Montell D Brown

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Precise growth cone guidance is the consequence of a continuous reorganization of actin filament structures within filopodia and lamellipodia in response to inhibitory and promoting cues. The small GTPases rac1, cdc42, and rhoA are critical for regulating distinct actin structures in non-neuronal cells and presumably in growth cones. Collapse, a retraction(More)
The activity of filopodia and lamellipodia determines the advance, motility, adhesion, and sensory capacity of neuronal growth cones. The shape and dynamics of these highly motile structures originate from the continuous reorganization of the actin cytoskeleton in response to extracellular signals. The small GTPases, Rac1, Rho, and CDC42, regulate the(More)
Growth cone motility and navigation in response to extracellular signals are regulated by actin dynamics. To better understand actin involvement in these processes we determined how and in what form actin reaches growth cones, and once there, how actin assembly is regulated. A continuous supply of actin is maintained at the axon tip by slow transport, the(More)
Lung stretch is critical for normal lung development and for compensatory lung growth after pneumonectomy (PNX), but the mechanisms by which strain induces matrix remodeling are unclear. Our prior work demonstrated an association of chymotrypsin-like elastase 1 (Cela1) with lung elastin remodeling, and that strain triggered a near-instantaneous(More)
1. Polyribosomes were isolated from Escherichia coli grown in media in which tryptophanase is induced and in which it is repressed. The polyribosomes from the induced bacteria had a small amount of tryptophanase activity associated with them. 2. A portion of the enzyme activity remained bound to polyribosomes during centrifuging in sucrose gradients. 3.(More)
Persistent infection with human papillomavirus (HPV) type 16 has been implicated in the etiology of cervical cancer. The E2 protein is required early in viral infection and therefore may serve as a useful immune target for a vaccine aimed at prevention or therapy of premalignant lesions. Dendritic cells (DC) prepared from monocytes and pulsed with(More)
To assess the role of cdc42 during neurite development, cmyc-tagged constitutively active (CA) and dominant negative (DN) cdc42 were expressed in dissociated primary chick spinal cord neurons using adenoviral-mediated gene transfer. Three days after infection, >85% of the neurons in infected cultures expressed cdc42 proteins, as detected by indirect(More)
1. Polyribosomes and RNA were isolated from cultures in which tryptophanase (EC 4.2.1.-) was induced. The polyribosomes were incubated under conditions of protein synthesis, in the presence of a radioactive amino acid and a post-ribosomal supernatant fraction obtained from repressed cells. The RNA preparations were incubated under conditions of protein(More)