Julie A. Braatz

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The synthesis of the major linkage found in yeast cell wall structural polysaccharides, glucosyl-beta-(1 leads to 3)-glucosyl, was studied with a membrane preparation from Saccharomyces cerevisiae. The sugar donor was UDP-glucose, and the reaction required addition of glycerol bovine serum albumin, and ATP or GTP for maximal activity. Under optimal(More)
Dialysis related amyloidosis (DRA) is a progressive debilitating complication of long-term dialysis. beta 2-microglobulin (beta 2m) amyloid deposition occurs preferentially in older patients and initially is located in collagen-rich osteo-articular tissues. Since an age-dependent increase in the formation of advanced glycation end products (AGE) has been(More)
A procedure is described for the rapid and efficient electrophoretic elution of protein from polyacrylamide gels which is then collected in a dialysis bag tied to the end of a tube containing the gel slices. To illustrate the method a heterogeneous preparation of alkaline phosphatase was used from which a single homogeneous component was isolated in six(More)
Peptides containing the RGD sequence were covalently attached to an isocyanate-containing polyurethane prepolymer and the biological properties of the complexes were evaluated. For the pentapeptide H2N-Tyr-Arg-Gly-Asp-Ser-OH (single-letter code, YRGDS), polymer conjugation lead to an increased half-life in the blood circulation of mice to > 10 h. The effect(More)
  • J A Braatz
  • Journal of biomaterials applications
  • 1994
A polyurethane polymer developed at W. R. Grace has been evaluated for a variety of biomedical applications. The primary property of the polymer exploited for these applications is its ability to prevent protein adsorption when coated on a surface. The prepolymer consists of a trifunctional poly(ethyleneoxide-propylene oxide) triol end capped with(More)
beta-2-Microglobulin (beta 2M) is a major protein component found in the amyloid deposits of dialysis-related amyloidosis (DRA) patients. Evidence has been shown that the advanced glycosylated end-products (AGEs) of beta 2M present in sera were related to DRA. We demonstrated that matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization mass spectrometry (MALDI-MS) is a(More)
A human lung tumor-associated antigen was purified to homogeneity from a crude cell-free extract of a human lung adenocarcinoma using standard biochemical procedures. In order to facilitate monitoring the recovery of antigen, trace amounts of previously purified and radioiodinated antigen from another lung tumor were added to the crude extract. The purified(More)
Granulocytes of normal human donors were previously shown to have cytostatic activity in vitro against a variety of tumor cell lines. In the present study, we have compared the levels of granulocyte-mediated cytostatic activity in cancer patients and normal donors. In an initial study of 25 tumor-bearing patients and 21 individuals with benign or no(More)