Melissa A Donovan

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The two cellular retinoic acid binding proteins, CRABP I and CRABP II, belong to a family of small cytosolic lipid binding proteins and are highly conserved during evolution. Both proteins are expressed during embryogenesis, particularly in the developing nervous system, craniofacial region and limb bud. CRABP I is also expressed in several adult tissues,(More)
Whole-blood propranolol concentrations were estimated for 12 hours after a single 80 mg oral dose was given in six patients taking cimetidine and two weeks after they had stopped the drug. Mean blood propranolol concentrations were higher throughout the sampling period when the patients were taking cimetidine than when they were not, and the difference was(More)
BACKGROUND Gait difficulties, tremors, and coordination difficulties are common features of Cockayne syndrome that are consequences of leukodystrophy, cerebellar atrophy, and demyelinating neuropathy, but no pharmacotherapy for these disabling symptoms is available. OBJECTIVE To determine whether carbidopa-levodopa relieves tremors and other motor(More)
Chromosomal numerical aberrations (CNAs), particularly regional amplifications and deletions, are a hallmark of solid tumor genomes. These genomic alterations carry the potential to convey etiologic and clinical significance by virtue of their clonality within a tumor cell population, their distinctive patterns in relation to tumor staging, and their(More)
The present study examined the expression and occurrence of different retinoid binding proteins in human first trimester and term placenta. At both stages, messenger RNA for the serum transport vehicle for retinol, retinol-binding protein (RBP), was detected only in decidual cells of the basal plate. In contrast, immunoreactive RBP (irRBP) was present in(More)
Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) is characterized by overexpression of epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) and loss of the tumor suppressors Ink4a/Arf. Efforts at modeling GBM using wild-type EGFR in mice have proven unsuccessful. Here, we present a unique mouse model of wild-type EGFR-driven gliomagenesis. We used a combination of somatic conditional(More)
Chromosomal numerical aberrations (CNAs), particularly regional amplifications and deletions, are a hallmark of solid tumor genomes. These genomic alterations carry the potential to convey etiologic and clinical significance by virtue of their clonality within a tumor cell population, their distinctive patterns in relation to tumor staging, and their(More)
An acid proteinase has been detected in culture supernate of the 9.2.27 murine hybridoma. This enzyme extensively degrades albumin and transferrin during short incubations at pH 3 and below. Limited proteolysis of the 9.2.27 IgG2a appears to occur in the culture supernate. Proteolysis in enhanced at low pH in the presence of urea or 1 M acetic acid. The(More)
This case study describes an abdominal aortic injury and lumbar vertebral body fracture after blunt trauma. Abdominal aortic pseudoaneurysm is a rare complication of blunt abdominal trauma. Recent data reveal seven other reports in the literature. We describe a case of an inframesocolic abdominal aortic injury and lumbar vertebral body fracture from blunt(More)