Nora Nolette

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BACKGROUND Hypoxia and reactive oxygen species (ROS) including H(2)O(2) play major roles in triggering and progression of pulmonary vascular remodeling in persistent pulmonary hypertension. Catalase (CAT), the major endogenous enzyme scavenging H(2)O(2), is regulated in a tissue- and context-specific manner. OBJECTIVE To investigate mechanisms by which(More)
The bacterial communities associated with root caries are highly diverse and undergo succession during lesion formation. Consequently, root caries is said to have a polymicrobic etiology, typified by variation in the predominant species among samples from different lesions. Despite the polymicrobic etiology, A. naeslundii genospecies 1 and 2 (previously A.(More)
Longitudinal microbiological examinations have been made of dental plaque from a site approximal to the upper central incisors of 10 8-year-old children living in an area with water fluoridation. Differential counts of viable bacteria, made using a selective medium containing various levels of fluoride (0 to 100 mug/ml) at pH levels of 7.0 to 5.5,(More)
Actin polymerization (APM), regulated by Rho GTPases, promotes myocyte force generation. Hypoxia is known to impede postnatal disassembly of the actin cytoskeleton in pulmonary arterial (PA) myocytes. We compared basal and agonist-induced APM in myocytes from PA and descending aorta (Ao), under hypoxic and normoxic conditions. We also examined effects of(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Neonatal pulmonary hypertension (PPHN) is characterized by pulmonary vasoconstriction, due in part to dysregulation of the thromboxane prostanoid (TP) receptor. Hypoxia induces TP receptor-mediated hyperresponsiveness, whereas serine phosphorylation mediates desensitization of TP receptors. We hypothesized that prostacyclin (IP)(More)
In hypoxic pulmonary arterial (PA) myocytes, challenge with thromboxane mimetic U46619 induces marked actin polymerization and contraction, phenotypic features of persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN). Rho GTPases regulate the actin cytoskeleton. We previously reported that U46619-induced actin polymerization in hypoxic PA myocytes occurs(More)
BACKGROUND Persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN) is characterized by vasoconstriction and pulmonary vascular remodeling. Remodeling is believed to be a response to physical or chemical stimuli including pro-mitotic inflammatory mediators such as thromboxane. Our objective was to examine the effects of hypoxia and thromboxane signaling ex(More)
RATIONALE Neonatal pulmonary hypertension is characterized by hypoxia, abnormal vascular remodeling, and impaired alveolarization. Nitric oxide (NO) regulates cell replication and activation of apoptosis. Our objective was to examine cell phenotype-specific effects of hypoxia and NO exposure on cumulative apoptotic signal in neonatal pulmonary epithelial(More)
Antigen profiles of saccharolytic oral black-pigmented Bacteroides have been developed by Western blotting. Visual comparisons indicated extensive cross-reactions between B. intermedius, B. melaninogenicus, B. denticola, and B. corporis. Porphyromonas gingivalis, P. asaccharolyticus, and B. buccae showed less cross-reaction. Quantitation of antigenic(More)
The stability of the outer-membrane proteins and antigens of a strain of Bacteroides intermedius (VPI 8944 group genotype II) grown in continuous culture at varying pH and growth rates (D = 0.025-0.2 h-1, pH 6.0-7.3) has been measured. The membranes showed nine major proteins (greater than 67-19.55 kilodaltons) and six major antigens (65-28 kilodaltons).(More)