Raymond McDevitt

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Simple sequence repeats (SSRs), consisting of tandemly repeated multiple copies of mono-, di-, tri-, or tetranucleotide motifs, are ubiquitous in eukaryotic genomes and are frequently used as genetic markers, taking advantage of their length polymorphism. We have examined the polymorphism of such sequences in the chloroplast genomes of plants, by using a(More)
We isolated the gene encoding lysine-ketoglutarate reductase (LKR, EC and saccharopine dehydrogenase (SDH, ED from an Arabidopsis thaliana genomic DNA library based on the homology between the yeast biosynthetic genes encoding SDH (lysine-forming) or SDH (glutamate-forming) and Arabidopsis expressed sequence tags. A corresponding cDNA was(More)
Insulin resistance in the liver and peripheral tissues, together with a pancreatic cell defect, are the common causes of Type 2 diabetes. It is now appreciated that insulin resistance can result from a defect in the insulin receptor signaling system, at a site post binding of insulin to its receptor. Protein tyrosine phosphatases (PTPases) have been shown(More)
Despite the wide clinical use of lithium in the treatment of manic depressive illness there is no adequate explanation for its mechanism of action. In the light of lithium's suggestive effects on the second messenger system in the brain, we studied the effects of chronic dietary lithium treatment (achieving blood levels in the therapeutic range) on protein(More)
Motilin-immunoreactivity was evaluated in rat brain using 15 different antisera and by combining gel filtration, high pressure gel filtration and reverse phase high pressure liquid chromatography with radioimmunoassay. Gel filtration chromatography demonstrated a high molecular weight and low molecular weight form of immunoreactive motilin. The high(More)
The present report examines the effect of different calcitonins and analogs on the in vitro phosphorylation of brain synaptic membrane proteins. The findings demonstrate that calcitonin is a potent inhibitor of several brain synaptic proteins and that salmon and eel calcitonins are considerably more potent than thyrocalcitonin in eliciting this effect.(More)
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