Natalia V Coleman

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The uropathogenic bacterium Proteus mirabilis displays a form of multicellular behavior called swarming, in which typical vegetative rods differentiate into long hyperflagellate swarm cells that undergo rapid and coordinated population migration across surfaces. Such behavior might inherently assist ascending colonization of the urinary tract, and it has(More)
Proteus mirabilis causes serious kidney infections which can involve invasion of host urothelial cells. We present data showing that the ability to invade host urothelial cells is closely coupled to swarming, a form of cyclical multicellular behavior in which vegetative bacteria differentiate into hyperflagellated, filamentous swarm cells capable of(More)
Several novel norcamphor derivatives were designed and synthesized as uncompetitive NMDA receptor antagonists at the phencyclidine (PCP) binding site. Such compounds have potential as ligands for understanding and possibly the treatment of several neurodegenerative disorders and other glutamate-dependent disorders. We examined the toxic effects of the(More)
Mammalian oocytes mature in follicular fluid (FF), surrounded by follicular cells. In the present study, in vitro maturation of bovine oocytes cultured in FF from dominant follicles 15-17mm in diameter (with various forms of heat pretreatment) and supplementation with follicular wall from follicles 3-5mm in diameter (FW1) were examined. Heat pretreatment of(More)
Series of 4-(ethylsulfonyl)-1-halogen-2-nitrobenzene (3a-e) and 1-(4-halogen-3-nitrophenyl) propan-1-one (5a-d) analogs designed as novel radiosensitizers using bromonitropropiophenone and bromonitrobenzonitrile as lead compounds were synthesized. The anticancer activities of the compounds were evaluated in vitro using human prostate cancer (DU-145) and(More)
The p21-activated kinases (PAKs) are downstream effectors of the small G-proteins of the Rac and cdc42 family and have been implicated as essential for cell proliferation and survival. Recent studies have also demonstrated the promise of PAKs as therapeutic targets in various types of cancers. The PAKs are divided into two major groups (group I and II)(More)
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