Robin J. Johnson

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BACKGROUND Calorie restriction (CR) produces a number of health benefits and ameliorates diseases of aging such as type 2 diabetes. The components of the pathways downstream of CR may provide intervention points for developing therapeutics for treating diseases of aging. The NAD+-dependent protein deacetylase SIRT1 has been implicated as one of the key(More)
The Comparative Toxicogenomics Database (CTD; is a public resource that curates interactions between environmental chemicals and gene products, and their relationships to diseases, as a means of understanding the effects of environmental chemicals on human health. CTD provides a triad of core information in the form of chemical-gene,(More)
Translating proteases as inactive precursors, or zymogens, protects cells from the potentially lethal action of unregulated proteolytic activity. Here, we impose this strategy on bovine pancreatic ribonuclease (RNase A) by creating a zymogen in which quiescent ribonucleolytic activity is activated by the NS3 protease of the hepatitis C virus. Connecting the(More)
Microarray technology has resulted in an explosion of complex, valuable data. Integrating data analysis tools with a comprehensive underlying database would allow efficient identification of common properties among differentially regulated genes. In this study we sought to compare the utility of various databases in microarray analysis. The Proteome(More)
The Comparative Toxicogenomics Database (CTD) is a public resource that promotes understanding about the effects of environmental chemicals on human health. CTD biocurators read the scientific literature and manually curate a triad of chemical-gene, chemical-disease and gene-disease interactions. Typically, articles for CTD are selected using a(More)
Strategies for discovering common molecular events among disparate diseases hold promise for improving understanding of disease etiology and expanding treatment options. One technique is to leverage curated datasets found in the public domain. The Comparative Toxicogenomics Database (CTD; manually curates chemical-gene,(More)
Community-run, formal evaluations and manually annotated text corpora are critically important for advancing biomedical text-mining research. Recently in BioCreative V, a new challenge was organized for the tasks of disease named entity recognition (DNER) and chemical-induced disease (CID) relation extraction. Given the nature of both tasks, a test(More)
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