Pedro Friedman

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Apoptosis is recognized as important for normal cellular homeostasis in multicellular organisms. Although there have been great advances in our knowledge of the molecular events regulating apoptosis, much less is known about the receptors on phagocytes responsible for apoptotic cell recognition and phagocytosis or the ligands on apoptotic cells mediating(More)
We recently cloned monoclonal IgM autoantibodies which bind to epitopes of oxidized low-density lipoprotein (OxLDL) from apoE-deficient mice (EO- autoantibodies). We now demonstrate that those EO- autoantibodies that were originally selected for binding to copper-oxidized low-density lipoproteins (CuOx-LDL), also bound both to the oxidized protein and to(More)
There is growing evidence that CD36 has an important physiological function in the uptake of oxidized low density lipoprotein (OxLDL) by macrophages. However, the ligand specificity and the nature of the ligands on OxLDL that mediate the binding to CD36 remain ill defined. Results from recent studies suggested that some of the macrophage scavenger receptors(More)
It has been shown previously that the binding of oxidized low-density lipoprotein (OxLDL) to resident mouse peritoneal macrophages can be inhibited (up to 70%) by the apoprotein B (apoB) isolated from OxLDL, suggesting that macrophage recognition of OxLDL is primarily dependent on its modified protein moiety. However, recent experiments have demonstrated(More)
Oxidized LDL (OxLDL) competes with oxidatively damaged and apoptotic cells for binding to mouse peritoneal macrophages, implying the presence of one or more common domains. However, the nature of the ligands involved has not been determined. Studies in this laboratory over the last several years provide evidence that oxidized phospholipids, present in OxLDL(More)
Lysophospholipases are critical enzymes that act on biological membranes to regulate the multifunctional lysophospholipids; increased levels of lysophospholipids are associated with a host of diseases. Herein we report the cDNA cloning of a human brain 25 kDa lysophospholipid-specific lysophospholipase (hLysoPLA). The enzyme (at both mRNA and protein(More)
The chromatin configuration of resting horse oocytes and the time course of in vitro oocyte maturation was characterized using a fluorescent, DNA-specific label. Oocytes were classified as having either compact (CP) or expanded (EX) cumuli at the time of collection. Centrifugation of oocytes was effective in allowing visualization of the germinal vesicle.(More)
The mammaglobin gene has been shown to be preferentially expressed in breast tissue. Few genes match its specificity. Mammaglobin has generated much interest, and studies are ongoing to develop diagnostic tests for breast cancer based on the detection of mammaglobin. While searching the Incyte Genomics Lifeseq database for tissue-specific markers, we(More)
Previous studies describing the use of cryoculture methods have focused on the efficacy of the method for studying neuron attachment and neurite outgrowth on intact sections of nerve, and rodent and even human brain. The cryoculture method has shown promise for determining the presence of cell attachment- and neurite-growth-inhibiting molecules in such(More)
Evidence indicates that the GBV-C or hepatitis G virus can cause persistent infection in humans, but little is known on the importance of vertical transmission. To assess the risk of mother-to-infant transmission and the clinical outcome of infected babies, we investigated 175 anti-HCV positive mothers and followed-up their children for 3-33 months. GBV-C(More)