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Persons affected with tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC) develop a wide range of neurological abnormalities including aberrant neuronal migration and seizures. In an effort to model TSC-associated central nervous system abnormalities in mice, we generated two independent lines of astrocyte-specific Tsc1 conditional knockout mice by using the Cre-LoxP system.(More)
A significant proportion of human malignant gliomas exhibit amplification, overexpression, or mutations of the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR). To define the functional role(s) of the EGFR in the pathogenesis of gliomas, we established transgenic mice that express both wild-type (wt) and mutant (EGFRvIII) EGFR molecules using the human glial(More)
There is a clear association between germ-line BRCA1 mutations and inherited ovarian cancer; however, the association between BRCA1 mutations and sporadic ovarian cancer remains ambiguous. The frequency of BRCA1 promoter hypermethylation as an epigenetic means of BRCA1 inactivation was determined for a large, population-based cohort of ovarian cancer(More)
We have developed a reliable high-throughput plasmid isolation system using a 96-well plate format. This system combines a novel glass bead micro-mixing method with modified alkaline lysis and Sephacryl S-500 DNA purification procedures. Mechanical forces generated by vortexing glass beads inside each well of the 96-well plates ensure that the bacterial(More)
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