Patrick J Vojta

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From July 1998 to August 1999, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences conducted the first National Survey of Lead and Allergens in Housing. The purpose of the survey was to assess children's potential household exposure to lead, allergens, and bacterial endotoxins. We surveyed a(More)
SDI1 is an inhibitor of DNA synthesis that we isolated by expression screening cDNAs prepared from senescent, terminally nondividing human cells. Other groups then cloned this gene as a cyclin-dependent kinase (cdk)-interacting protein (CIP1, p21) that inhibits cdks; the gene was also isolated by screening for genes transactivated by p53 (WAF1). p53 levels(More)
Cellular senescence is a state of irreversible cell cycle arrest in which normal cells at the end of their lifespan fail to enter into DNA synthesis upon serum or growth factor stimulation. We examined whether proteins required for G1/S cell cycle progression were irreversibly down-regulated in senescent human fibroblasts. Both the 44- and 42-kDa forms of(More)
The identification and sequence of KiSS-1 (HGMW-approved symbol, KISS1), a human malignant melanoma metastasis-suppressor gene, was recently published. In this report, we present a corrected genomic sequence, genomic structure, and refined chromosomal location for KiSS-1. The genomic organization of the sequence reveals a gene consisting of four exons. The(More)
The thymidine kinase locus (Tk1) in Tk(+/-)-3.7.2C mouse lymphoma cells is widely used to identify mutagenic agents. Because Trp53 (the mouse homolog of human TP53) is located with Tk1 on chromosome 11 and is critical in regulating cellular responses following exposure to DNA damaging agents, we wanted to determine if these mouse lymphoma cells harbor(More)
Microcell-mediated introduction of a neo-tagged human chromosome 1 (HC-1-neo) into several immortal cell lines has previously been shown to induce growth arrest and phenotypic changes indicative of replicative senescence. Somatic cell hybridization studies have localized senescence activity for immortal hamster 10W-2 cells to a cytogenetically defined(More)
We have cloned the cDNA for the eighth human DNA polymerase, DNA polymerase θ. The human cDNA encodes a putative DNA polymerase of 1762 amino acids with a calculated molecular mass of 198 kDa. The derived protein sequence is homologous to the Drosophila melanogaster mus308 protein product, a putative DNA polymerase-helicase involved in repair of(More)
The distal short arm of human chromosome 1 (1p) is rearranged in a variety of malignancies, and several genetic diseases also map to this region. We have constructed an integrated transcript map to precisely define the positions of genes and expressed sequence tags (ESTs) previously mapped to 1p35-p36, a region spanning approximately 40 Mb. To anchor the(More)
House dust mite allergen exposure is a postulated risk factor for allergic sensitization, asthma development, and asthma morbidity; however, practical and effective methods to mitigate these allergens from low-income, urban home environments remain elusive. The purpose of this study was to assess the feasibility and effectiveness of physical interventions(More)