Marina Rodgers

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4-Hydroxyphenylpyruvate dioxygenase (4HPPD) catalyzes the formation of homogentisate (2,5-dihydroxyphenylacetate) from p-hydroxyphenylpyruvate and molecular oxygen. In plants this enzyme activity is involved in two distinct metabolic processes, the biosynthesis of prenylquinones and the catabolism of tyrosine. We report here the molecular and biochemical(More)
This paper demonstrates how the polymerase chain reaction can be used to increase the sensitivity of detection of Leishmania parasites by DNA hybridization methods through the amplification of the minicircle target sequence. The oligonucleotide primers used are able to direct the amplification of all Leishmania strains tested. In addition, the PCR products(More)
Drug resistance is a major impediment to the effective treatment of parasitic diseases. The role of multidrug resistance (mdr) genes and their products in this drug resistance phenomenon, however, remains controversial. In order to determine whether mdr gene amplification and overexpression can be connected to a multidrug resistance phenotype in parasitic(More)
OBJECTIVE To further elucidate the immunopathogenesis of immune restoration diseases (IRD) in HIV patients responding to antiretroviral therapy and determine whether IRD associated with different opportunistic pathogens involve distinct immunopathological mechanisms. DESIGN DNA samples from patients with a range of IRD were typed for polymorphic loci in(More)
p-Hydroxyphenylpyruvate dioxygenase catalyses the transformation of p-hydroxyphenylpyruvate into homogentisate. In plants this enzyme has a crucial role because homogentisate is the aromatic precursor of all prenylquinones. Furthermore this enzyme was recently identified as the molecular target for new families of potent herbicides. In this study we examine(More)
Cell adhesion and signal transduction are coordinated processes that may be linked through regulatory elements such as actin-binding proteins. One such protein that may fulfill this role is coronin. In Dictyostelium discoideum, coronin is involved in cellular processes such as mitosis, cell motility, and phagocytosis. In addition, a human coronin, p57, has(More)
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