Megan M. Cartwright

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The ability of both acute and chronic ethanol exposures to elicit cell death within specific embryonic and adult tissues is believed to partly underlie ethanol's pathogenicity; however, the mechanism underlying this cell death is unknown. This study partially characterized the mechanism of ethanol-induced neural crest cell death in a chick embryo model of(More)
Fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) is characterized by growth retardation, craniofacial malformations, and heart and neural defects; the cellular and molecular mechanism(s) responsible for ethanol's teratogenicity remains unknown. Although the phenotype suggests that prenatal ethanol exposure perturbs neural crest cell development, direct proof that these cells(More)
Fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) is characterized by growth retardation, mental deficiencies, and numerous craniofacial and neuronal anomalies; the type and severity of these defects may be related to the time and dose of maternal ethanol exposure. Ethanol administered during presomitic stages results in the typical FAS craniofacial phenotype and is accompanied(More)
Apoptosis is the process by which cells activate a specific program that results in the cell’s destruction (1). Many apoptosis detection protocols take advantage of unique cellular events during this progression, the most frequent of which is endonuclease activation and the subsequent DNA cleavage into endonucleosome-sized fragments. The oligonucleosomes(More)
BACKGROUND Understanding the basis for ethanol's teratogenic effects may inform the etiology of fetal alcohol syndrome. Here we investigate how genetic background and susceptibility to ethanol-induced neural crest apoptosis contribute to the distinctive craniofacial phenotype observed after prenatal alcohol exposure. METHODS Nine different chick strains(More)
Unlike many localized infections, the development and resolution of bacteremia involves physical and immunological interactions between many anatomic sites. In an effort to better understand these interactions, we developed a computational model of bacteremia as a dynamical system fashioned after multicompartmental pharmacodynamic models, incorporating(More)
Inhalation of multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) during their manufacture or incorporation into various commercial products may cause lung inflammation, fibrosis, and oxidative stress in exposed workers. Some workers may be more susceptible to these effects because of differences in their ability to synthesize the major antioxidant and immune system(More)
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