Patricia L. Farrar

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The cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) is a cAMP-regulated chloride channel localized primarily at the apical or luminal surfaces of epithelial cells that line the airway, gut, and exocrine glands; it is well established that CFTR plays a pivotal role in cholera toxin (CTX)-induced secretory diarrhea. Lysophosphatidic acid (LPA), a(More)
Trypanosoma cruzi is an intracellular parasite transmitted from a reduviid insect vector to humans by exposure of mucosal surfaces to infected insect excreta. We have used an oral challenge murine model that mimics vector-borne transmission to study T. cruzi mucosal infection. Although gastric secretions have microbicidal activity against most infectious(More)
Lysophosphatidic acid (LPA) has been implicated as causative in phenotypic modulation (PM) of cultured vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMC) in their transition to the dedifferentiated phenotype. We evaluated the contribution of the three major LPA receptors, LPA1 and LPA2 GPCR and PPARgamma, on PM of VSMC. Expression of differentiated VSMC-specific marker(More)
The distribution of PDI, ERp61 and ERp72, members of the protein disulfide isomerase (PDI) family of endoplasmic reticulum (ER) proteins, was determined in various murine tissues. Relative amounts of mRNA were measured using a quantitative reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) method. Protein levels were determined from Western blots. In(More)
Lysophosphatidic acid (LPA) and its ether analog alkyl-glycerophosphate (AGP) elicit arterial wall remodeling when applied intralumenally into the uninjured carotid artery. LPA is the ligand of eight GPCRs and the peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma (PPARgamma). We pursued a gene knockout strategy to identify the LPA receptor subtypes necessary(More)
Bilateral hindlimb paresis occurred in 3 guinea pigs after immunization with an adjuvant-antigen mixture containing complete Freund's adjuvant. Doses were injected into unanaesthetized animals, divided among 3 or 4 sites, and given slightly off midline in the subcutaneous tissues of the back. Neurologic examination of affected animals revealed intact flexor(More)
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