Kevin M. Johnson

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The Caenorhabditis elegans intestine is a simple and accessible model system to analyze the mechanism of junction assembly. In comparison to Drosophila and vertebrates, the C. elegans apical junction is remarkable because a single electron-dense structure is implicated in complex processes such as epithelial tightness, vectorial transport and cell adhesion.(More)
Mutations in the human transmembrane protein CRB1 are associated with severe forms of retinal dystrophy, retinitis pigmentosa 12 (RP12), and Leber's congenital amaurosis (LCA). The Drosophila homolog, crumbs, is required for polarity and adhesion in embryonic epithelia and for correct formation of adherens junctions and proper morphogenesis of photoreceptor(More)
Members of the ezrin-radixin-moesin (ERM) family of proteins have been found to serve as linkers between membrane proteins and the F-actin cytoskeleton in many organisms. We used RNA interference (RNAi) approach to assay ERM proteins of the Caenorhabditis elegans genome for a possible involvement in apical junction (AJ) assembly or positioning. We identify(More)
Drosophila Stardust, a membrane-associated guanylate kinase (MAGUK), recruits the transmembrane protein Crumbs and the cytoplasmic proteins DPATJ and DLin-7 into an apically localized protein scaffold. This evolutionarily conserved complex is required for epithelial cell polarity in Drosophila embryos and mammalian cells in culture. In addition, mutations(More)
Recent work in k-t BLAST and undersampled projection angiography has emphasized the value of using training data sets obtained during the acquisition of a series of images. These techniques have used iterative algorithms guided by the training set information to reconstruct time frames sampled at well below the Nyquist limit. We present here a simple(More)
Phase contrast velocimetry can be utilized to measure complex flow for both quantitative and qualitative assessment of vascular hemodynamics. However, phase contrast requires that a maximum measurable velocity be set that balances noise and phase aliasing. To efficiently reduce noise in phase contrast images, several investigators have proposed extended(More)
PURPOSE Diffusion magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in combination with functional MRI promises a whole new vista for scientists to investigate noninvasively the structural and functional connectivity of the human brain-the human connectome, which had heretofore been out of reach. As with other imaging modalities, diffusion MRI data are inherently noisy and(More)
PURPOSE To implement and validate in vivo radial 4D flow MRI for quantification of blood flow in the hepatic arterial, portal venous, and splanchnic vasculature of healthy volunteers and patients with portal hypertension. MATERIALS AND METHODS Seventeen patients with portal hypertension and seven subjects with no liver disease were included in this Health(More)
Wilms tumor usually occurs as an abdominal mass arising from the renal parenchyma. A case was encountered in which the neoplasm filled the pelvicalyceal system of an 8-year-old boy as a botryoid mass, with minimal parenchymal involvement. The radiologic manifestations, pathologic features, and surgical implications are discussed.
PURPOSE To estimate surface-based wall shear stress (WSS) and evaluate flow patterns in ascending aortic dilatation (AscAD) using a high-resolution, time-resolved, three-dimensional (3D), three-directional velocity encoded, radially undersampled phase contrast MR sequence (4D PC-MRI). MATERIALS AND METHODS 4D PC-MRI was performed in 11 patients with AscAD(More)