Robert S. Lasher

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Voltage-gated sodium channels perform critical roles for electrical signaling in the nervous system by generating action potentials in axons and in dendrites. At least 10 genes encode sodium channels in mammals, but specific physiological roles that distinguish each of these isoforms are not known. One possibility is that each isoform is expressed in a(More)
Understanding the mechanism(s) of action of the hepatitis B virus (HBV)-encoded protein HBx is fundamental to elucidating the underlying mechanisms of chronic liver disease and hepatocellular carcinoma caused by HBV infection. In our continued attempts to identify cellular targets of HBx, we have previously reported the identification of a novel cellular(More)
We have developed a restriction map of the chromosome 21 breakpoint region involved in t(8;21)(q22;q22.3) acute myelogenous leukemia (AML) and have isolated a genomic junction clone containing chromosome 8 and 21 material. Using probes from these regions, rearrangements have been identified in each of nine cases of t(8;21) AML examined. In addition, we have(More)
Polypeptides (233 micrograms) from brain synaptosomes resolved in SDS 7.5%--15% polyacrylamide gradient gels were electrophoretically transferred quantitatively to nitrocellulose sheets at 3 V/cm for 21 h in the following buffer: 25 mM Tris-192 mM glycine, pH 8.3/20% methanol/0.1% SDS. After immunoautoradiographic detection of antigens on this(More)
The distribution of the large, external, transformation-sensitive (LETS; fibronectin) protein was investigated in rat cerebellum, both in vitro and in vivo, by biochemical and immunocytochemical methods. Biochemical analyses indicated that LETS protein is not demonstrable on the surfaces of cerebellar neurons from postnatal rats maintained in cell culture(More)
Dispersed cell cultures of rat cerebellums 21 days in vitro were incubated in saline containing 0.5 micrometer [3H]GABA for 5 min, fixed and prepared for electron microscopic autoradiography. Quantitative methods for analyzing the resulting autoradiographs were developed to distinguish lightly labeled neurons from heavily labeled (i.e. GABAergic) neurons.(More)
Calmodulin-dependent protein kinase II (CaM kinase II) is associated with microtubule preparations and phosphorylates several endogenous proteins including microtubule-associated protein 2, tubulin, and an 80,000-dalton protein doublet (pp80). We now report that pp80 is identical to synapsin I by all criteria studied including molecular weight, isoelectric(More)
Synapse formation was followed in dispersed cell cultures of rat cerebellums stained either by osmium-uranyl-lead (Os-UL) or by ethanolic phosphotungstic acid (E-PTA). The numerical densities of synapses stained by Os-UL were always significantly higher than those stained by E-PTA (from 3 to 35 days in vitro). This difference suggests that some portion of(More)
The translocation of occupied surface insulin receptors to the nuclei of isolated hepatocytes was studied using the biologically active photosensitive insulin derivative, B2(2-nitro-4-azidophenylacetyl)-des-PheB1-insulin (NAPA-DP-insulin). When hepatocytes were photolabeled at 4 degrees C, extensively washed, and then further incubated at 37 degrees C for 1(More)