Mark A. Wong

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Podocytes are highly specialized cells that make up a major portion of the glomerular filtration barrier in the kidney. They are also believed to play a pivotal role in the progression of chronic renal disease due to diverse causes that include diabetes (3, 20, 24) and aging (1, 7). Despite the importance of podocytes for kidney function and disease,(More)
Podocytes (glomerular visceral epithelial cells) are highly specialized cells that are found in the renal glomerulus and make up a major portion of the filtration barrier between the blood and urinary spaces. Recently, the identification of a number of genes responsible for both autosomal dominant and recessive forms of human nephrotic syndrome has provided(More)
Intramuscular (i.m.) injection of plasmids followed by electropermeabilization is an efficient process to deliver genes into skeletal myofibers that permits proteins to be produced and secreted at therapeutically relevant levels. To further improve skeletal muscle as a bioreactor, we identified a formulation that elevates transgene expression in myofibers(More)
A method has been developed for the analysis of hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) antigenic structure at the molecular level that creates "fingerprints" or "signatures" of various hepatitis B viral (HBV) strains. This technique employs high affinity IgM and IgG monoclonal antibodies (anti-HBs) directed against distinct and separate determinants on HBsAg.(More)
An information-theoretic method of low-level multi-INT sensor fusion is presented, the end product of which is the entropic map, i.e. a collection of Gaussian clusters of information relevant to a given target signature formed over a geographical basis. The method is designed to be computationally efficient with minimal side-information. To that end, an(More)
A cell line that secretes substantial quantities of recombinant human prorenin was prepared by transfecting Chinese hamster ovary cells with a gene encoding preprorenin. The prorenin was purified to homogeneity and was found to have a single amino terminus, reflecting cleavage after a typical 23 amino acid signal sequence. The purified inactive prorenin was(More)
umlsim extends user-mode Linux (UML) with an event-driven simulation engine and other instrumentation needed for deterministically controlling the flow of time as seen by the UML kernel and applications running under it. umlsim will be useful for a wide range of applications in research and kernel development, including simulations involving the networking(More)
Chinese hamster ovary (CHO) cells, transfected with a vector containing cDNA coding for preprorenin, have been shown to secrete authentic prorenin into the culture supernatant. Purification of the expressed prorenin and purification of active renin, generated by solid-phase trypsin treatment of the conditioned media, have been achieved by conventional(More)
An approach has been developed for the analysis of hepatitis B viral (HBV) antigenic structure that creates numerical "signatures" of HBV strains. This technique employs high-affinity IgM and IgG monoclonal antibodies (anti-HBsAg) directed toward distinct and separate determinants on hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg). Such antibodies have been used to(More)