Vanessa M. Johnson

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OBJECTIVE To test the efficacy and toxic effects of ammonium tetrathiomolybdate in the initial treatment of a relatively large series of patients with neurologic symptoms and signs caused by Wilson disease. Two key aspects of efficacy are to preserve the neurologic function present at the onset of therapy and to maximize the opportunity for long-term(More)
OBJECTIVE To test the efficacy and toxicity of a new drug, ammonium tetrathiomolybdate, in the initial treatment of a relatively large series of patients presenting with neurologic signs and symptoms caused by Wilson's disease. The key aspect of efficacy was to preserve the neurologic function present at the onset of therapy. DESIGN An open study of 17(More)
The rising atmospheric concentration of CO(2) has motivated researchers to seek routes for improved utilization, increased mitigation, and enhanced sequestration of this greenhouse gas. Through a combination of bioinformatics, molecular modeling, and first-principles quantum mechanics the binding of carbon dioxide to proteins is analyzed. It is concluded(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate right atrial (RA) "strain" as reflected by changes in P-wave amplitude and vector in patients with COPD immediately before and immediately after beginning treatment of exacerbations. BACKGROUND P-pulmonale (frequently temporary, reflecting acute RA strain) occurs under a variety of circumstances, including COPD. Emergency room (ED)(More)
2003 2 STATEMENT BY AUTHOR This thesis has been submitted in partial fulfillment of requirements for an advanced degree at The University of Arizona and is deposited in the University Library to be made available to borrowers under rules of the Library. Brief quotations from this thesis are allowable without special permission, provided that accurate(More)
The production of juvenile hormone III (JH III) by the corpora allata of the cockroach Diploptera punctata is regulated in part by peptides originating from the brain. One group of these peptides, termed allatostatins, reversibly inhibits the biosynthesis of JH in vitro. Allatostatin 4 (AST4: Asp-Arg-Leu-Tyr-Ser-Phe-Gly-Leu-amide) is the smallest member of(More)
INTRODUCTION Gait impairment in Parkinson's Disease (PD) is often severely disabling, yet frequently remains refractory to treatment. The locus coeruleus (LC) has diffuse noradrenergic projections that are thought to play a role in gait function. Enhancement of norepinephrine transmission may improve gait in some PD patients. We hypothesized that the(More)
Analogues of the small protein Manduca sexta eclosion hormone (62 amino acids) were synthesized by Fmoc solid-phase methodology. Matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization mass spectrometry (MALDI-MS) was used to analyze the products of the syntheses and this information was used to design an efficient purification scheme. MALDI-MS was used to monitor the(More)
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