William R. Brown

Learn More
CENP-H has recently been discovered as a constitutive component of the centromere that co-localizes with CENP-A and CENP-C throughout the cell cycle. The precise function, however, remains poorly understood. We examined the role of CENP-H in centromere function and assembly by generating a conditional loss-of-function mutant in the chicken DT40 cell line.(More)
CENP-C is an evolutionarily conserved centromeric protein. We have used the chicken DT40 cell line to test the idea that CENP-C is sufficient as well as necessary for the formation of a functional centromere. We have compared the effects of disrupting the localization of CENP-C with those of inducibly overexpressing the protein. Removing CENP-C from the(More)
This review of age-related brain microvascular pathologies focuses on topics studied by this laboratory, including anatomy of the blood supply, tortuous vessels, venous collagenosis, capillary remnants, vascular density and microembolic brain injury. Our studies feature thick sections, large blocks embedded in celloidin, and vascular staining by alkaline(More)
PURPOSE To investigate the association between an age-related degenerative disease of subependymal veins and leukoaraiosis. MATERIALS AND METHODS Brains obtained at autopsy from 22 patients (average age, 73.2 years; range, 25-95 years) were examined with magnetic resonance (MR) imaging and neuropathologic methods with alkaline phosphatase microvascular(More)
Specialized epithelia known as M cells overlying the lymphoid follicles of Peyer's patches are important in the mucosal immune system, but also provide a portal of entry for pathogens such as Salmonella typhimurium, Mycobacterium bovis, Shigella flexneri, Yersinia enterocolitica and reoviruses. Penetration of intestinal M cells and epithelial cells by(More)
We have analyzed the DNA sequences associated with four different human telomeres. Two are members of distinct repeated sequence families which are located mainly but not exclusively at telomeres. Two are unique in the genome, one deriving from the long arm telomere of chromosome 7 and the other from the pseudoautosomal telomere. One telomere-associated(More)
We have introduced human mini-chromosomes of 4 Mb and approximately 15 Mb in size into mouse embryonal stem cells. Although these human mini-chromosomes are stable in hamster and chicken cells, they re-arrange or segregate aberrantly in the embryonal stem cells and are rapidly lost in the absence of selection. However, one of the mini-chromosomes(More)
Cloning a cDNA for human IgGFc binding protein (FcgammaBP) from human colonic epithelial cells reveals an mRNA and coding region of 17 and 16.2 kilobases, respectively. The predicted amino acid sequence contains 12 occurrences of a 400-amino acid cysteine-rich unit resembling that found in mucin. A motif (CGLCGN) in FcgammaBP is conserved in MUC2 and(More)
We describe the cloning, characterisation and chromosomal mapping of the chicken hprt gene together with the construction of two counter selectable hprt-/- DT40 derived cell lines. One of these cell lines contains a stably integrated gene encoding a conditionally active cre recombinase and thus allows efficient manipulation of targeted loci by site-specific(More)