Michelle S. Tom

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Daily rhythms of melatonin production are controlled by changes in the activity of arylalkylamine-N-acetyltransferase (AANAT). Zebrafish possess two aanats, aanat1 and aanat2; the former is expressed only in the retina and the latter is expressed in both the retina and the pineal gland. Here, their differential expression and regulation were studied using(More)
Verapamil inhibits tri-iodothyronine (T3) efflux from several cell types, suggesting the involvement of multidrug resistance-associated (MDR) proteins in T3 transport. The direct involvement of P-glycoprotein (P-gp) has not, however, been investigated. We compared the transport of 125I-T3 in MDCKII cells that had been transfected with mdr1 cDNA (MDCKII-MDR)(More)
Pharmacological targeting of metabolic processes in cancer must overcome redundancy in biosynthetic pathways. Deoxycytidine (dC) triphosphate (dCTP) can be produced both by the de novo pathway (DNP) and by the nucleoside salvage pathway (NSP). However, the role of the NSP in dCTP production and DNA synthesis in cancer cells is currently not well understood.(More)
ii ACKNOWLEDGMENTS I would like to express my gratitude to my primary advisors Chris Hendrickson and Paul Fischbeck for their support and guidance through my years as a doctoral student at Carnegie Mellon University. In particular, I would like to thank them for their contributions as co-authors on the research papers generated through this dissertation.(More)
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