Kassem Sharif

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The loop at the 52-position of the cAMP receptor protein (CRP) has been suggested as a potential site for contacting RNA polymerase on Class II promoters where the CRP binding site is located at position -41.5 (Bell, A., Gaston, K., Williams, R., Chapman, K., Kolb, A., Buc, H., Minchin, S., Williams, J., and Busby, S. (1990) Nucleic Acids Res. 18,(More)
Reported here is a new method that permits rapid (approximately 5 s) determinations of membrane transport phenomena in cells grown in monolayers at the base of 17-mm glass scintillation vials. The method is convenient, cost effective and requires no special apparatus. Initial uptake rates, steady-state and free substrate levels are demonstrated in ZR-75-1(More)
Laminins are the major glycoproteins present in basement membrane, a type of extracellular matrix. We showed that the LAMB1 gene, which encodes the laminin beta1 subunit, is transcriptionally activated by retinoic acid in embryonic stem cells. However, little information is available concerning LAMB1 developmental regulation and spatial expression in the(More)
BACKGROUND The E. coli RNA polymerase is a multisubunit enzyme, which is present in two different forms: the catalytic competent core enzyme (alpha2beta beta') and the promoter selective holoenzyme (alpha2beta beta' sigma). Correct assembly of individual subunits into core or holoenzyme is essential for the function of this enzyme. RESULTS Mutant beta'(More)
Human RFC1 (hRFC1) transfected in transport-deficient methotrexate MTXR(R)ZR-75-1 human breast carcinoma cells (MTX(R)ZR-75/RFC) were used to investigate the impact of hRFC1 overexpression on influx and concentrative transport of methotrexate (MTX). Eight-fold overexpression of hRFC1, as determined by northern analysis, resulted in a 4-fold increase in MTX(More)
The principal predisposing factor in radiocontrast-induced nephropathy appears to be underlying renal insufficiency. Identifying patients at risk is of paramount importance when a diagnostic study is being chosen. Contrast-reliant studies should be avoided, if possible, in high-risk patients. If challenge with a contrast medium is essential, appropriate(More)
WHAT IS KNOWN AND OBJECTIVES Rituximab is a chimeric monoclonal anti-CD20 antibody approved for the treatment of some lymphoid malignancies as well as for autoimmune diseases including rheumatoid arthritis (RA), idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP) and vasculitis. Generally, rituximab is well tolerated; nevertheless, some patients develop adverse(More)
Coffee is one of the world's most consumed beverage. In the last decades, coffee consumption has attracted a huge body of research due to its impact on health. Recent scientific evidences showed that coffee intake could be associated with decreased mortality from cardiovascular and neurological diseases, diabetes type II, as well as from endometrial and(More)
The epitopes have been localized for a set of monoclonal antibodies specific for the alpha subunit of the Escherichia coli RNA polymerase. The antibodies are classified into three groups based on their epitopic assignments. Group 1, mAb 123C2, maps in the N terminus of alpha between amino acids 1 and 23; Group 2 antibodies (mAb 129C4, mAb 124D1 and mAb(More)
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