Michele Pallai

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Mitogen stimulation of human lymphocytes was used to study the expression of several amino acid transport systems in response to cell growth. Resting lymphocytes possess detectable neutral amino acid transport systems which can be activated by the mitogen, phytohemagglutinin (PHA). Sodium-independent transport of 2-aminobicyclo (2,2,1) heptane 2-carboxylic(More)
Methionine-auxotrophic L1210 cells were used to study the effect of methotrexate (MTX) on methionine utake and metabolism. MTX was shown to inhibit amino acid transport systems and cause a decrease of methionine uptake into L1210 cells. Conversely, a nonmetabolizable amino acid analogue reduced MTX uptake into L1210 cells. MTX also blocked the transfer of(More)
We studied twin brothers who met all diagnostic criteria for the Kearns-Sayre syndrome (KSS). The twins reinforce the view that KSS is a specific syndrome. They raise the possibility that the condition is inherited as a lethal dominant trait, a mode of inheritance that explains the observed paucity of familial cases. However, these cases do not exclude the(More)
A mouse L1210 leukemia cell line was made 25-fold resistant to methotrexate (MTX) and had altered methionine transport and metabolism. L1210 cells resistant to methotrexate also had a 50-fold decrease in the exogenous methionine requirement for optimal cell growth compared to the parent cells. This change in methionine requirement was associated with(More)
HLA molecular typing for celiac disease (CD) is a genetic test with a high negative predictive value. The aim of this study is to explore knowledge of and attitudes towards genetic testing (GT). A 25-item questionnaire was developed by a multidisciplinary team and distributed to members of CD support groups across the United States. Respondents (n = 1835)(More)
We report here an evaluation of 55 pregnancies at risk for a sickle hemoglobinopathy prenatally diagnosed by restriction-endonuclease analysis, with the endonucleases MstII and HpaI, of amniocyte DNA. The diagnosis was completed in all cases. Eleven fetuses were predicted to be affected, of which six were terminated. Forty-one of the 55 cases were(More)
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