Michael Dockter

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A long-sought goal of medical genetics has been development of prenatal diagnostic procedures that do not endanger the conceptus. Reliable and universal screening for cytogenetic disorders would require analysis of fetal cells isolated from the maternal circulation. This would be applicable to all pregnant women, irrespective of their ages or histories. In(More)
Terbium, a trivalent lanthanide, effectively substituted for Ca2+ in calmodulin as judged by several criteria: intrinsic fluorescence spectra, altered mobilities on polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis, formation of a stable complex with troponin I or calcineurin, and stimulation of phosphodiesterase. Calmodulin harbors four Ca2+ binding domains; domains I(More)
The density and size of human erythrocytes has been roughly correlated with cell age, with the denser and smaller cells being older. Observations of this type have led to a hypothesis that the membranes of circulating erythrocytes are dynamic with respect to composition and that material is lost from the membrane during cell maturation and circulation. In(More)
M proteins, the major virulence factor of group A streptococci, have been implicated in the pathogenesis of acute rheumatic fever (ARF) and other streptococcal related autoimmune diseases. A 22-kD fragment of M type 5 protein is a potent stimulant of human T cells and has recently been shown by our laboratory to belong to the newly designated family of(More)
Activated macrophages release cytokines and growth factors that may contribute to the growth of vascular smooth muscle cells in injured blood vessels. In the present study, we investigated the interactions between interleukin-1 beta (IL-1 beta) and basic fibroblast growth factor (FGF-2) in primary rat aortic smooth muscle cells, relative to their effects on(More)
The clinical course of 14 patients diagnosed with small cell carcinoma of the cervix (SCC) was reviewed and compared to that of 37 cases of undifferentiated large cell nonkeratonizing carcinoma (LCNK). We observed the following differences between the two: SCC patients had a higher incidence of pelvic wall involvement and distant metastasis; the development(More)
Flow cytometric analysis (FCA) and silver colloidal nucleolar organizer region-associated protein staining (AgNOR) have been used individually in assessing the histopathologic nature of various human tumors. However, few researchers have investigated the relationship between the two techniques in a single series. In a retrospective study, we examined 36(More)
The biological properties of Streptococcus pyogenes M protein cloned and expressed in S. sanguis were investigated. The spm-5 gene previously cloned into Escherichia coli was subcloned into the E. coli-S. sanguis shuttle plasmid pVA838 to produce a newly constructed plasmid, pBK100. Cells of S. sanguis transformed with pBK100 expressed 53-, 55-, and(More)
Two lectins have been isolated: one from the venom of Lachesis muta (bushmaster lectin) and one from Dendroaspis jamesonii venom (Jameson's mamba lectin). The lectin from bushmaster venom (BML) is similar to the lactose-binding lectins previously isolated from snake venoms (Gartner et al. (1980) FEBS Lett. 117, 13-16; Gartner & Ogilvie (1984) Biochem. J.(More)