Michael E. Bradley

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Prions are self-propagating protein conformations. Recent research brought insight into prion propagation, but how they first appear is unknown. We previously established that the yeast non-Mendelian trait [PIN(+)] is required for the de novo appearance of the [PSI(+)] prion. Here, we show that the presence of prions formed by Rnq1 or Ure2 is sufficient to(More)
BACKGROUND Uterine smooth muscle cells exhibit ionic currents that appear to be important in the control of uterine contractility, but how these currents might produce the changes in contractile activity seen in pregnant myometrium has not been established. There are conflicting reports concerning the role of voltage-gated potassium (Kv) channels and(More)
Potent viral promoters/enhancers are often used to achieve high level expression of ectopic genes in transient transfection analysis. By using a GAL4-responsive transcription assay system, we show that the use of potent eukaryotic expression vectors can lead to biased transcriptional effects. Three functionally diverse transcription factors, YY1, SRF and(More)
The muscarinic acetylcholine receptor (MAChR) is an important mediator of parasympathetic regulation of secretion by the rat exorbital lacrimal gland. In order to survey the subcellular distribution of MAChR in lacrimal acinar cells, we have measured the binding of the specific muscarinic cholinergic antagonist [3H]-quinuclidinyl benzilate ([3H]-QNB) to(More)
A series of experiments was conducted to study the effect of systemic intravenous administration of lidocaine on neurological recovery after acute experimental spinal cord injury in cats. The spinal cord was injured by the rapid inflation of an epidural balloon at T-6. The physiological integrity of the spinal cord ceased within 2 seconds in all animals, as(More)
The rabbit has been a useful model for in vivo studies of the pharmacologic control of lacrimal gland fluid secretion. However, by contrast with rodent exorbital lacrimal glands, the rabbit lacrimal gland has not been subjected to detailed cellular, subcellular, or biochemical analyses. Procedures were developed to isolate rabbit lacrimal acini by(More)
We have attempted to isolate samples of apical and basal-lateral plasma membranes from cultured fetal human RPE. Cells from confluent, dome-forming cultures were disrupted with a Dounce apparatus. Nuclei and melanin granules were sedimented by centrifugation at 2600 g for 10 min. The supernates were layered over gradients of 17.5-65% sorbitol and(More)
On 1 November 1989 the first confirmed case of rabies in a polar bear (Ursus maritimus) was encountered by Inuit hunters in the vicinity of Cape Kendall, Southampton Island, Northwest Territories (Canada). The adult male polar bear had posterior paralysis. Rabies was detected by mouse inoculation and a positive immunoperoxidase reaction on spinal cord and(More)
To test the possibility that stimulation of secretion leads Na,K-ATPase to be recruited from cytoplasmic pools and inserted into basal-lateral plasma membranes, we surveyed the subcellular distributions of Na,K-ATPase in resting and stimulated fragments of rat exorbital lacrimal gland. After a two-dimensional separation procedure based on differential(More)
To investigate possible approaches to the prevention and treatment of neural damage induced by air embolism and other forms of acute cerebral ischemia, a model was used in which cerebral air embolism was produced by infusion of air (0.4 ml) into a vertebral artery of chloralose-anesthetized cats. Neurological function was assessed by measuring cortical(More)