Linda Vuong

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A medium-throughput approach is used to rapidly identify membrane proteins from a eukaryotic organism that are most amenable to expression in amounts and quality adequate to support structure determination. The goal was to expand knowledge of new membrane protein structures based on proteome-wide coverage. In the first phase, membrane proteins from the(More)
The Toll-like receptors (TLR) have been advocated as attractive therapeutic targets because TLR signaling plays dual roles in initiating adaptive immune responses and perpetuating inflammation. Paradoxically, repeated stimulation of bone marrow mononuclear cells with a synthetic TLR7 ligand 9-benzyl-8-hydroxy-2-(2-methoxyethoxy) adenine (called 1V136) leads(More)
Both IgM and IgA exist as polymeric immunoglobulins. IgM is assembled into pentamers with J chain and hexamers lacking J chain. In contrast, polymeric IgA exists mostly as dimers with J chain. Both IgM and IgA possess an 18-amino acid extension of the C terminus (the tail-piece (tp)) that participates in polymerization through a penultimate cysteine(More)
PURPOSE Because of its role in cell cycle regulation and apoptosis, p53 may be involved in maintaining the post-mitotic state of the adult eye. To shed light on the role of p53 in retinal development and maintenance, this study investigated the pattern of expression of p53, its family members, and its regulators during the development of the mouse eye. (More)
Rhodopsin, a G-protein coupled receptor, most abundant protein in retinal rod photoreceptors, is glycosylated at asparagines-2 and 15 on its N-terminus. To understand the role of rhodopsin's glycosylation in vivo, we generated and characterized a transgenic mouse model that expresses a non-glycosylated form of rhodopsin. We show that lack of glycosylation(More)
Retinal cells become post-mitotic early during post-natal development. It is likely that p53, a well-known cell cycle regulator, is involved in regulating the genesis, differentiation and death of retinal cells. Furthermore, retinal cells are under constant oxidative stress that can result in DNA damage, due to the extremely high level of metabolic activity(More)
Immunoglobulin (Ig) A and IgG are the principal immune effector molecules at mucosal surfaces and in blood, respectively. Mucosal IgA is polymeric and bound to secretory component, whereas serum IgG is monomeric. We have now produced IgA2/IgG1 hybrid antibodies that combine the properties of IgA and IgG. Antibodies with Calpha3 at the end of the IgG H chain(More)
Since it was identified in 1979, p53 has been widely studied for its role in tumor suppression. It is mutated in approximately half of all human cancers, leading to aberrant cell growth. In addition to its role as a tumor suppressor, p53 is activated in response to various cell stress signals, including DNA damage and hypoxia. This activation leads to(More)
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