Mami Shields

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The purpose of this study was to compare and contrast two enzyme immunoassay systems: the enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA), which utilizes polystyrene microtiter plates as the adsorptive surface and the enzyme-linked immunoflow assay (ELIFA), which utilizes nitrocellulose membranes. The principal parameter under scrutiny was the denaturing or(More)
The human mayor histocompatibility complex class I molecule HLA-A2 preferentially binds peptides that contain Leu at P2 and Val or Leu at the C terminus. The other amino acids in the peptide also contribute to binding positively or negatively. It is possible to estimate the binding stability of HLA-A2 complexes containing particular peptides by applying(More)
Although C-reactive protein (CRP) has been studied for over 60 years, the in vivo function of this acute-phase reactant has not been clearly defined. The literature on CRP has been divided here into three categories: the cyclic, pentameric blood-borne form of CRP termed 'native' CRP which has activities mainly associated with the resolution of inflammation,(More)
Although the infant mortality rate in Louisiana has decreased, Louisiana still has one of the highest infant mortality rates in the nation. Two-thirds of the infant deaths occur in the neonatal period (birth through 28 days of age). The primary factor associated with death in the neonatal period is low birth weight. However, the likelihood of survival for(More)
A leukemic cell line, A1, derived from a child with acute lymphoblastic leukemia was observed to have early B-cell lineage. When irradiated A1 cells were cultured with normal bone marrow cells in presence of recombinant erythropoietin (rhEPO), it stimulated burst forming unit erythroid (BFU-E). In order to determine if other leukemia cells or cell lines(More)
A detoxification regimen has been found to be safe for use by individuals exposed to recreational (abused) and medical drugs, patent medicines, occupational and environmental chemicals. Patients with high blood pressure had a mean reduction of 30.8 mm systolic, 23.3 mm diastolic. Cholesterol level mean reduction was 19.5 mg/100ml, while triglycerides did(More)
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