Michele C. Connelly

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Medulloblastoma is the most common malignant pediatric brain tumor. Current treatment is associated with major long-term side effects; therefore, new nontoxic therapies, targeting specific molecular defects in this cancer, need to be developed. We use a mouse model of medulloblastoma to show that inhibition of the Sonic Hedgehog (Shh) pathway provides a(More)
Medulloblastoma is the most common malignant pediatric brain tumor. In mice, Ptc1 haploinsufficiency and disruption of DNA repair (DNA ligase IV inactivation) or cell cycle regulation (Kip1, Ink4d, or Ink4c inactivation), in conjunction with p53 dysfunction, predispose to medulloblastoma. To identify genes important for this tumor, we evaluated gene(More)
Dideoxynucleosides, which are potent inhibitors of HIV reverse transcriptase and other viral DNA polymerases, are a common component of highly active anti-retroviral therapy (HAART) (ref. 1). Six reverse transcriptase inhibitors have been approved for human use: azidothymidine; 2'3'-dideoxycytidine; 2'3'-dideoxyinosine; 2', 3'-didehydro-3'deoxythymidine;(More)
PURPOSE This study was designed to investigate the biological and therapeutic significance of ERBB1, ERBB2, ERBB3, and ERBB4 in childhood ependymoma. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN The expression frequency and clinical significance of ERBB1-4 was analyzed in a large cohort of pediatric ependymoma (n = 121) using immunohistochemistry, Western blotting, and reverse(More)
Malaria caused by Plasmodium falciparum is a disease that is responsible for 880,000 deaths per year worldwide. Vaccine development has proved difficult and resistance has emerged for most antimalarial drugs. To discover new antimalarial chemotypes, we have used a phenotypic forward chemical genetic approach to assay 309,474 chemicals. Here we disclose(More)
The pathways of 2',3'-dideoxyadenosine (ddAdo) metabolism, a selective inhibitor of the replication of human immunodeficiency virus, were investigated with use of the human T-lymphoid cell line CCRF-CEM which is deficient in either deoxycytidine kinase or adenosine kinase activity, or both. At an extracellular concentration of 10 microM, which blocks the(More)
9-(2-Phosphonylmethoxyethyl)adenine (PMEA) is a new antiviral agent with activity against herpes viruses and retroviruses, including human immunodeficiency virus, but its metabolism and mechanism of action remain unclear. We have isolated a human T lymphoid cell line (CEMr-1) that is resistant to the antiproliferative effects of PMEA. The antiviral effects(More)
The presence of phospholipase A2 (PLA2) significantly increased the association between Trypanosoma cruzi and macrophages. This effect reflected alterations to the parasite membrane since it was reproduced only when the parasite but not the macrophage was pretreated with PLA2. That PLA2 activity was responsible for the noted enhancement was indicated by the(More)
We have discovered that 3,3',5-triiodothyronine (T3) inhibits binding of a PIP-box sequence peptide to proliferating cell nuclear antigen (PCNA) protein by competing for the same binding site, as evidenced by the co-crystal structure of the PCNA-T3 complex at 2.1 Å resolution. Based on this observation, we have designed a novel, non-peptide small molecule(More)
Cancers are characterized by non-random chromosome copy number alterations that presumably contain oncogenes and tumor-suppressor genes (TSGs). The affected loci are often large, making it difficult to pinpoint which genes are driving the cancer. Here we report a cross-species in vivo screen of 84 candidate oncogenes and 39 candidate TSGs, located within 28(More)