Youssef Elias

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Sequence alignment of the TruA, TruB, RsuA, and RluA families of pseudouridine synthases (PsiS) identifies a strictly conserved aspartic acid, which has been shown to be the critical nucleophile for the PsiS-catalyzed formation of pseudouridine (Psi). However, superposition of the representative structures from these four families of enzymes identifies two(More)
The relationship between low-level childhood lead exposure and developmental retardation has been proposed but the existing evidence is weak. We examined the EEG of 42 children participating in the Mexico City Prospective Lead Study to determine if relative theta power and distribution across the scalp was related to history of lifetime lead exposure as(More)
The cupredoxin fold is an important motif in numerous proteins that are central to several critical cellular processes ranging from aerobic and anaerobic respiration to catalysis and iron homeostasis. Three types of copper sites have been found to date within cupredoxin folds: blue type 1 (T1) copper, red type 2 (T2) copper, and purple Cu(A). Although as(More)
Colicin E5 specifically cleaves four tRNAs in Escherichia coli that contain the modified nucleotide queuosine (Q) at the wobble position, thereby preventing protein synthesis and ultimately resulting in cell death. Here, the crystal structure of the catalytic domain of colicin E5 (E5-CRD) from E. coli was determined at 1.5 A resolution. Unexpectedly, E5-CRD(More)
Initial RNA transcription produces several tRNAs (one in prokaryotes and plant chloroplasts and seven or eight in eukaryotes) that contain an adenosine (A) at the wobble position (position 34). However, in all cases, adenosine at position 34 is post-transcriptionally converted to inosine (I), producing mature tRNAs without adenosine at the wobble position.(More)
The current National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) Guidelines consider the role of 2-deoxy-2-(18)F-fluoro-d-glucose positron emission tomography/computer tomography (FDG PET/CT) in the evaluation of cholangiocarcinoma (CCA) as "uncertain," and have recommended contrast enhanced computed tomography (CECT) but not FDG PET/CT as a routine imaging test(More)
A 12-year-old female child, with a history of polyuria and polydipsia of about three years duration, was admitted to Ethio-Swedish Paediatric Hospital, in Addis Abeba. Urine output in 24 hours averaged 5-6 litres, with a frequency of 15 times during the day and 7-8 times during the night. Random urine analysis showed an osmolality of 60 mOsm/kg, Na+ 27.1(More)
Tumor lysis syndrome (TLS) represents a constellation of laboratory and clinical derangements that can occur following treatment of malignancies with high cellular turnover. Most commonly noted in hematologic malignancies, TLS has been reported to occur following liver-directed therapy in the form of both ablative therapies and transarterial therapies.(More)
INTRODUCTION To determine the percentage of appearance of the H reflex and long latency reflexes (LLRs) in the thenar and hypothenar muscles of normal subjects to a fixed threshold mixed nerve electrical stimulus and variable degrees of muscle contraction. METHODS Fifteen subjects aged 21 to 32 years of age without any prior history of central or(More)
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