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Fatty acid binding proteins (FABPs) are small cytoplasmic proteins that are expressed in a highly tissue-specific manner and bind to fatty acids such as oleic and retinoic acid. Mice with a null mutation in aP2, the gene encoding the adipocyte FABP, were developmentally and metabolically normal. The aP2-deficient mice developed dietary obesity but, unlike(More)
We utilized a cDNA encoding the cysteine-rich, tyrosine-containing mouse protamine, mouse protamine 1 (MP1), to detect the presence of several classes of differentiating germ cells in testicular extracts from wild-type and male sterile mutant mice. This assay is based on the changes in the poly (A) length of MP1-mRNA during spermatogenesis. Testicular(More)
BACKGROUND Circulating tumor cells (CTCs) likely derive from clones in the primary tumor, suggesting that they can be used for all biological tests applying to the primary cells. MATERIALS AND METHODS The ScreenCell® devices are single-use and low-cost innovative devices that use a filter to isolate and sort tumor cells by size. RESULTS The ScreenCell®(More)
The distribution of the mRNA for one of the two mouse protamines, the cysteine-rich, tyrosine-containing protamine (MP1), was examined in the polysomal and nonpolysomal compartments of total testis and purified populations of round and elongating spermatids using Northern blots. In postmitochondrial supernatants prepared from total testis, about 10-15% of(More)
PURPOSE Mutations in the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) are associated with clinical and radiographic responses to EGFR tyrosine kinase inhibitors gefitinib and erlotinib. Currently available methods of EGFR mutation detection rely on direct DNA sequencing, which requires isolation of DNA from a relatively pure population of tumor cells, cannot be(More)
We have isolated several cDNA clones encoding cytoplasmic poly(A)+ RNAs which are enriched in postmeiotic (haploid) spermatogenic cells in the mouse. Seventeen of 750 clones from a testis cDNA library hybridized more strongly to 32P-labeled cDNA copied from cytoplasmic poly(A) RNA of round spermatids than pachytene spermatocytes. Northern gel blots(More)
We have analyzed the expression, through spermiogenesis, of a series of testicular cell polypeptides encoded by genes within the mouse t complex. Two of these polypeptides, TCP-3 and TCP-7, are synthesized in a testes-specific manner with highest levels of expression during haploid stages of spermatogenesis. A third, TCP-1, is also expressed at highest(More)
PURPOSE Tumors from 50% of epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) mutant non-small cell lung cancer patients that develop resistance to gefitinib or erlotinib will contain a secondary EGFR T790M mutation. As most patients do not undergo repeated tumor biopsies we evaluated whether EGFR T790M could be detected using plasma DNA. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN DNA(More)
The adipocyte P2 (aP2) gene contains a regulatory element, FSE2, that functions during adipocyte differentiation and binds a protein complex containing the product of the fos proto-oncogene (Fos). We show here that the quantitative and qualitative nature of the FSE2 binding complex closely reflects the status of Fos expression within a given cell type.(More)
Extracellular vesicles (ECVs) are nano-sized vesicles released by all cells in vitro as well as in vivo. Their role has been implicated mainly in cell-cell communication, but also in disease biomarkers and more recently in gene delivery. They represent a snapshot of the cell status at the moment of release and carry bioreactive macromolecules such as(More)