Karen I Braunschweiger

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BACKGROUND Genome-wide changes in DNA methylation are an epigenetic phenomenon that can lead to the development of disease. The study of global DNA methylation utilizes technology that requires both expensive equipment and highly specialized skill sets. METHODS We have designed and developed an assay, CpGlobal, which is easy-to-use, does not utilize PCR,(More)
The percentage of cells capable of forming colonies of at least a given size has been found to provide a reliable estimate of the remaining doubling potential of several human diploid fibroblast cell lines and for chick embryo fibroblasts. In five independently derived cell lines of human diploid fibroblasts we have found the same linear relationship(More)
Asthma is a common respiratory disorder characterized by recurrent episodes of coughing, wheezing and breathlessness. Although environmental factors such as allergen exposure are risk factors in the development of asthma, both twin and family studies point to a strong genetic component. To date, linkage studies have identified more than a dozen genomic(More)
We compared the tissue mRNA prevalence and protein maturation of two splice variants of mouse ADAM33, a metalloprotease implicated in airway hyperresponsiveness. These variant cDNAs, designated 914 (alpha) and 906 (beta), encode membrane-bound forms that differ primarily in 26 residues (exon 17) between the cysteine-rich and epidermal growth factor-like(More)
RATIONALE Rapidly performing global proteomic screens is an important goal in the post-genomic era. Correlated matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization mass spectrometry (MALDI-MS) and fluorescent imaging of photocleavable peptide-coded random bead-arrays was evaluated as a critical step in a new method for proteomic screening that combines many of the(More)
We have isolated a diploid fibroblast culture from human fetal lung with an in vitro lifespan of about 100 population doublings. The culture grows very well at clonal densities and long-lived clones can be isolated for use in cellular aging studies. The longer in vitro lifespan of the culture has allowed us to isolate from it a clone, containing a dominant(More)
Incorporation of tritiated uridine into cellular RNA is decreased in senescent human fibroblast cultures when measured per cellular RNA content. Since early and late passage cells demonstrate similar kinetics of RNA precursor pool labeling and saturation, this decreased tritiated uridine incorporation reflects decreased RNA synthesis. However, cellular RNA(More)
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