Rebecca L. Shearer

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Human pluripotent stem cells have the potential to provide comprehensive model systems for the earliest stages of human ontogenesis. To serve in this capacity, these cells must undergo a targeted, stepwise differentiation process that follows a normal developmental timeline. Here we demonstrate the ability of both human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) and(More)
BACKGROUND A promising clinical application for stem and progenitor cell transplantation is in rescue therapy for degenerative diseases. This strategy seeks to preserve rather than restore host tissue function by taking advantage of unique properties often displayed by these versatile cells. In studies using different neurodegenerative disease models,(More)
PURPOSE As a follow-up to previous studies showing that human cortical neural progenitor cells (hNPC(ctx)) can sustain vision for at least 70 days after injection into the subretinal space of Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) rats, the authors examined how functional rescue is preserved over long periods and how this relates to retinal integrity and donor(More)
Vasopressin-activated calcium-mobilizing (VACM-1), a cul-5 gene, is localized on chromosome 11q22-23 close to the gene for Ataxia Telangiectasia in a region associated with a loss of heterozygosity in breast cancer tumor samples. To examine the biological role of VACM-1, we studied the effect of VACM-1 expression on cellular growth and gene expression in(More)
During development of the central nervous system, stem and progenitor cell proliferation and differentiation are controlled by complex inter- and intracellular interactions that orchestrate the precise spatiotemporal production of particular cell types. Within the embryonic retina, progenitor cells are located adjacent to the retinal pigment epithelium(More)
We have sequenced a 4.9kb clone (KLB22) which shares 99% sequence homology with the rabbit vasopressin-activated calcium mobilizing (VACM-1) protein. The 5' terminus sequence of KLB22 cDNA (nucleotides 1-1961) is continuous and overlapping with nucleotides 1226-3186 of the VACM-1 cDNA sequence. The 3'UTR of KLB22 cDNA extends beyond the 3'UTR of VACM-1 by(More)
PURPOSE Established techniques for culturing primary human retinal pigment epithelial (RPE) cells have facilitated the laboratory investigation of this multipurpose retinal cell layer. However, most culture methods involve the use of animal serum to establish and maintain RPE monolayers, which can complicate efforts to define and study factors involved in(More)
Metastatic tumor cells originating from cancers of a variety of tissues such as breast, skin, and prostate may remain dormant for long periods of time. In the case of uveal melanoma, the principal malignancy of the eye, complete removal of the primary tumor by enucleation can nonetheless be followed by metastatic tumor growth in distant organs months,(More)
The rapid measurement of trace levels of carbon monoxide in ethylene by gas chromatography with redox chemiluminescence detection is described. Linear response for carbon monoxide over three decades and a detection limit in the sub-parts per million by volume (ppmv) concentration range were observed without methanation or preconcentration of the sample.(More)
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