Ofer Chomsky

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Combinations of different ubiquitin-conjugating (Ubc) enzymes and other factors constitute subsidiary pathways of the ubiquitin system, each of which ubiquitinates a specific subset of proteins. There is evidence that certain sequence elements or structural motifs of target proteins are degradation signals which mark them for ubiquitination by a particular(More)
Membrane lipid fluidity of peripheral blood polymorphonuclear cells (PMNs) of 24 newborn infants, 2-4 days after birth, was determined by steady-state fluorescence polarization with 1,6-diphenyl 1,3,5-hexatriene (DPH) as a probe and compared with that of PMNs from 23 adults. Measurements with intact cells, which correspond to all cellular lipid domains, did(More)
Proteolysis by the ubiquitin-proteasome system is highly selective. Specificity is achieved by the cooperation of diverse ubiquitin-conjugating enzymes (Ubcs or E2s) with a variety of ubiquitin ligases (E3s) and other ancillary factors. These recognize degradation signals characteristic of their target proteins. In a previous investigation, we identified(More)
Protein tyrosine kinase blockers of the tyrphostin family inhibited the EGF-dependent proliferation of human and guinea pig keratinocytes grown in culture and induced their growth arrest. These blockers also significantly inhibited the growth of epidermal keratinocytes, but not of dermal cells, in whole skin organ culture from both guinea pig and human(More)
Neutrophil dysfunction among newborn infants, especially those born prematurely, is well recognized, but the mechanism responsible for this phenomenon is yet to be clarified. In this study, we evaluated the stimulus response coupling in neutrophils from 90 healthy newborns and 96 healthy adults in an effort to establish whether defective neonatal neutrophil(More)
INTRODUCTION Obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSA) afflicts approximately 5% of the adult population and increases with age. The gold standard treatment is with the Continuous Positive Airways Pressure (CPAP) machine. Well-designed prospective trials to elucidate long term compliance with CPAP machine are rare. GOAL Assessing compliance and long-term use(More)
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