Patrick McConnell

Learn More
MEK1 and MEK2 are closely related, dual-specificity tyrosine/threonine protein kinases found in the Ras/Raf/MEK/ERK mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) signaling pathway. Approximately 30% of all human cancers have a constitutively activated MAPK pathway, and constitutive activation of MEK1 results in cellular transformation. Here we present the X-ray(More)
Songbirds have one of the most accessible neural systems for the study of brain mechanisms of behavior. However, neuroethological studies in songbirds have been limited by the lack of high-throughput molecular resources and gene-manipulation tools. To overcome these limitations, we constructed 21 regular, normalized, and subtracted full-length cDNA(More)
The aim of the present study was to determine whether cardiac nitric oxide (NO) production changes during the progression of pacing-induced heart failure and whether this occurs in association with alterations in myocardial metabolism. Dogs (n=8) were instrumented and the heart paced until left ventricular end-diastolic pressure reached 25 mm Hg and(More)
Matrix metalloproteinase-13 (MMP13) is a Zn(2+)-dependent protease that catalyzes the cleavage of type II collagen, the main structural protein in articular cartilage. Excess MMP13 activity causes cartilage degradation in osteoarthritis, making this protease an attractive therapeutic target. However, clinically tested MMP inhibitors have been associated(More)
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE Video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) has used a variety of preoperative techniques to localize deep pulmonary nodules including wires, plain methylene blue, colored collagen, indigo carmine, India ink, and barium. The authors describe their experience with a computed tomography (CT)-guided localization technique using autologous(More)
BACKGROUND Despite the pressing need for the creation of applications that facilitate the aggregation of clinical and molecular data, most current applications are proprietary and lack the necessary compliance with standards that would allow for cross-institutional data exchange. In line with its mission of accelerating research discoveries and improving(More)
BACKGROUND In this study we evaluate load-independent ventricular function during left ventricular assist device (LVAD) support based solely on telemetered measurements of left ventricular (LV) pressure, which has not been reported previously. METHODS Adult sheep underwent placement of an axial-flow LVAD, a telemetered LV pressure manometer and(More)
CARMILs regulate capping protein (CP), a critical determinant of actin assembly and actin-based cell motility. Vertebrates have three conserved CARMIL genes with distinct functions. In migrating cells, CARMIL2 is important for cell polarity, lamellipodial assembly, ruffling, and macropinocytosis. In cells, CARMIL2 localizes with a distinctive dual pattern(More)
The Rosetta data set opens the possibility of comparing a user microarray data set with a reference profile from the compendium (see [1]). However, explaining this comparison in terms of individual genes could be a daunting task because of the sheer number of genes. Thus, we postulate a new strategy of modeling microarray data in terms of functional genomic(More)
Our objective was to determine the precise role of endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS) as a modulator of cardiac O2 consumption and to further examine the role of nitric oxide (NO) in the control of mitochondrial respiration. Left ventricle O2 consumption in mice with defects in the expression of eNOS [eNOS (-/-)] and inducible NOS [iNOS (-/-)] was(More)