John M Stewart

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Wilms tumor (WT) is a genetically heterogeneous childhood kidney tumor. Several genetic alterations have been identified in WT patients, including inactivating mutations in WT1 and loss of heterozygosity or loss of imprinting at 11p15, which results in biallelic expression of IGF2. However, the mechanisms by which one or a combination of genetic alterations(More)
Thermal unfolding curves have been measured for a series of short alanine-based peptides that contain repeating sequences and varying chain lengths. Standard helix-coil theory successfully fits the observed transition curves, even for these short peptides. The results provide values for sigma, the helix nucleation constant, delta H0, the enthalpy change on(More)
1. Substance P (SP) induces histamine release from isolated rat peritoneal mast cells at concentrations of 0.1-10 muM.2. Inhibitors of glycolysis and oxidative phosphorylation prevent the release of histamine induced by SP.3. Cells heated to 47 degrees C for 20 min release histamine when treated with an agent causing cell lysis but fail to release in(More)
Substance P (SP) significantly reduced fighting in mice made aggressive by prolonged isolation. The N-terminal heptapeptide fragment SP (1-7) also reduced fighting. The C-terminal fragment SP(4-11) was without activity, while the shorter C-terminal fragment analog less than E-SP(7-11) significantly increased isolation-induced fighting. The(More)
The first sequence-related competitive inhibitors of the classic kinin in vitro (rat uterus guinea pig ileum) and in vivo (rat blood pressure) assays have been developed. Replacement of the proline residue at position 7 of bradykinin (BK) with a D-phenylalanine residue is the key modification which converts BK agonists into antagonists. [D-Phe7]-BK exhibits(More)
Autoradiographic studies localize [3H]bradykinin receptor binding sites to the substantia gelatinosa, dorsal root, and a subset of small cells in both the dorsal root and trigeminal ganglia of the guinea pig. [3H]Bradykinin labeling is also observed over myocardial/coronary visceral afferent fibers. The localization of [3H]bradykinin receptors to(More)
There is considerable evidence that substance P (SP) is a neurotransmitter in the CNS. Current findings suggest that the effects of synaptically released SP are terminated by enzymatic breakdown, primarily by endopeptidase (endo 24.11). The products of cleavage by endo 24.11 include the amino-terminal fragment SP(1-7). Evidence suggests that SP is(More)
The B(1) receptor for kinins, stimulated by kinin metabolites without the C-terminal Arg residue (e.g., des-Arg(9)-bradykinin (BK) and Lys-des-Arg(9)-BK), is an increasingly recognized molecular target for the development of analgesic and anti-inflammatory drugs. Recently developed antagonists of this receptor were compared to a conventional antagonist,(More)
Gonadal dysgenesis is a condition characterized by streak gonads in subjects who present the phenotypic appearance of females. In pure gonadal dysgenesis, unlike Turner's syndrome, no associated somatic anomalies are found; the adult is of normal or above average stature and may have eunuchoidal proportions (Sohval, 1965). The term 'XY gonadal dysgenesis'(More)
BACKGROUND The aim of this study was to validate clinical utilization of routinely prepared cytology specimens for molecular testing to detect EGFR or KRAS mutations in lung cancer. METHODS From September 2009 to April 2010, the authors collected 209 cytology specimens from patients with lung cancer at the MD Anderson Cancer Center Department of(More)