Rebecca L. Jones

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The complexity of the events of embryo implantation and placentation is exemplified by the number and range of cytokines with demonstrated roles in these processes. Disturbance of the normal expression or action of these cytokines results in complete or partial failure of implantation and abnormal placental formation in mice or humans. Of known importance(More)
The barley aleurone layer is a terminally differentiated secretory tissue whose activity is hormonally controlled. The plant hormone gibberellic acid (GA) stimulates the secretion of hydrolytic enzymes and triggers the onset of programmed cell death (PCD). Abscisic acid (ABA) antagonizes the effects of GA and inhibits enzyme secretion and PCD. Reactive(More)
Gibberellins (GAs) initiate a series of events that culminate in programmed cell death, whereas abscisic acid (ABA) prevents this process. Reactive oxygen species (ROS) are key elements in aleurone programmed cell death. Incubation of barley (Hordeum vulgare) aleurone layers in H2O2 causes rapid death of all cells in GA- but not ABA-treated layers.(More)
Inhibins and activins are dimeric hormones which share common subunits and which have diverse endocrine and paracrine roles in regulating reproductive function. Endometrial expression of inhibin alpha, ssA and ssB subunits was examined by immunohistochemistry and in-situ hybridization, across the menstrual cycle and in early pregnancy. All three subunits(More)
Decidual artery remodeling is essential for a healthy pregnancy. This process involves loss of vascular smooth muscle cells and endothelium, which are replaced by endovascular trophoblasts (vEVTs) embedded in fibrinoid. Remodeling is impaired during pre-eclampsia, a disease of pregnancy that results in maternal and fetal mortality and morbidity. Early(More)
The levonorgestrel releasing intrauterine system (LNG-IUS) provides a novel contraceptive method. Intrauterine LNG induces a dramatic transformation of the endometrium, characterized by extensive decidualization. This is associated with strong expression of local factors associated with decidualization, including prolactin receptor and insulin-like growth(More)
We have used Arabidopsis calmodulin (CaM) covalently coupled to horseradish peroxidase to screen a barley aleurone cDNA expression library for CaM binding proteins. The deduced amino acid sequence of one cDNA obtained by this screen was shown to be a unique protein of 702 amino acids with CaM and cyclic nucleotide binding domains at the carboxyl terminus(More)
Human endometrium possesses a unique immunological environment enabling implantation of the semiallogeneic embryo. Large populations of macrophages and uterine-specific natural killer cells infiltrate the implantation site, believed to be important modulators of trophoblast invasion and decidualization. In the absence of pregnancy, there is a dramatic(More)
Barley aleurone cells undergo programmed cell death (PCD) when exposed to gibberellic acid (GA), but incubation in abscisic acid (ABA) prevent PCD. We tested the hypothesis that PCD in aleurone cells occurs by apoptosis, and show that the hallmark of apoptosis, namely DNA cleavage into 180 bp fragments, plasma membrane blebbing, and the formation of(More)