Mary R. Whitmore

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Our laboratory has recently developed a lipopolyplex consisting of DOTAP:cholesterol liposomes, protamine sulfate, and plasmid DNA (LPD) that provides improved systemic gene delivery compared with lipoplex following tail vein injection in mice. Because endothelial cells are the primary cells transfected in the lung, it was hypothesized that LPD might be an(More)
Cationic lipid-mediated intravenous gene delivery shows promise in treating pulmonary diseases including lung tumor metastases, pulmonary hypertension, and acute respiratory distress syndrome. Nevertheless, clinical applications of cationic lipidic vectors via intravenous administration are limited by their transient gene expression. In addition, repeated(More)
In inflammatory states, nitric oxide (.NO) may be synthesized from precursor L-arginine via inducible .NO synthase (iNOS) in large amounts for prolonged periods of time. When .NO acts as an effector molecule under these conditions, it may be toxic to cells by inhibition of iron-containing enzymes or initiation of DNA single-strand breaks. In contrast to(More)
P30P2MSP1(19) is a recombinant subunit vaccine derived from merozoite surface protein 1 (MSP1) of Plasmodium falciparum, the causative agent of malaria. P30P2MSP1(19) consists of two universal T-cell epitopes fused to the most C-terminal 19-kDa portion of MSP1, and this protein has previously shown promising potential as a vaccine for malaria. However,(More)
The promotion of breastfeeding has been established as a global public health issue. Despite this global agenda, breastfeeding initiation and duration rates remain low in many countries. The lack of provision of adequate support to the breastfeeding mother is an important contributory factor to shorter duration of breastfeeding. Health professionals and(More)
Growing acceptance that measurable improvements in public health, particularly in lower-income groups, could be achieved by increasing the incidence of breastfeeding has focused attention on the current lack of educational provision in breastfeeding issues for many health professionals. An audit of general practitioners in one area of northern England(More)
Self-reports of sexual arousal were significantly affected by conditions under which they were elicited. Such self-reports in women not taking oral contraceptives were congruent with a hormonal basis for such arousal only when the women were "unaware" that the study investigated sexual arousal as a function of the menstrual cycle. The "unaware" condition(More)
Breastfeeding peer support schemes in Blackpool and Lancashire work closely with midwifery and other partners to offer additional support and encouragement to breastfeeding mothers. Employed and volunteer peer supporters deliver a systematic service in target areas delivering workshops to pregnant mothers, supporting new mothers in hospital, including in(More)
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