Investigation of the development of excitability has revealed that cells are often specialized at early stages to generate Ca(2+) transients. Studies of excitability have converged on the central role of Ca(2+) and K(+) channels in the plasmalemma that regulate Ca(2+) influx and have identified critical functions for receptor-activated channels in the… (More)
Phosphatidylinositol transfer proteins (PITPs) regulate the interface between signal transduction, membrane-trafficking, and lipid metabolic pathways in eukaryotic cells. The best characterized mammalian PITPs are PITP alpha and PITP beta, two highly homologous proteins that are encoded by distinct genes. Insights into PITP alpha and PITP beta function in… (More)
This study was undertaken to determine the contribution of various structures in the posterior cruciate ligament-deficient knee in resisting posterior tibial translation. With "isolated" injuries to the posterior cruciate ligament, the amount of posterior translation will decrease with the posterior drawer test as the knee is taken from neutral to internal… (More)
Methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and Pseudomonas aeruginosa (P. aeruginosa) infections are frequently associated with hospitalization and increased healthcare costs. Vitamin D deficiency may contribute to increased costs for patients with these infections and there is evidence that vitamin D may have an antimicrobial role. To evaluate the… (More)
Herein, we report the draft genome sequences of six individual Staphylococcus epidermidis clones, cultivated from blood taken from different preterm neonatal sepsis patients at the Royal Infirmary, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom.