Susan F Morvaridi

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Coenzyme Qn (ubiquinone or Qn) is a redox active lipid composed of a fully substituted benzoquinone ring and a polyisoprenoid tail of n isoprene units. Saccharomyces cerevisiae coq1-coq9 mutants have defects in Q biosynthesis, lack Q6, are respiratory defective, and sensitive to stress imposed by polyunsaturated fatty acids. The hallmark phenotype of the(More)
Pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) is characterized by a fibrotic and inflammatory microenvironment that is formed primarily by activated, myofibroblast-like, stellate cells. Although the stellate cells are thought to contribute to tumorigenesis, metastasis and drug resistance of PDAC, the signaling events involved in activation of the stellate cells(More)
Smoking is a major risk factor for developing pancreatic adenocarcinoma (PDAC); however, little is known about the mechanisms involved. Here we employed a genetic animal model of early stages of PDAC that overexpresses oncogenic Kras in the pancreas to investigate the mechanisms of smoking-induced promotion of the disease in vivo. We confirmed the(More)
EPR spectroscopy is very useful in studies of the oxygen evolving cycle in Photosystem II and EPR signals from the CaMn(4) cluster are known in all S states except S(4). Many signals are insufficiently understood and the S(0), S(1), and S(3) states have not yet been quantifiable through their EPR signals. Recently, split EPR signals, induced by illumination(More)
Chronic pancreatitis is a prominent risk factor for the development of pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma. In both conditions, the activation of myofibroblast-like pancreatic stellate cells (PSCs) plays a predominant role in the formation of desmoplastic reaction through the synthesis of connective tissue and extracellular matrix, inducing local pancreatic(More)
The bitter taste receptor TAS2R38 is a G protein coupled receptor (GPCR) that has been found in many extra-oral locations like the gastrointestinal (GI) system, respiratory system, and brain, though its function at these locations is only beginning to be understood. To probe the receptor's potential metabolic role, immunohistochemistry of human ileum(More)
The long-lived, light-induced radical Y(D) of the Tyr161 residue in the D2 protein of Photosystem II (PSII) is known to magnetically interact with the CaMn(4) cluster, situated approximately 30 A away. In this study we report a transient step-change increase in Y(D) EPR intensity upon the application of a single laser flash to S(1) state-synchronised(More)
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