Sarah Bussell

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Tracer diffusion coefficients of integral membrane proteins (IMPs) in intact plasma membranes are often much lower than those found in blebbed, organelle, and reconstituted membranes. We calculate the contribution of hydrodynamic interactions to the tracer, gradient, and rotational diffusion of IMPs in plasma membranes. Because of the presence of immobile(More)
In order to produce sufficient quantities of fibroblast growth factor-saporin (rFGF-2-SAP) mitotoxin for preclinical evaluation in models of diseases such as cancer and restenosis, we have undertaken the large-scale expression, purification, and characterization of the recombinant molecule. The fusion gene encoding rFGF-2-SAP was cloned into the inducible(More)
A persistent discrepancy exists between theoretical predictions and experimental observations for the diffusion coefficients of integral membrane proteins in lipid bilayers free of immobilized proteins. Current thermodynamic theories overestimate tracer diffusion coefficients at high area fractions. We explore the hypothesis that the combined effect of(More)
BACKGROUND The role of nitric oxide in the ischemic injury of the kidney is still controversial. The aim of this study was to reevaluate the beneficial effect of exogenous nitric oxide and define its effects as regulator of gene p53 expression and apoptosis in the ischemic renal injury. METHODS Sprague-Dawley rats were subjected to 75 min of renal warm(More)
Mycobacterium avium is a common opportunistic infection of patients with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). We used the simian immunodeficiency virus (SIV)-infected rhesus macaque (Macaca mulatta) model to examine whether disseminated M. avium is associated with disruption of the somatotropic axis in AIDS. Macaques were followed prospectively, and(More)
Basic fibroblast growth factor (FGF-2) and saporin were chemically conjugated using the crosslinker, N-succinimidyl-3(2-pyridyldithio)-propionate. When purified, the conjugate was found to be heterogeneous as analyzed by SDS/PAGE, size-exclusion HPLC and reverse-phase HPLC. Therefore, we sought to synthesize a molecule that would be homogeneous and thus(More)
BACKGROUND Body-composition changes are common in individuals infected with human immunodeficiency virus. The purpose of the present study was to measure, as a model of wasting in acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), longitudinal body-composition changes in macaques infected with simian immunodeficiency virus (SIV). METHODS Twelve juvenile macaques(More)
BACKGROUND We investigated the impact that micronutrient supplementation has on the progression of simian acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (SAIDS). METHODS Twenty-four simian immunodeficiency virus-infected juvenile male rhesus macaques were randomized into 2 groups. One group was given certified chow, and the other group was given chow and a supplement(More)
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