Rachel J. Ackerman

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The allatostatins comprise three structurally distinct peptide families that regulate juvenile hormone production by the insect corpora allata. A-type family members contain the C-terminal motif -YXFGLamide and have been found in species from numerous arthropod taxa. Members of the B-type family exhibit a -WX(6)Wamide C-terminus and, like the A-type(More)
One of the first questions asked by new orthodontic patients is: How long will I need to wear my braces? A multitude of factors have the potential to influence the answer to this question. The purpose of this retrospective study was to identify some of the primary factors that influence orthodontic treatment duration. Few studies have attempted to evaluate(More)
Circulating endothelial progenitor cells (EPC) contribute to postnatal neovascularization. We identified the cytochrome P450 4A/F-20-hydroxyeicosatetraenoic acid (CYP4A/F-20-HETE) system as a novel regulator of EPC functions associated with angiogenesis in vitro. Here, we explored cellular mechanisms by which 20-HETE regulates EPC angiogenic functions and(More)
The purpose of this study was to compare the bond strengths of three different adhesive systems when used alone and combined with a porcelain priming agent to bond ceramic brackets to porcelain surfaces. Sixty porcelain specimens were randomly assigned to the six different treatment groups. Half were bonded with the porcelain priming agent and one of the(More)
CONTEXT/OBJECTIVE The variant rs13266634 in SLC30A8, encoding a β-cell-specific zinc transporter, is associated with type 2 diabetes. We aimed to identify other variants in SLC30A8 that increase diabetes risk and impair β-cell function, and test whether zinc intake modifies this risk. DESIGN/OUTCOME: We sequenced exons in SLC30A8 in 380 Diabetes Prevention(More)
Cytochrome P450 4A/F (CYP4A/F) converts arachidonic acid (AA) to 20-HETE by ω-hydroxylation. The contribution of 20-HETE to the regulation of myogenic response, blood pressure, and mitogenic actions has been well summarized. This review focuses on the emerging role of 20-HETE in physiological and pathological vascularization. 20-HETE has been shown to(More)
BACKGROUND One-stage repair of interrupted aortic arch, ventricular septal defect, and severe subaortic stenosis represents a surgical challenge. Techniques that use extracardiac conduits to bypass the subaortic area or involve transaortic or transatrial resection of the conal septum have shown limitations and have failed to reduce the high mortality rate(More)
The radiopharmaceutical iodine 131 metaiodobenzylguanidine (I-131 MIBG) has been shown to locate pheochromocytomas scintigraphically with a false-negative rate of approximately 13%. To improve image quality and reduce the false-negative rate, I-123 was examined as a radioactive label for MIBG, as it has many advantages over I-131, including superior(More)