1D) in the NOD mouse model is due to T-cell mediated autoimmune destruction of insulin producing pancreatic β cells. Particular major histocompatibility complex (MHC) haplotypes (designated HLA in humans; and H2 in mice) provide the primary genetic risk factor for T1D(More)
A detailed characterization of a cardiac muscle-specific, ligand-regulated gene expression system was performed in transgenic mice using the inducing ligand mifepristone (MFP). Several lines of double transgenic mice were created that expressed a bacterial lacZ reporter gene in the heart, under the control of a MFP-activated transcription factor(More)
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