Melissa M. Mueller

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Previously, we showed that the HNK-1 carbohydrate epitope is expressed on aggrecan synthesized in the notochord but not in mature cartilage. In the present study, we demonstrate that in immature cartilage (embryonic day 6) the HNK-1 epitope is also expressed predominantly on aggrecan proteoglycan molecules. This finding was verified by using an(More)
Expression of the extracellular proteoglycan aggrecan is both cell-specific and developmentally regulated. Previous studies identified six functionally defined cis elements in the aggrecan promoter region which were shown to repress aggrecan gene expression (1). Using competition electrophoretic mobility shift assays (EMSAs) we have now identified in(More)
Rocky Mountain spotted fever is caused by Rickettsia rickettsii infection. R. rickettsii can be transmitted to mammals, including humans, through the bite of an infected hard-bodied tick of the family Ixodidae. Since the R. rickettsii genome contains only one cold-shock-like protein and given the essential nature of cold-shock proteins in other bacteria,(More)
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