Lisa Ferland

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Transcription of proto-oncogene fos is induced by elevated levels of intracellular cAMP. We report that human c-fos promoter recombinants transfected into rat pheochromocytoma cells (PC12) and human choriocarcinoma cells (JEG-3) are induced by stimulation of adenylate cyclase and that this induction is diminished considerably in the mutant PC12 cell line(More)
We identified and characterized elements which confer tissue specificity and cyclic AMP (cAMP) responsiveness to the human glycoprotein alpha-subunit gene. An enhancer containing an 18-base-pair repeat conferred cAMP responsiveness in a non-tissue-specific fashion. DNase I protection assays revealed DNA-binding factors that bound to this element in both(More)
An automated rare event detection system (Rare Event Imaging System) is described for the recognition of cancer cells that appear at low frequencies (1 in 1 million) in peripheral blood (PB) or bone marrow (BM). The instrumentation includes an automated fluorescence microscope (Nikon Microphot-FXA) with a cooled charge coupled device camera and a 60-MHz(More)
We describe the molecular cloning and characterization of a novel giant human cytoplasmic protein, trabeculin-alpha (M(r) = 614,000). Analysis of the deduced amino acid sequence reveals homologies with several putative functional domains, including a pair of alpha-actinin-like actin binding domains; regions of homology to plakins at either end of the giant(More)
The rad17 gene of Schizosaccharomyces pombe plays an important role as a checkpoint protein following DNA damage and during DNA replication. The human homologue of S. pombe rad17, Hrad17, was recently identified, but its function has not yet been established. Using the yeast two-hybrid system, we determined that HRad17 can interact with a nucleolar protein,(More)
Injection of the opiate antagonist naloxone completely prevented the rise of serum prolactin induced by ether stress in intact male rats. Naloxone also led to a 50--95% inhibition of the marked elevation of plasma prolactin levels induced by suckling. These data suggest that endogenous opiates (endorphins) are involved in the stimulation of prolactin(More)
The localization of various neuropeptides is described in the gut and in the hypothalamus in the rat. Evidence is given for the presence of material resembling corticotropin-like intermediate peptide in arcuate and periarcuate neurons, projecting to various hypothalamic nuclei, limbic areas and the thalamus. beta-Endorphin and glucagon decrease dopamine(More)
To evaluate whether catabolic levels of glucocorticoids activate the ubiquitin pathway in conjunction with their known proteolytic effect in skeletal muscle, rats were injected daily with corticosterone (CTC; 10 mg/100 g body wt) for 7 days. Two peaks of urinary excretion of 3-methylhistidine (3-MH), a specific marker of myofibrillar proteolysis, were(More)