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Testicular testosterone produced during a critical perinatal period is thought to masculinize and defeminize the male brain from the inherent feminization program and induce male-typical behaviors in the adult. These actions of testosterone appear to be exerted not through its androgenic activity, but rather through its conversion by brain aromatase into(More)
The respiratory epithelium is a potential site for somatic gene therapy for the common hereditary disorders alpha 1-antitrypsin (alpha 1AT) deficiency and cystic fibrosis. A replication-deficient adenoviral vector (Ad-alpha 1AT) containing an adenovirus major late promoter and a recombinant human alpha 1AT gene was used to infect epithelial cells of the(More)
We identified a human multiprotein complex (WINAC) that directly interacts with the vitamin D receptor (VDR) through the Williams syndrome transcription factor (WSTF). WINAC has ATP-dependent chromatin-remodeling activity and contains both SWI/SNF components and DNA replication-related factors. The latter might explain a WINAC requirement for normal S phase(More)
Direct transfer of the normal cystic fibrosis (CF) transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) gene to airway epithelium was evaluated using a replication-deficient recombinant adenovirus (Ad) vector containing normal human CFTR cDNA (Ad-CFTR). In vitro Ad-CFTR-infected CFPAC-1 CF epithelial cells expressed human CFTR mRNA and protein and demonstrated(More)
Klotho mutant mice, defective in the klotho gene, develop multiple age-related disorders with very short lifespans. Introduction of the exogenous klotho gene into these mutant mice leads to an improvement in their phenotypes, while overexpression of this gene in wild-type mice significantly extends their lifespan. These observations suggest that the klotho(More)
The capacity of cells of the human bronchial epithelium to express the gene for interleukin-8 (IL-8) was evaluated in bronchial epithelium derived cell lines, HS-24 and BET-1A, using tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF) as a model inflammatory stimulus. As in other epithelium, TNF markedly increased the level of the 1.8-kilobase IL-8 mRNA transcripts in both(More)
Our paper reported that a chromatin-remodeling complex, WINAC, recruited the unliganded vitamin D receptor to promoters in cooperation with the transcription factor implicated in Williams syndrome, WSTF. The findings provided insights into the coordination between chromatin remodelers and sequence-specific transcription factors and pointed to a role of(More)
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