Meghan McCord

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Gangliosides have been shown to be necessary for beta-amyloid (Abeta) binding and aggregation. GD3 synthase (GD3S) is responsible for biosynthesis of the b- and c-series gangliosides, including two of the four major brain gangliosides. We examined Abeta-ganglioside interactions in neural tissue from mice lacking the gene coding for GD3S (St8sia1), and in a(More)
The U3 and U5 termini of linear retrovirus DNA contain imperfect inverted repeats that are necessary for the concerted insertion of the termini into the host chromosome by viral integrase. Avian myeloblastosis virus integrase can efficiently insert the termini of retrovirus-like DNA donor substrates (480 base pairs) by a concerted mechanism (full-site(More)
Consumption of a diet that significantly elevates homocysteine (homocysteinemia) induces cell death in the CA3 hippocampal subfield in amyloid precursor protein (APP) over-expressing transgenic mice but not in wild-type controls. We assessed behavioral and other neuropathological effects of a homocysteinemia-inducing diet in aged APP-overexpressing mice.(More)
We report the efficient concerted integration of a linear virus-like DNA donor into a 2.8 kbp circular DNA target by integrase (IN) purified from avian myeloblastosis virus. The donor was 528 bp, contained recessed 3' OH ends, was 5' end labeled, and had a unique restriction site not found in the target. Analysis of concerted (full-site) and half-site(More)
Superoxide dismutase or derivatives thereof have been shown to be potent anti-inflammatory agents in several models of induced inflammation. In all cases, the anti-inflammatory effects included a marked suppression of the accumulation of inflammatory cells at the site of the potential lesion, suggesting a role for the superoxide radical in the chemotaxis(More)
Recombinant Rous sarcoma virus integrase cloned from the Prague A (PrA) virus strain was expressed in Escherichia coli. Here we report the detailed purification procedure resulting in an apparently homogeneous integrase. Recombinant PrA integrase was compared at both the protein structural and the catalytic levels to avian myeloblastosis virus integrase(More)
Integration of linear retrovirus DNA involves the concerted insertion of the viral termini (full-site integration) into the host chromosome. We investigated the interactions that occur between long terminal repeat (LTR) termini bound by avian retrovirus integrase (IN) for full-site integration in vitro. Wild-type (wt) or mutant LTR donors that possess(More)
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