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Regulation of the Drosophila pigment-dispersing factor (pdf) gene products was analyzed in wild-type and clock mutants. Mutations in the transcription factors CLOCK and CYCLE severely diminish pdf RNA and neuropeptide (PDF) levels in a single cluster of clock-gene-expressing brain cells, called small ventrolateral neurons (s-LN(v)s). This clock-gene(More)
Considerable evidence indicates that NO biology involves a family of NO-related molecules and that S-nitrosothiols (SNOs) are central to signal transduction and host defence. It is unknown, however, how cells switch off the signals or protect themselves from the SNOs produced for defence purposes. Here we have purified a single activity from Escherichia(More)
In an attempt to determine the chemosensory cues, if any, provided by fats in the oral cavity, we have performed patch-clamp recordings on isolated rat taste receptor cells during application of free fatty acids. Cis-polyunsaturated fatty acids, when applied extracellularly, inhibit delayed-rectifying K+ channels. In a subset of cells, these fatty acids(More)
In late summer through early winter of 1998, there were several outbreaks of respiratory disease in the swine herds of North Carolina, Texas, Minnesota, and Iowa. Four viral isolates from outbreaks in different states were analyzed genetically. Genotyping and phylogenetic analyses demonstrated that the four swine viruses had emerged through two different(More)
The p53 tumor suppressor protein is a sequence-specific transcription factor that modulates the response of cells to DNA damage. Recent studies suggest that full transcriptional activity of p53 requires the coactivators CREB binding protein (CBP)/p300 and PCAF. These coactivators interact with each other, and both possess intrinsic histone acetyltransferase(More)
Human beta-defensins (HBDs) are antimicrobial peptides that may play a role in mucosal defense. Diminished activity of these peptides has been implicated in the pathogenesis of cystic fibrosis (CF) lung disease. We show that HBD-1 and HBD-2 mRNAs are expressed in excised surface and submucosal gland epithelia from non-CF and CF patients. The(More)
Cellular DNA damage causes stabilization and activation of the tumor suppressor and transcription factor p53, in part by promoting multiple covalent modifications of the p53 protein, including acetylation. We investigated the importance of acetylation in p53 function and the mechanism by which acetylation influences p53 activity. Acetylation site(More)
Several previously known transcription cofactors have been demonstrated in vitro recently to be histone acetyltransferases and deacetyltransferases, suggesting that remodeling of chromatin through histone acetylation plays a fundamental role in gene regulation. Clear evidence has not yet been obtained, however, to demonstrate that histone acetylation is(More)
Accumulation of reactive oxygen species during aging leads to programmed cell death (PCD) in many cell types but has not been explored in mammalian fertilized eggs, in which mitochondria are "immature," in contrast to "mature" mitochondria in somatic cells. We characterized PCD in mouse zygotes induced by either intensive (1 mM for 1.5 h) or mild (200(More)
Refractory chronic graft-versus-host disease (cGVHD) is a significant complication resulting from allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT). Mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs) have shown promise for treating refractory cGVHD, but the favorable effects of MSCs therapy in cGVHD are complex and not fully understood. In this prospective clinical(More)