Natalia Iartchouk

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Two chitin synthase genes, chsD and chsE, were identified from the filamentous ascomycete Aspergillus nidulans. In a region that is conserved among chitin synthases, the deduced amino acid sequences of chsD and chsE have greater sequence identity to the polypeptides encoded by the Saccharomyces cerevisiae CHS3 gene (also named CSD2, CAL1, DIT101, and KTI1)(More)
The chsB gene from Aspergillus nidulans encodes a class III chitin synthase, an enzyme class found in filamentous fungi but not in yeast-like organisms. Using a novel method, we isolated haploid segregants carrying a disrupted chsB allele from heterozygous diploid disruptants. The haploid disruptants grow as minute colonies that do not conidiate. Hyphae(More)
PURPOSE Women with advanced epithelial ovarian cancer are routinely treated with platinum-paclitaxel chemotherapy following cytoreductive surgery, yet only approximately 20% achieve long-term disease-free survival. We hypothesized that differences in gene expression before treatment could distinguish patients with short versus long time to recurrence after(More)
Inhibition of mutant B-Raf signaling, through either direct inhibition of the enzyme or inhibition of MEK, the direct substrate of Raf, has been demonstrated preclinically to inhibit tumor growth. Very recently, treatment of B-Raf mutant melanoma patients with a selective B-Raf inhibitor has resulted in promising preliminary evidence of antitumor activity.(More)
Pharmacodynamic responses to drug treatment are often used to confirm drug-on-target biological responses. Methods ranging from mass spectrometry to immunohistochemistry exist for such analyses. By far, the most extensively used methodologies employ antigen-specific antibodies for detection (at a minimum) and, in some cases, target quantitation as well.(More)
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