Michael W. Conner

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In several pedigrees of early onset familial Alzheimer's disease (FAD), point mutations in the beta-amyloid precursor protein (APP) gene are genetically linked to the disease. This finding implicates APP in the pathogenesis of Alzheimer's disease in these individuals. To understand the in vivo function of APP and its processing, we have generated an(More)
Intratracheal instillation (IT) of bleomycin is a widely used experimental model for lung fibrosis. In this study we describe the time-course of bleomycin-induced lung fibrosis in mice using computer-assisted morphometry. C57Bl/6J mice were treated with a single IT dose of bleomycin or control saline. Animals were killed 3, 6, 14 and 21 days post-IT. Lung(More)
For Ras oncoproteins to transform mammalian cells, they must be post-translationally modified with a farnesyl group in a reaction catalysed by the enzyme farnesyl-protein transferase (FPTase). Inhibitors of FPTase have therefore been proposed as anti-cancer agents. We show that L-744,832, which mimics the CaaX motif to which the farnesyl group is added, is(More)
A role for peroxisome proliferator-activated receptors, PPAR gamma and PPAR alpha, as regulators of energy homeostasis and lipid metabolism, has been suggested. Recently, three distinct uncoupling protein isoforms, UCP-1, UCP-2, and UCP-3, have also been identified and implicated as mediators of thermogenesis. Here, we examined whether in vivo PPAR gamma or(More)
The farnesyltransferase inhibitor L-744,832 selectively blocks the transformed phenotype of cultured cells expressing a mutated H-ras gene and induces dramatic regression of mammary and salivary carcinomas in mouse mammary tumor virus (MMTV)-v-Ha-ras transgenic mice. To better understand how the farnesyltransferase inhibitors might be used in the treatment(More)
The posttranslational addition of a farnesyl moiety to the Ras oncoprotein is essential for its transforming activity. Cell-active inhibitors of the enzyme that catalyzes this reaction, protein farnesyltransferase, have been shown to selectively block ras-dependent transformation of cells in culture. Here we describe the protein farnesyltransferase(More)
This study evaluated the effect of cyclosporin-A (CyA), a potent immunosuppressive drug, on Bleomycin (Bleo)-induced pulmonary inflammation in hamsters. Pulmonary injury was induced by a single intratracheal (i.t.) instillation of Bleo. Four groups of 10 male Syrian hamsters each received one of four treatments: (1) i.t. Bleo and daily intraperitoneal(More)
Protein prenylation, adding either the 15-carbon isoprenoid farnesyl or the 20-carbon isoprenoid geranylgeranyl to cysteine residue(s) at or near the C-termini of proteins, is a recently identified post-translational modification that localizes some proteins to a membrane compartment. One of the most intensely studied prenylated proteins is Ras, a low(More)