Michael B. Morgan

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BACKGROUND Cutaneous tumor metastasis may be the first manifestation of cancer, but more often is a harbinger of advanced disease that portends an ominous prognosis. All skin accessions over the past 10 years from a large Veterans Administration (VA) hospital were reviewed. METHODS Archived histories, glass slides, and the immunohistochemical battery(More)
The development of a cDNA array of coral genes and its application to investigate changes in coral gene expression associated with stressful conditions is described. The array includes both well-characterized and previously unidentified coral genes from Acropora cervicornis and Montastraea faveolata. Corals were exposed to either natural or anthropogenic(More)
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The Cre-lox site-specific recombination system of bacteriophage P1 was used to excise a firefly luciferase (luc) gene which had previously been incorporated into the tobacco genome. The excision event was due to site-specific DNA recombination between two lox sequences flanking the luc gene and was catalyzed by the Cre recombinase introduced by(More)
The peptide hormone ghrelin is known to be present within stomach and, to a lesser extent, elsewhere in gut. Although reports suggest that gastric function may be modulated by ghrelin acting via the vagus nerve, the gastrointestinal distribution and functions of its receptor, the growth hormone secretagogue receptor (GHS-R), are not clear and may show signs(More)
BACKGROUND Pilomatrix carcinoma is a rare cutaneous tumor derived from follicular matrix cells with few cases documented in the literature. OBJECTIVE We sought to better characterize this tumor by analyzing its epidemiologic, clinical, and histopathologic features in 13 new cases and by reviewing the literature. METHODS All cases of pilomatrix carcinoma(More)
Recent studies have shown that genetic deficiency of the adipocyte fatty acid-binding protein (aP2) results in minor alterations of plasma lipids and adipocyte development but provides significant protection from dietary obesity-induced hyperinsulinemia and insulin resistance. To identify potential mechanisms responsible for this phenotype, we examined(More)
BACKGROUND Ets-1 oncoprotein is a transcription factor known to regulate the expression of numerous genes important in extracellular matrix remodeling and angiogenesis. Up-regulation of Ets-1 has been shown to be important in a variety of human malignancies and to correlate with prognosis. To our knowledge, this oncoprotein has not been examined in(More)
We present a method for detecting rapid changes in coral gene expression at the messenger ribonucleic acid (mRNA) level. The staghorn coral Acropora cervicornis was exposed to 1 and 10 microg/L permethrin and 25 and 50 microg/L copper for 4 h. Using differential display polymerase chain reaction (PCR), mRNA associated with each toxicant exposure were(More)