Melanie E Deford

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The cDNA encoding murine coagulation factor X (fX) was isolated and reconstructed from a lambdaZap cDNA library generated from murine liver mRNA. The cDNA contains 1486 bases starting at the 5'-translation initiation codon. It includes an open reading frame of 1443 nucleotides, followed by an 18 residue 3' nontranslated sequence downstream of the first stop(More)
Angiogenesis is a complex process that involves endothelial cell proliferation, migration, basement membrane degradation, and neovessel organization. Angiostatin, consisting of four homologous triple-disulfide bridged kringle domains, has previously been shown to exhibit profound inhibition of endothelial cell proliferation in vitro and angiogenesis in(More)
Bleomycin is an antineoplastic drug commonly used for the treatment of many carcinomas and lymphomas. Its toxic side effect on lung tissue is a major limitation to its use, with approximately 3-5% of patients affected. Although the number of affected patients is small, the damage incurred by bleomycin in these patients is often irreversible and, at times,(More)
Angiogenesis is a multi-step process that includes endothelial cell proliferation, migration, basement membrane degradation, and new lumen organization. Angiostatin, an internal fragment of plasminogen comprising the first four triple disulfide-linked kringle structures, is one of the most potent endogenous angiogenesis inhibitors described to date. The(More)
Transcriptional profiling of APC(Min/+) mouse intestinal epithelial tissue has revealed that cathepsin E (catE) manifests high relative expression in adenomas and carcinomas relative to normal epithelium. Real-time RT-PCR data presented previously confirm the presence of catE transcript in APC(Min/+) adenomatous cells compared with samples derived from(More)
Streptokinase (SK) binds to plasminogen (Pg) to form a complex that converts substrate Pg to plasmin. Residues 1-59 of SK regulate its capacity to induce an active site in bound Pg by a nonproteolytic mechanism and to activate substrate Pg in a fibrin-independent manner. We analyzed 24 SK mutants to better define the functional properties of SK-(1-59).(More)
In addition to their well-known roles in hemostasis, fibrinogen (Fg) and fibrin (Fn) have been implicated in a number of other physiological and pathophysiological events. One of these involves the fibroproliferative response after acute lung injury, which is the focus of the current study. Mice with a total Fg deficiency (FG(-/-)) were generated by(More)
The kringle 2 (K2) domain of tissue-type plasminogen activator (tPA) has been expressed in Pichia pastoris cell lines GSI 15 and KM71. This construct contained a hexahistidine sequence at the C-terminus of the kringle to aid in purification by immobilized metalion-affinity chromatography. The exact amino acid sequence of the isolated kringle was(More)
The trend in conducting successful biomedical research is shifting from individual academic labs to coordinated collaborative research teams. Teams of experienced investigators with a wide variety of expertise are now critical for developing and maintaining a successful, productive research program. However, assembling a team whose members have the right(More)
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