Michael P Fons

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Peripheral blood mononuclear lymphocytes (PBL) from thermal injury patients were examined for their ability to mediate natural killer (NK) cell activity against K562 tumour cells and against herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) infected Raji tumour cells. Using fluorescein isothiocyanate-conjugated monoclonal antibodies, the number of T3, T4, T8, Leu11, and(More)
The effect on cellular (c) oncogene RNA levels was investigated after infection of permissive cells with cell culture adapted strains (AD-169, C-87, Davis) and unadapted clinical isolates (82-1, 84-2, 85-1) of human cytomegalovirus (HCMV). The results indicate that both adapted and unadapted strains of HCMV induce substantial increases in c-oncogene RNA(More)
A possible relationship between net Na+ entry and the development of CMV-induced cytomegaly (cell enlargement) was investigated in human fibroblasts derived from skin-muscle and thyroid tissue. We found that inhibiting cellular Na+ uptake, either by pharmacological means (amiloride, an inhibitor of Na+/H+ exchange) or by replacement of extracellular Na+ (by(More)
The effects of selected DNA repair inhibitors on the frequency of human cytomegalovirus (HCMV)-induced chromosome aberrations were evaluated in human peripheral blood lymphocytes (PBLs). Treatment of HCMV-infected PBLs with camptothecin (0.05 to 0.3 micrograms/ml), an inhibitor of topoisomerase I, for 30 hr resulted in a significant (P less than 0.01)(More)
Infection of permissive human embryo fibroblasts (MRC-5) with human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) increased the number of copies of the Na+,K(+)-ATPase (the Na+ pump) in the plasma membrane, measured as ouabain-binding sites. The increase was preceded by cell enlargement by about 24 hr, becoming significant between 48 and 72 hr after infection. Reduction in Na+ or(More)
Human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) has been shown to increase the frequency of chromosome aberrations, primarily chromatid-type, in human peripheral blood lymphocytes (PBLs). Because HCMV persists in most humans, pathologically activates cells, and may perturb the cell cycle, we investigated the possibility that HCMV-infected cells have a modified sensitivity to(More)
The modulating effect of acute exposure to NiCl2 on the induction of chromosome aberrations by a model carcinogen, benzo[a]pyrene (B[a]P), was examined in Chinese hamster V79 lung cells. At concentrations up to 20 microg/ml (84.2 microM), NiCl2 did not significantly increase the frequency of chromosome aberrations in V79 cells when the cells were exposed(More)
Electropermeabilization of mammalian cells is a technique that has been used for the delivery of therapeutics, such as DNA plasmids or DNA vaccines. Typically, delivery via electropermeabilization occurs through injection of the substance into the tissue of interest followed by the insertion of electrodes at the site and the application of brief electrical(More)