Olga A. Kozhich

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DNA microarrays have been used to study the expression of thousands of genes at the same time in a variety of cells and tissues. The methods most commonly used to label probes for microarray studies require a minimum of 20 microg of total RNA or 2 microg of poly(A) RNA. This has made it difficult to study small and rare tissue samples. RNA amplification(More)
The aim of this study was to investigate patterns of gene expression in placental samples from patients with preeclampsia (PE), persistent bilateral uterine artery notching (without PE), and normal controls. This study included placental tissue from nine women with PE, seven with uncomplicated pregnancies and five with bilateral uterine artery notching in(More)
Recently, we described a technique that allows us to prepare probes for expression profiling from 0.5-1 microgram RNA without template or signal amplification. However, we were unable to use this method to study cells harvested by needle biopsy, cell sorting, or laser capture microdissection. Here we give a new protocol for amplifying RNA with multiple(More)
Precise, robust and scalable directed differentiation of pluripotent stem cells is an important goal with respect to disease modeling or future therapies. Using the AggreWell™400 system we have standardized the differentiation of human embryonic and induced pluripotent stem cells to a neuronal fate using defined conditions. This allows reproducibility in(More)
Regenerative medicine, relying on human embryonic stem cell (hESC) technology, opens promising new avenues for therapy of many severe diseases. However, this approach is restricted by limited production of the desired cells due to the refractory properties of hESC growth in vitro. It is further hindered by insufficient control of cellular stress, growth(More)
RNA amplification methods have been used to facilitate making probes from small tissue samples for microarray studies. Our original amplification technique relied on driving the first reverse transcription with oligo(dT) with a T7 RNA polymerase promoter (T7dT) on the 5' end, and subsequent transcriptions with random 9mers with a T3 RNA polymerase promoter(More)
Many studies have compared the genetic and epigenetic profiles of human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs) to human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) and yet the picture remains unclear. To address this, we derived a population of neural precursor cells (NPCs) from the H1 (WA01) hESC line and generated isogenic iPSC lines by reprogramming. The gene(More)
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