Virginia E. Fox

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Erythroid Kruppel-like factor (EKLF) is a transcription factor of the C2H2 zinc-finger class that is essential for definitive erythropoiesis. We generated immortal erythroid cell lines from EKLF(-/-) fetal liver progenitor cells that harbor a single copy of the entire human beta-globin locus and then reintroduced EKLF as a tamoxifen-inducible, EKLF-mutant(More)
Aniline has been reported to be positive in the mouse bone marrow micronucleus test. This finding is inconsistent with its lack of carcinogenicity in this species. Micronuclei can arise by mechanisms that do not involve direct interaction with DNA, e.g. induction of aneuploidy or stimulation of erythropoiesis. However, clastogenic materials would be(More)
Acetonitrile was tested for its ability to induce clastogenic or aneugenic effects through the induction of micronucleated polychromatic erythrocytes (MNPCE) in mouse bone marrow and peripheral blood. Groups of NMRI mice, five males and five females, were administered a single i.p. dose of acetonitrile, corresponding to the maximum tolerated dose (MTD), 100(More)
Trichloroacetic acid (TCA) was tested for its ability to induce chromosomal damage in cultured human peripheral blood lymphocytes and in bone marrow cells of male and female C57BL/6JfBL10/Alpk mice. Two in vitro cytogenetic assays were conducted with TCA. In the first TCA, as free acid, was added to whole blood cultures at final concentrations of 500, 2000(More)
A more complete description of African elephant phylogeography would require a method that distinguishes forest and savanna elephants using DNA from low-quality samples. Although mitochondrial DNA is often the marker of choice for species identification, the unusual cytonuclear patterns in African elephants make nuclear markers more reliable. We therefore(More)
Many elephant genetic studies have relied on non-invasively collected samples. To improve the success rate for microsatellite genotyping of degraded DNA, we redesigned primers to generate shorter PCR amplicon sizes. Twelve novel primer pairs successfully amplified DNA extracted from dung of African forest and savanna elephants. The novel microsatellite(More)
Two young (< 2 years old) elephants (Loxodonta africana) died suddenly and simultaneously at Ongava Game Reserve bordering on the Etosha National Park, Namibia. Both elephants showed lung congestion, epi- and endocardial haemorrhages and hyperaemic areas in the mucosa of the stomach and small intestine. Histopathology of the myocardium showed multifocal(More)
Locally isolated populations in marginal habitats may be genetically distinctive and of heightened conservation concern. Elephants inhabiting the Namib Desert have been reported to show distinctive behavioral and phenotypic adaptations in that severely arid environment. The genetic distinctiveness of Namibian desert elephants relative to other African(More)
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