Mullika Traidej

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PURPOSE In this study, the protease IV gene of Pseudomonas aeruginosa was expressed in the nonocular pathogenic host, Pseudomonas putida, to elucidate the molecular properties and virulence contribution of the enzyme. Recent determination of the protease IV gene sequence suggests that the protein of 463 amino acids contains a signal sequence, a propeptide(More)
Wild type p53 accumulates in the cytoplasm in a subset of tumors such as neuroblastomas and breast carcinomas through an unknown mechanism. Exclusion of p53 from the nucleus may lead to inactivation of p53 during tumor development. We present evidence that MDM2 plays a significant role in promoting the degradation of nuclear p53 in tumor cells with a(More)
PURPOSE To determine the distribution of the protease IV gene, the production of this and other proteases by multiple strains of Pseudomonas, and the virulence of a mutant specifically deficient in protease IV. METHODS The protease IV gene was cloned, its sequence analyzed, and its chromosomal location determined by pulse-field gel electrophoresis. Three(More)
Protease IV is a lysine-specific endoprotease produced by Pseudomonas aeruginosa whose activity has been correlated with corneal virulence. Comparison of the protease IV amino acid sequence to other bacterial proteases suggested that amino acids His-72, Asp-122, and Ser-198 could form a catalytic triad that is critical for protease IV activity. To test this(More)
The purpose of this study was to quantitatively compare, in a rabbit keratitis model, the levels of effectiveness of moxifloxacin, levofloxacin, and ciprofloxacin for the treatment of Staphylococcus aureus isolates of diverse antibiotic susceptibilities. Rabbit eyes were intrastromally injected with approximately 100 CFU of methicillin-sensitive or(More)
The p53 tumor suppressor is regulated by the MDM2 oncoprotein through a negative feedback mechanism. MDM2 promotes the ubiquitination and proteasome-dependent degradation of p53, possibly by acting as a ubiquitin ligase. In cervical cancer cells containing high-risk human papillomaviruses (HPV), p53 is also targeted for degradation by the HPV E6 oncoprotein(More)
PURPOSE To determine the effectiveness of prophylactic fluoroquinolone treatment against staphylococci in a rabbit keratitis model. METHODS Prophylactic ciprofloxacin or ofloxacin was applied as one topical drop 15 minutes before infection or as one drop at three time points (19, 17, and 15 minutes) before infection. In a second experiment, rabbits were(More)
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