Mary G Harrington

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BACKGROUND There is no practical and reliable premortem test for Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease and the related transmissible spongiform encephalopathies. Two proteins, designated 130 and 131, which have been detected in low concentrations in cerebrospinal fluid from patients with Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, appear to be sensitive and specific markers for the(More)
A two-dimensional gel elctrophoresis protocol has been developed which provides for a 1.5-to 3-fold increase in the resolution of proteins compared to other frequently used methods. The major variations from previous protocols include increased pore size in the isoelectric focusing gels; cholamidopropyldimethylhydroxypropanesulfonate, a zwitterionic(More)
In this paper we present a structural and functional characterization of a new sea urchin embryo transcription factor, SpRunt-1. This factor was isolated by means of its specific interaction with a cis-regulatory target site of the CyIIIa gene. Here we show that this target site, the P7I site, is required for normal embryonic activation of CyIIIa x CAT(More)
Overweight and obesity are associated with increased morbidity and mortality, although the range of body weights that is optimal for health is controversial. It is less clear whether weight loss benefits longevity and hence whether weight reduction is justified as a prime goal for all individuals who are overweight (normally defined as BMI>25 kg/m2). The(More)
A prominent human cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) protein, P5, identified at mass 19-24 kDa and charge 5.5, by two-dimensional electrophoresis (2DE) and silver staining, has been previously demonstrated to be reduced in quantity in the CSF of patients with multiple sclerosis and schizophrenia. We report the purification and partial amino acid sequences from five(More)
The CyIIIa actin gene of Strongylocentrotus purpuratus is transcribed exclusively in the embryonic aboral ectoderm, under the control of 2.3 kb cis-regulatory domain that contains a proximal module that controls expression in early embryogenesis, and a middle module that controls expression in later embryogenesis. Previous studies demonstrated that the(More)
We studied more than 300 cerebrospinal fluid proteins from 21 patients with Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. We also examined cerebrospinal fluid from 100 normal controls and more than 400 patients with various neurologic disorders other than Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. Four abnormal proteins that were identified in the patients with Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease were(More)
Our aim was to determine changes in free amino acid (FAA) and dipeptide (DP) concentrations in probable Alzheimer’s disease (pAD) subjects compared with control (CT) subjects using liquid chromatography and electrospray ionization tandem mass spectrometry (LCMS2). We recruited gender- and age-matched study participants based on neurological and(More)
Our aim was to develop a liquid chromatography and electrospray ionization tandem mass spectrometry (LCMS2) method to measure free amino acid (FAA) and dipeptide (DP) concentrations in biological fluids. We synthesized chloroformate derivatives of FAA and DP, identified the major precursor ions and used LCMS2 to obtain the most intense product ions. Using(More)