Joseph R H Smith

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Taq DNA polymerase can catalyze non-templated addition of a nucleotide (principally adenosine) to the 3' end of PCR-amplified products. Recently, we showed that this activity, which is primer-specific, presents a potential source of error in genotyping studies based on the use of short tandem repeat (STR) markers. Furthermore, in reviewing our data, we(More)
We here describe a rapid and simple expression screen method that has allowed us to isolate cDNAs coding for inhibitors of DNA synthesis from senescent human diploid fibroblasts. The assay involved transient transcriptional overexpression of a gene product encoded by a cDNA in a proliferating cell, on the assumption that this would be sufficient to block(More)
Despite its high prevalence, very little is known regarding genetic predisposition to prostate cancer. A genome-wide scan performed in 66 high-risk prostate cancer families has provided evidence of linkage to the long arm of chromosome 1 (1q24-25). Analysis of an additional set of 25 North American and Swedish families with markers in this region resulted(More)
Differentiation of skeletal muscle is affected in myotonic dystrophy (DM) patients. Analysis of cultured myoblasts from DM patients shows that DM myoblasts lose the capability to withdraw from the cell cycle during differentiation. Our data demonstrate that the expression and activity of the proteins responsible for cell cycle withdrawal are altered in DM(More)
The objective of this study was to evaluate the toxicity of sediments from the Grand Calumet River and Indiana Harbor Canal located in northwestern Indiana, USA. Toxicity tests used in this assessment included 10-day sediment exposures with the amphipod Hyalella azteca, 31-day sediment exposures with the oligochaete Lumbriculus variegatus, and the Microtox(More)
C/EBPalpha has a role in growth arrest and differentiation of mouse preadipocytes. To study the mechanism of C/EBPalpha-induced growth arrest, we developed a cell line, HT1, that contained the human C/EBPalpha gene under Lac repressor control. IPTG-induced C/EBPalpha caused inhibition of cell proliferation and DNA synthesis as measured by colony growth(More)
We describe a giant titanosaurid sauropod dinosaur discovered in coastal deposits in the Upper Cretaceous Bahariya Formation of Egypt, a unit that has produced three Tyrannosaurus-sized theropods and numerous other vertebrate taxa. Paralititan stromeri is the first tetrapod reported from Bahariya since 1935. Its 1.69-meter-long humerus is longer than that(More)
PURPOSE To evaluate the magnetic resonance (MR) imaging appearances of uterine fibroleiomyoma before and after embolization and to determine whether there are preembolization MR imaging characteristics that are predictive of a successful outcome. MATERIALS AND METHODS MR imaging was performed in 18 patients (32 fibroleiomyomas) before and at 2 and 6(More)
OBJECTIVES 1) To determine the effect of stimulus train duration (TD) on sensory perception using direct stimulation of somatosensory and visual cortices. 2) To investigate the occurrence of evoked potentials in response to stimulation that is subthreshold for perception. BACKGROUND Studies of the mechanisms of conscious perception using direct cortical(More)