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Characteristics Of The Import Of Lcpt I Into The

When the latter was incubated in an import mixture with freshly isolated rat liver mitochondria, L-CPT I became alkaline-resistant, and thus membrane-inserted, as was the native protein.51 Digitonin treatment of mitochondria confirmed that the imported L-CPT I was inserted into the OMM (Cohen I., Girard J. and Prip-Buus C., unpublished results). Thus, in vitro import of L-CPT I leads to its insertion into the OMM and represents a dynamic process that is time- and temperature-dependent.51 The successive steps involved in the import of L-CPT I into the OMM are schematically presented in Figure 1. It is generally assumed that a newly synthetized mitochondrial precursor must adopt an import-competent conformation in order to be efficiently imported into the mitochondria. The conformational state of precursors in the cytosol is usually different from that of the native proteins. In the case of L-CPT I, the protein present in the reticulocyte lysate is in a highly...

Recognition by Mitochondrial Receptors

And Prip-Buus C., unpublished results). Thus, the import of L-CPT I is dependent upon trypsin-sensitive mitochondrial receptors (Fig. 1). In mammals, only a small number of proteins have been identified as components of the mammalian Tom complex.68-72 Thus, the identity of the putative receptors involved in the mitochondrial recognition of the rat L-CPT I awaits further characterization.

Attaining Accuracy through Structural Flexibility

An important activity in the field of protein structure prediction and protein-protein docking is the community-wide experiments on critical assessment of structure prediction (CASP)298 and critical assessment of predicted interactions (CAPRI).299 These experiments allow a comparison of different computational methods on a set of prediction targets (experimentally determined structures unknown to the predictors). The protein-protein docking category was introduced at CASP288,89 and has been successfully continued in CAPRI. The CAPRI paradigm solicits yet unpublished structures of cocrystallized protein-protein complexes from experimentalists (primarily, x-ray crystal-lographers) and distributes the separately crystallized structures of the components, when available, to the community of predictors. The CAPRI experiment is conducted on a continued basis, updated with the availability of new prediction targets. Currently, approximately 3 years from its inception, five rounds of CAPRI...

Positioningyour trial

This information is essential in justifying a new trial as it would be unethical to embark on a new trial if there is already sufficient information from completed trials to answer the question posed, and possibly impractical if similar trials are already ongoing. Chapter 11 describes search strategies for identifying randomized trials in the published literature, and sources of information which may identify unpublished trials. Searching for non-randomized comparative studies requires a more ad hoc approach but is nonetheless important such studies may help build a case for or against a randomized trial.

Intraportal fluorouracil for colorectal cancer

In 1989, the UK Coordinating Committee on Cancer Research identified improving survival of colorectal cancer patients as a national priority, and set up a working group to develop trial proposals. This group conducted a systematic review 14 of published adjuvant chemotherapy trials, and also contacted other trials organisations to find out about ongoing trials and to obtain, where possible, unpublished data. This review identified portal vein infusion of fluorouracil given immediately post-operatively for one week as a highly promising treatment six trials had evaluated this treatment and together they suggested a striking, and highly statistically significant, reduction in the annual odds of death. However, the total number of patients included in the trials was only 1500 (only 300 of whom had died) and a high proportion of randomized patients were excluded from the published analyses which may have biased results in favour of chemotherapy (see Section 9.4.1). The data were therefore...

Fatty Acids Regulate the Mitochondrial Synthase Gene Expression Mediated by PPAR Localization of the PPRE

Rat PPRE of mitochondrial HMG-CoA synthase is a nuclear receptor responsive element (NRRE). We have shown (see Fig. 2 B) that despite the binding of PPAR RXR heterodimers to the PPRE, which transactivates the promoter activity, COUP-TF can bind as a homodimer to rat PPRE, competing with the PPAR-RXR binding and therefore abolishing the PPAR transactivation.9 We also showed that COUP-TF can form nonfunctional heterodimers with PPAR or RXR yielding the same effect the lack of transactivation in the presence of PPAR.9 HNF-4 is another nuclear receptor that can bind to rat PPRE. This binding does not require the complete element, only the DR-1 of the element, and it produces a similar effect in transcription activity to COUP-TF.10 Besides the binding to a PPRE just described, COUP-TF can trans-activate promoter constructs that carry only the GC and TATA box. Moreover, the effect of COUP-TF on this small piece of DNA is tissue-9 and species-specific (Judith Mallolas, and Pedro F. Marrero,...

Function in tissues other than muscle

The occurrence of phosphagen in tissues other than muscles suggests a more general function than that of ADP rephosphorylation. Jacobs et al. (1964) quote unpublished work suggesting a role in active transport and Ennor and Rosenberg (1952) speculate that phosphocreatine has a function other than that of acting as a reservoir of readily available phosphate-bound energy for the adenylic acid system and that it may contribute energy to endergonic reactions directly and without the mediation of the latter system . Recently Hardin et al. found PCr utilization preferential over exogenous ATP in plasma membrane vesicles (1992).

QOL Assessment Instruments

In general, articles in the QOL literature show that whatever instrument is under evaluation, is reliable (yields consistent values), valid (targets what it claims to measure), responsive (detects changes over time), sensitive (reflects true changes in individual patients), and practical to administer. Instruments that fail to document these parameters probably do not get published, although it would be interesting to see some scales that have not fulfilled these criteria possibly much could be learned from them. Often lacking are articles that demonstrate the reproducibility of a given instrument there appears to be more interest among authors in generating a slightly different instrument that is better than any of the others rather than in validating someone else's. All instruments vary slightly in methodology (e.g., self-response vs proxy, telephone vs mail vs interview) and psychometrically in what is included in the questionnaire. Outcomes research has demonstrated that patients...

Increasing Translation Efficiency

A problem sometimes encountered with soluble as well as membrane proteins is that the synthetic RNA encoding the desired protein is not translated efficiently in translation-competent cell lysates. This was also found for connexin polypeptides, and may be related to the length of the 5' untranslated region, the structure of the translation initiation sequence adjacent to the translation Start-AUG (22), or the absence of required factors. Optimization of the translation initiation sequence by site directed mutagenesis as well as adding subcellular fractions can improve translation efficiency. However, connexin translation efficiency was not substantially increased by these approaches (M. Falk, unpublished data).

Synthesis of Full Length Membrane Integrated Connexins in Cell Free Translation Systems

Two different methods have been found that prevent the cleavage and allow the efficient synthesis of full-length, correctly integrated connexin polypep-tides into microsomes. Single amino acid exchanges, introduced by site-directed mutagenesis into the first extracellular loops of ajCx43, PjCx32, as well as 32Cx26 (Glu57 to Ser in axCx43, Leu56 to Ser in pxCx32, and Leu54 to Ser in p2Cx26), completely inhibited the cleavage reaction, most likely because of a steric hindrance between oligosaccharyl transferase (OST), the enzyme that recognizes the core glycosylation sequence and transfers core glycosyl groups from dolichol onto asparagine (see Subheading 3.2.3.), and signal peptidase (15,16, M. Falk, unpublished results). The point mutations result in the creation of core glycosylation sites within the connexin sequences and the binding of OST to the nascent connexin polypeptides (see Subheading 3.2.3.). However, core glycosyl groups were added only to Cx32, and Cx26 polypeptides...

Materials and Methods

The genome sequences of thirty-two Baculoviruses were obtained from NCBI (Table 1). Prior to determining the relative gene orders of a given set of genomes, genes conserved across all genomes were identified via single-linkage clustering, in a method similar to BLASTCLUST (unpublished, available at http www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov BLAST docs blastclust.html). In this method, each gene was represented as a vertex, and an edge was placed between two vertices if the e-value of their alignment was lower than the cutoff. After all genes were compared, a cluster was defined by the genes representing a connected component in the resulting graph. Clusters that contained at least one gene for every genome considered were kept. While we did not use BLASTCLUST, because it does not save each BLASTP score and does not always perform every pair-wise comparison, our method is basically a reimplementation of the BLASTCLUST algorithm. Because of duplication and paralogous sets of genes, a second level of...

Synthesis of Oligomeric Connexons in Microsomes

Substantially increasing the translation efficiency of connexins in lysates (see Subsection 3.1.4.) was a crucial prerequisite to achieve multiple connexin polypeptide insertions into individual microsomes and the successful assembly into connexons within microsomes. Furthermore, the increased translation efficiency allowed subsequent analysis of the assembly behavior of connexin isotypes, and determination of assembly signals within the connexin polypep-tide sequences (15,37,38, M. Falk, unpublished results).

Interleukin1 and neurodegeneration

IL-1 is a monokine (macrophage cytokine) whose expression is regulated at multiple steps 49,50 . Following transcriptional activation and translation, generation of mature (active) IL-1 requires processing of proIL-1 by IL-1 converting enzyme (ICE caspase-1). Microglial expression of IL-1 is readily induced in vitro by a number of different stimuli, including HIV-1, hypoxia, P-amyloid, LPS, and cytokines (including IL-1 itself) 51-53 (and unpublished observations), as well as activation through the TLRs and scavenger receptors discussed above. IL-1 is unique in the sense that its own antagonist, IL-1 receptor antagonist (IL-1ra), is produced endoge-nously by macrophages. In the CNS, microglial cells express IL-1ra and recombinant IL-1ra is a potent and specific inhibitor of IL-1 action 54 . Microglial IL-1ra expression is subject to regulation by microbial components and cytokines. In general, proinflammatory cytokines that induce IL-1 also induce IL-1ra however, anti-inflammatory...

Antibodies Induced By Cytokine Therapy

Induction of anticytokine Ab has been reported in patients treated with human recombinant cytokines such as IFN-a, IFN-P, IFN-y, IL-2, and GM-CSF (3,6,7,123-127). ELISA and Western blotting have been used most frequently for the detection of cytokine-binding Ab, but this does not necessarily predict a neutralizing capacity of these Ab in vitro or in vivo (see below). Furthermore, these Ab are in many cases not autoreactive and therefore cannot be considered as autoantibodies, because they fail to react with the native cytokines. For example, patients with response failure to human recombinant IFN-a due to Ab development may respond to natural IFN-a (6). On the other hand, patients with preexisting Ab, at least to IFN-a, appear to be particularly at risk of developing high levels of neutralizing Ab and response failure (C. Ross et al. unpublished data). We have found that a significant number of MS patients develop neutralizing IFN-P Ab within 6 months of IFN-P therapy (Ross et al.,...

Inhibition of DNA Methylation

Procainamide and hydralazine were found to inhibit DNA methylation (Cornacchia et al. 1988). DNA methylation inhibits gene transcription, and so inhibition of DNA methylation could lead to lymphocyte activation. This is an attractive mechanism for the induction of lupus, and it does not require the formation of a reactive metabolite. However, it is conceivable that it is a reactive metabolite that is responsible for inhibition of DNA methylation. Decreased DNA methylation has also been reported in idiopathic lupus (Richardson et al. 1990). In unpublished studies, we found other drugs that inhibited DNA methylation to the same extent as procainamide, and yet the drugs involved are not associated with drug-induced lupus. Even if inhibition of DNA methylation is not the exclusive mechanism of drug-induced lupus, it may make a significant contribution to the mechanism for some drugs.

Chemistryled options for circumventing

Of metabolic enzymes (MFOs and esterases), negative cross-resistance has been demonstrated towards insecticides that require in vivo activation (i.e., pro-insecticides). For example, negative cross-resistance has been observed with indoxa-carb in H. armigera with increased levels of esterases (Gunning, 2003). However, this compound has little effect in M. persicae with elevated levels of esterase (Khambay, unpublished data). This difference may be accounted for by the kinetics of the hydrolysis reaction. In susceptible H. armigera, hydrolysis is incomplete by the end of the bioassay time. The increased levels of esterases in resistant H. armigera generate more active compound over the same period, resulting in a higher level of activity. In M. persicae, the hydrolysis is complete during the test period even in susceptible insects and therefore no additional effects are observed if increased levels of esterases are present. Negative cross-resistance has also been observed for...

Caveats to Using Engineered Animals in Drug Discovery and Development

Finally, care must be taken that the use of GEM and GER in DDD is undertaken as part of a well-designed program of mechanism-based research. Many companies have extrapolated GEM data derived from one or two screening experiments performed rapidly in an insufficiently characterized new model into proof that a given target or potential therapeutic has been validated - and wasted millions of dollars in further pursuit of a fruitless project. In my experience, DDD programs make two main blunders in this regard. The first is the overaggressive reading of a clinical abnormality as a gene-associated phenotype when, in fact, the condition results from a confounding factor. One example of such a syndrome is neonatal GEM lacking a neuron-specific protein which developed hydrocephalus and ataxia due to beta-hemolytic Streptococcus septicemia and encephalitis secondary to premature tailing for DNA analysis (unpublished data). The second mistake is to miss a real phenotype because the phenotypic...

Some miscellaneous topics

It is perfectly possible to ignore this and just analyse the system as open or closed, but this loses information. Li et al. 57 obtained some theoretical results for a chloride channel with two conductance levels (corresponding to one state each) and four shut states, of which one was short-lived. Ball, Milne and Yeo 12 give a general treatment of a multilevel system in which they derive burst properties including distributions of total charge transfer, and total sojourn time and number of visits to each conductance level during a burst. Building on unpublished work of Jalali, Mer-lushkin 61 has studied various apparent sojourn distributions allowing for TIO in the multilevel case.

Molecular Biology

Clonal rearrangement of TCR-genes has been detected in 40-100 of LyP lesions by Southern blot technique or PCR. In archival formalin-fixed and paraffin-embedded skin biopsies, the rate of detection of clonal T-cell population is lower and may be restricted to certain histologic subforms of LyP (own unpublished data). Cytogenetic studies have demonstrated chromosomal deletions and rearrangements of chromosomes 1, 7, 9, and 10 (14). The t(2 5) (p23 q35) translocation characteristic of systemic anaplastic large cell lymphomas is not detected in LyP (15,16).

Dale W Laird Karen Jordan and Qing Shao 1 Introduction

GFP is a 238 amino acid protein originally cloned from the jellyfish Aequorea victoria (4). GFP is rapidly becoming an important reporter molecule for monitoring gene expression and protein localization in vivo and in vitro in live cells (5). Fusion constructs that join GFP to Cxs (Cx-GFP chimeras) can provide important insights into localization of Cxs, mechanisms of Cx trafficking, and pathways for GJ disassembly, internalization, and degradation. We have now fused GFP to a number of Cxs, without apparent disruption of Cx trafficking to the cell surface or inhibition of gap junction plaque formation (Laird, Jordan, and Shao, unpublished data). In the case of Cx43-GFP, this fusion protein assembles into GJ plaques (see Fig. 2) and functional channels that exhibit wild-type characteristics (6).

Inhibitors Of 0oxidation And Sequestration Of Coash

Several inhibitors of P-oxidation have been proposed to act by sequestration of intramitochondrial CoASH. High concentrations of short chain fatty acids, such as cyclopropanecarboxylic acid which are not oxidized, cause a lowering of CoASH and inhibition of (i-oxidation and of oxidation of 2-oxoglutarate and pyruvate. However, other fatty acids such as hypoglycin and pent-4-enoic acid, which inhibit mitochondrial p-oxidation and have been described as acting by sequestration of CoASH, are still inhibitory to P-oxidation at much lower concentrations than are required to sequester CoASH. Metabolites of hypoglycin and pent-4-enoic acid have subsequently been shown to have specific inhibitory effects.35-39 Acyl-CoAs can act as competitive inhibitors of p-oxidation, for example we have shown that palmitoyl-CoA impedes flux of 2-hexade-cenoyl-CoA through the isolated trifunctional protein (Eaton, Middleton & Bartlett, unpublished observations). Maleate is a potent inhibitor of p-oxidation...

Steroids and Lipoproteins in the CNS

Astrocytic apoJ mRNA is also under estrogen control in vitro We demonstrated 2-fold increase of apoJ mRNA in both monotypic astrocyte and mixed glial cultures (Rozovsky et al, unpublished data). Experiments with rats also suggest some form of interactions between apoJ mRNA and ovarian steroids other than estrogen. After entorhinal cortex lesioning (ECL), rats which were also OVXed have 20 higher apoJ mRNA levels in the deafferented dentate gyrus (p

Retrograde Signalling In Pyramidal Cellbitufted

By trains of bAPs induced depression of EPSPs in pyramidal-to-bitufted cell synapses (Fig. 4A). The on- and off- rates of EPSP depression were fast, similar to those in FSN-pyramidal cell synapses. Intracellular application of Ca2+ buffers, such as BAPTA and EGTA, prevented synaptic depression. Both the paired-pulse ratio and the number of synaptic failures significantly changed during conditioning, indicating that the depression was expressed at the presynaptic site. As in case of inhibitory synapses, presynaptic metabotropic receptors seemed to be involved in mediating retrograde signalling. Fig. 4B demonstrates that baclofen, a selective agonist of GABAb receptors, reversibly inhibited the efficacy of pyramidal-bitufted cell synapses. Meanwhile, the selective GABAb receptor antagonist CGP55845A completely prevented the EPSP depression (Fig. 4C). Thus, dendritic release of GABA was suggested as a mechanism underlying synaptic depression in pyramidal-bitufted cell connections. In...

Enhancer Binding Protein AP1 aka Jun Fos

Phosphorylation at Serine 73 Identified by Amino Acid Sequence Analysis. The three fractions comprising the peak of activity were pooled and used for amino acid sequence analysis. Protein in the peak fractions were coupled to a solid support and Edman degradation was conducted from the N-terminal end. Each cycle of degradation was collected in a single fraction, and counted in a scintillation counter. Two repetitions of the procedure are plotted on the same axis. A phosphorylated residue eluted on the third cycle. Of the possible proteolytic fragments generated, Serine 73 is the only residue at the third position from the N-terminal end that is a target for phosphorylation, contained within the following peptide LASPELERLIIQSSNGHITTTPTPTQFLCPK. (Figs. 5.3 and 5.4 from Warren K. Hoeffler, William Kohr, and Arthur D. Levinson, unpublished data) Fig. 5.4. Phosphorylation at Serine 73 Identified by Amino Acid Sequence Analysis. The three fractions comprising the peak of activity...

Lipoproteins in the CNSSource and Structure

Apolipoprotein E is expressed by astrocytes2,11,12 and is released in association with disc-like, high density lipoproteins.7 Apolipoprotein E is also synthesized in microglia,13,14 and released on similar particles (Rebeck et al, unpublished data). The particles presumably are the precursors of the apoE-lipoproteins found in the CSF, which are larger due to a higher percentage of esterified cholesterol.7 Studies of apoE isoforms in CSF of individuals after liver transplant indicated that nearly all of the apoE present in the CNS is synthesized locally.15 Apolipoprotein J and apoD are also made in the CNS.16,17 Apolipoprotein J is synthesized and secreted from astrocytes as part of high density lipoproteins.7 Apolipoprotein J message is also found in ependymal cells, the choroid plexus, and neurons 16,18 whether this apoJ is also secreted with lipoproteins from these cells is unknown.

Structure Based Methods for Focused Libraries

The same research group took advantage of their CDK4 homology model in follow-up studies aimed at improving selectivity over other kinases (T Iwama et al., unpublished results). This time the library was constructed from de novo design suggestions provided by LUDI and LeapFrog. The end result was a 1.6 nM inhibitor of CDK4 that showed 110fold selectivity over CDK2.

Walter Steffen 1 Introduction

A very gentle and efficient method to introduce components into cells is the Tat-mediated delivery method (6). In contrast to microinjection and electroporation, this method does not cause any physical stress and is applicable to adhesive (6) as well as non-adhesive cells (Killisch, Mechtler, Beug, and Steffen, unpublished data). Tat is a polypeptide of the human HIV-1 virus, which can enter cultured cells efficiently when added to the culture medium (7). More recently it has been demonstrated that the cellular uptake is mediated

Splice Variants and Soluble Forms of apoE Receptors

One of the ligand binding repeats and exon 16, containing sequence for the O-linked glycosylation region.27 Apolipoprotein ER2 is even more complex, with at least four exons alternatively spliced 30,53,54 exon 5, containing three ligand binding repeats exon 8, containing one EGF repeat exon 15, containing the O-linked glycosylation region and exon 18, containing a cytoplasmic domain that is not homologous to sequence in other members of the family. No splicing has been reported for LDLR, LRP, or gp330. We have examined brain cDNA for alternate splicing of LRP, but, despite having 89 exons, we have observed no alternative splicing (unpublished data).

Sublethal Effects of Indoxacarb

Liu et al. (2002) observed numerous effects of indoxacarb on the development of cabbage looper (Trichoplusia ni) larvae feeding on field-aged leaf residues 18-20 days old as well as on subsequent pupae and emerging adults. These effects were also documented on heliothine and Spodoptera species fed on diet with indoxacarb at 0.1 and 0.01 ppm (Andaloro, unpublished data). Larval development was greatly extended compared to the untreated check survivors pupated 1-2 weeks later. Treated larvae were much smaller than untreated larvae. Some larvae could not molt or pupate properly, with exuvia remaining attached and sometimes severely restricting the body. Treated lepidopteran larvae and Colorado potato beetle (Leptinotarsa decemlineata) larvae sometimes are unable to dig into the soil and thus pupate on top of the soil. In the laboratory, lepidopteran adults emerging from treated larvae often have abnormal wings or are unable to fly. Liriomyza adults whose larvae were exposed to leaves...

Fiber Growth to Distinct Peripheral and Central Targets

Also be played by glial cells in the developing ear, in particular for the outgrowth of fibers toward the brain (Begbie and Graham 2001). These issues could be studied in v-erb-b2 erythroblastic leukemia viral oncogene homolog receptor 2 (Erbb2) mutant mice which have no glial cells (Morris et al. 1999). Preliminary data on Erbb2 mutant mice strongly support this notion (Morris and Fritzsch, unpublished data).

In Search of a Mechanisms of Action

In addition, in vitro 3H -modafinil (specific activity 20 Ci mmol-1) was, in our hands, unable to bind specifically to many brain tissues from various animal species (mouse total brain, cortex, hippocampus, thalamus, hypothalamus, pons medulla rat total brain rabbit cortex, hippocampus dog total brain, cortex) and autoradiography studies in the rat did not display any affinity of the labeled compound for any brain area (unpublished results).

Cell Survival and Death

Recently, spiral ganglion cells from the human cochlea were cultured in vitro. Unpublished data show that under the influence of BDNF and NTF3 and or glial-cell-line derived neurotrophic factor (GDNF), these cells differentiated into elongated neuons. These neurons demonstrated transient expression of the intermediate filament marker, nestin (Rask-Anderson et al. 2005). Although further investigation of these cultured cells is still to come, such as expression analysis for the spiral ganglion-specific Gata3 gene, these data suggest some plasticity of sensory neurons and an ability of neurotrophins to stimulate neuronal fiber outgrowth.

Relative Importance of Translational Efficiency and Accuracy on Codon Usage Bias

The reasoning above leaves one question unanswered. Why is it necessary to invoke translational efficiency to account for codon usage bias Can't we attribute all the codon usage bias to the effect of maximizing translational accuracy and forget about translational efficiency The answer is that the effect of maximizing translational accuracy is insufficient to account for the observed codon usage bias. For example, highly expressed genes exhibit greater codon bias than lowly expressed genes, but the former are not necessarily more conservative than the latter (greater conservativeness presumably implies greater demand for accuracy). We can rank protein genes according to their conservativeness, or rank them according to their expressivity, and find out which ranking explains codon usage bias better. Preliminary results (unpublished) suggest that the expressivity is the more important of the two.

Indoxacarb and Insecticide Resistance

(Musca domestica) resistant to spinosad (Shono and Scott, 2003) and organophosphates (Sugiyama etal., 2001) tobacco budworm (Heliothis virescens) resistant to spinosad (Young et al., 2001) German cockroach resistant to pyrethroids (Appel, 2003 Dong, unpublished data) tortricid leafrollers resistant to organophosphates (Olszak and Pluciennik, 1998) cotton bollworm (H. armigera) resistant to cyclodienes, organophosphates, carbamates and pyrethroids (Ahmad et al., 2003) diamondback moth (Plutella xylostella) resistant to several conventional chemistries and spinosad (Boyd, 2001) Insect pests representing eight species (H. vires-cens, H. armigera, S. exigua, S. eridania, S. littoralis, P. xylostella, and T. absoluta) in over 20 countries have been targeted for a sustained susceptibility monitoring program by DuPont Agricultural Products (Andaloro, unpublished data). These populations are evaluated by a feeding assay throughout each season in locations that have a history of insecticide...

Essential Muscle Specific Transcription Factors

The later requirement for Twi in activating the myogenic differentiation program seems to be due at least in part to the Twi-mediated activation of mef2 in the somatic mesoderm. mef2 transcripts are absent in twi mutant embryos, and ectopic expression of Twi in ectodermal tissue induces the expression of mef2 (Taylor et al., 1995). That the effect of Twi on mef2 is through direct transcrip-tional activation has been further demonstrated by the identification of a 175 bp region in the mef2 promoter that is both necessary for mef2 expression in the somatic mesoderm and sufficient to drive its ectopic expression in response to ectopic Twi (Cripps et al., 1998). Moreover, the Twi protein binds to sequences within this enhancer (Cripps et al., 1998). It is clear, however, that the sole function of high Twi is not simply to activate mef2 in myogenic tissues. The fact that twi is essential for expression of Sns (B.A. Bour and S.M.A., unpublished), but mef2 is not (Bour et al., 2000),...

Plasma Membrane Localization and Shedding of Emmprin

LX-1 carcinoma cell-conditioned medium contains several protein species of 58 kDa and smaller molecular weight which are crossreactive with the EMMPRIN antibody.101,103 The 58 kDa protein, which is the same size as the intact cell surface EMMPRIN, might be released as a component of shed membrane vesicles, whereas the smaller species might be derived from membrane bound EMMPRIN by proteolytic cleavage. In support of the latter, we have obtained data indicating that elastase treatment of the 58 kDa membrane form generates a 35 kDa species identical in molecular weight to a species consistently present in conditioned medium (unpublished data). Although the released forms are less active compared with intact membrane EMMPRIN, they might have some role in vivo since they would have better accessibility to nearby cells. In addition, since culture of tumor cells on matrix deposited by fibroblasts increases the level of EMMPRIN in conditioned media,99 determination of the matrix component(s)...

Myoinhibiting Myoinhibitory Peptides

The likely source of hemolymph-borne MIPs in larvae is a pair of epiproctodeal glands, each composed of two large neurosecretory cells. Both glands are located on lateral sides of the hindgut and are part of the proctodeal nervous system (Reinecke et al., 1978 Zitnan et al., 1995a Davis et al., 2003). Interestingly, gradual accumulation followed by a rapid decrease of MIP-IR was observed during the 4th larval instar. A marked decrease of MIP-IR coincides with the decline of ecdysteroid titer at the end of the instar. This suggests that MIPs may initiate the decline of ecdysteroids from prothoracic glands at that time. Indeed, MIP I (PTSH) inhibits ecdysteroid production from prothoracic glands of B. mori in vitro (Hua et al., 1999). Another possible source of circulating MIPs may come from a subset of midgut (gastric) endocrine cells, which show immunohistochemical staining in Manduca and Bombyx (Spalovska-Valachova and Zitnan, unpublished data). Expression of MIPs in these endocrine...

Emmprin Stimulation of Fibroblasts

Identification of the molecule on the surface of fibroblasts that interacts with tumor cell-derived EMMPRIN to cause increased fibroblast MMP production is crucial to understanding the mechanism of MMP induction via cell-cell interactions. Although neural cell-adhesion molecule (NCAM), which is also a member of the immunoglobulin superfamily, operates via both homophilic (NCAM to NCAM) and heterophilic binding mechanisms (e.g., NCAM to heparin heparan sulfate proteoglycan and various collagens),98 EMMPRIN seems to act on fibroblasts via heterophilic binding mechanisms since EMMPRIN expression has not been detected on the fibroblast cell surface.101,110 Recently we have used EMMPRIN-affinity chromatography to isolate the putative fibroblast receptor for EMMPRIN and are in the process of characterizing this protein (Guo and Toole, unpublished data).

Myocardial Hypertrophy

Similar weight increases are to be expected in methamphetamine-related deaths, though methamphetamine toxicity has not received nearly the attention devoted to cocaine.31 Surprisingly, there is evidence that similar increases in heart size are to be seen in heroin abusers. The results of several, as yet unpublished, preliminary studies, indicate that increases comparable to those produced by cocaine may occur.31,34 Hypertrophy in stimulant abusers is thought to be catecholamine related. There is, however, no satisfactory explanation for the changes in the opiate abusers. The injection practices of heroin users can, of course, lead to pulmonary granulomas and pulmonary hypertension, but preliminary data suggest that the observed increases are not related to that mechanism.

Protein Homologues of Emmprin and Their Possible Functions

Significant levels of EMMPRIN and its homologues are present in a wide variety of normal embryonic and adult tissues (T. Nakamura and C. Biswas, unpublished results).107,121,128,129 The function of EMMPRIN and related molecules in many of these locations is not at all clear. However, it will be of interest to determine whether the EMMPRIN homologues and related molecules also act via cell-cell interactions to stimulate MMP production. For example, the presence of M6 antigen, which is identical to EMMPRIN, on granulocytes in patients with rheumatoid arthritis117 may indicate a role for EMMPRIN in stromal MMP production and in the consequent matrix degradation that occurs in the arthritic joint. EMMPRIN may also cause an increase in MMP production by dermal fibro-blasts during wound healing or embryonic development since EMMPRIN is expressed in

Experimental evidence for conditional backpropagation

The detailed knowledge of pyramidal cell morphology, the organization of primary sensory and feedback input, and of the conductances shaping burst firing in vitro, makes pyramidal cells ideally suited for detailed modeling of the mechanism underlying burst firing. This mechanism differs in interesting ways from burst generation as described in several other systems. One obvious peculiarity of ELL pyramidal cell bursts is that ISI duration decreases in the course of a burst (Figure 8.9b), a phenomenon that has not been described in any other system so far. In vivo, however, this ISI pattern can be observed only rarely (Krahe, unpublished observations). With natural synaptic input, other factors like inhibition and the interplay between affer

Sex and social evolution in primates

Paternity is most easily concentrated when a female mates briefly, and exclusively or predominantly with a single male, whereas paternity confusion requires mating with multiple males, and therefore in most cases extended periods of mating. A review of primate mating behaviour (van Noordwijk, unpublished) shows that males can use a variety of anatomical, chemical and behavioural cues to assess the female's oestrogen activity, and thus likelihood of ovulation. However, the feasibility of deceptive receptivity during pregnancy underscores that ovulation itself is truly concealed to males at all times. The cues used by males can also be produced during pregnancy (when ovulation is effectively blocked), although females will be less attractive because of the inevitable endocrine differences (for which they may compensate by being more proceptive, e.g. patas Loy, 1981). Indeed, males mating with females during pregnancy tend to be lower-ranking or subadult males (e.g. gorilla Watts, 1991...

FLRFamide Related Peptides

Performance during the ecdysis behavioral sequence. Consistent with this hypothesis, elevated levels of F7D and F10 were detected in the hemo-lymph 10 min after adult emergence (Kingan et al., 1996). The release of F10 at ecdysis also is suggested by the considerable reduction of its precursor mRNA levels in the ventral nerve cord following each larval, pupal, and adult ecdysis (Lu et al., 2002). Independent experiments suggest that F10 from the nervous system and its extended isoforms, F24 and F39, isolated from the midgut (Kingan et al., 1990 Kingan et al., 1997b) induce the ecdysis sequence when injected into pharate 4th or 5th instar Manduca larvae (Spalovska-Valachova, Kingan, Adams, Zitnan, unpublished data see Section 3.1.5.2). Using in situ hybridization, reaction with F10 riboprobes occurs in a subset of FMRFamide-immu-nopositive neurons in the CNS (Lu et al., 2002). Notably, this includes neurosecretory cells known as type Ia1, IIa5, and III (Copenhaver and Truman, 1986a...

Induction of Retinal Ischemia

Peak expression of VEGF by AAV has been determined to be at 3 to 6 wk therefore, the physical disruption of the blood vessels is done during this time (unpublished data). Begin by anesthetizing the mice normally with a general anesthetic, and concurrently administer a 10 sodium fluorescein solution intraperitoneally, which labels blood vessels for facilitating visualization during procoagulation.

Small Bowel Obstruction

Surprisingly, the rate of small-bowel obstruction has not been shown to significantly increase over time, perhaps suggesting that it will occur early or not at all. This idea would perhaps support the notion of small-bowel dysmotility being a factor. Obstruction occurred in four of 38 patients after a mean follow-up of 20 months and seven of 74 patients after a mean follow-up of 56 months.15,18 Long-term follow-up studies (longer than 5 years) have reported small-bowel obstruction in six of 30 patients from the Cleveland Clinic (Florida)26 and in eight of 40 patients in our unit (unpublished data).

Myoblast Recognition and Adhesion

Genetic studies in Drosophila have identified three genes encoding members of the Immunoglobulin Superfamily (IgSF) that are essential for myoblast recognition and adhesion. These include sns (Bour et al., 2000), duf kirre (Ruiz-Gomez et al., 2000), and irreC rst (Strunkelnberg et al., 2001). The sns locus was identified on the basis of its mutant phenotype in embryos, in which there is a complete absence of multinucleate muscle fibers and a correspondingly large number of unfused myosin-expressing myoblasts (Bour et al., 2000). It is predicted to encode a protein with eight extracellular Ig domains, a single fibronectin type-III domain, a transmembrane region, and a cytoplas-mic region. The sns transcript and protein are expressed exclusively in the fusion-competent cells of the somatic (Bour et al., 2000) and visceral (San Martin and Bate, 2001 Klapper et al., 2002) musculature. Sns expression is evident just prior to fusion and decreases rapidly as fusion is completed. Both...

Intracellular Events Associated with Myoblast Fusion

In Drosophila embryonic myoblasts, localization of Mbc to the cell membrane may be mediated by interactions with the Ants Rols protein (Chen and Olson, 2001). In other organisms and tissue types, however, the CDM proteins appear to be dependent on upstream proteins that include the small SH2-SH3 domain containing adaptor protein Crk (CT10 regulator of kinase) (Matsuda et al., 1996 Reddien and Horvitz, 2000). Crk has been proposed to function by linking phosphotyrosine signals at the membrane via its SH2 domain and with downstream effectors via its SH3 domain. This can lead to accumulation of Crk and its downstream effectors to discrete sites at the plasma membrane (Feller et al., 1998). The interaction between a CDM family member and Crk appears to be conserved in Drosophila. For example, Dcrk was identified in a Far-Western screen for proteins interacting with the C-terminus of Mbc (Galletta et al., 1999). Like Crk-II (Matsuda et al., 1994) and Ced-5 (Reichman et al., 1992), DCrk...

The Active Principal

In spite of their potential heuristic value, there are as yet no detailed studies of the movements of Portia's AM eyes. However, it is known that the AM eyes of Portia fimbriata are more active than those of any other species that has been examined (D. S. Williams and McIntyre, 1980). In fact, they move almost continuously, even in complete darkness (D. P. Harland, unpublished results).

Recent Studies on the Possible Identity of Microsomal CATa

Although CATA can be solubilized from rat liver microsomes using mild detergents such as deoxycholate5 and reconstituted into liposomes of known phospholipid compo-sition10 without loss of activity, further purification of the enzyme away from other membrane components requires harsher conditions, which inactivate the enzyme. For example, substantial further purification can be achieved by extraction into 8mM CHAPS with 4 M urea followed by anion-exchange chromatography and gel filtration (N. M. Broadway & E. D. Saggerson, unpublished work) but the protein then has to be detected by indirect means. Because of these difficulties, purification of microsomal CATa to homogeneity has not yet been achieved. It was during attempts to purify CATa, prior to sequencing, that we arrived at the notion that microsomal CATa and mitochondrial CFT, may be very similar proteins.

Embryo Transplantation

Whole Embryo Culture

The whole embryo culture system may be utilized in many experiments. For example, it has been used successfully to allow embryonic development after injections of deoxyri-bonucleic acid or morpholino oligonucleotides into the third pharyngeal pouch at E10.5 (Gordon J., Manley, N. R., and Blackburn, C. C., manuscript in preparation) and in bead implant experiments (Moore-Scott, B. A., unpublished data).

Risk Of Maternal Infection During Pregnancy

No studies have been published regarding the risk of exposure for pregnant travelers in dengue endemic areas, and reported cases are rare. Among the 1275 cases of suspected dengue imported to the United States and reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Dengue Branch from 1994 to 2000, only one pregnant patient was reported (CDC, unpublished data, 2003). The patient had traveled to the Caribbean and developed anti-dengue IgM antibodies, but serologic results to rule out dengue infection in the newborn were indeterminate.

Glycoprotein 330Megalin

In brain lesion models, gp330 immunostaining is enhanced both in neurons and glia (Pasinetti et al, unpublished observations). It has been suggested that expression of gp330 at sites of neuronal injury may mediate the endocytosis of apoJ, perhaps complexed with membrane debris from synaptic remodeling. It has been reported that astrocytes secrete a novel apoE-apoJ lipoprotein particle.104 In AD brains, the cells containing significant nuclear DNA fragmentation express the highest level of cell surface gp330-like immunoepitopes.105 Although the relationship of gp330 to apoJ has not been studied in AD, it has been shown that dying neurons in AD brain accumulate apoE (also ligand for gp330), that correlates with the detection of intracellular Ap immunoreactivity and expression of gp330. It has been suggested that uptake of lipids may stabilize Ap protein within the cell, and that neuronal cell death likely precedes the extracellular deposition of Ap in AD brains.105 Brain ISF Ap deposits...

Dengue Infection In The Pregnant Woman

In a review of laboratory-positive cases of mother-infant pairs in Puerto Rico from 1994 to 2003, four cases of maternal-fetal transmission were documented. All mothers were positive for anti-dengue IgM antibody, and infants were diagnosed by virus isolation, polymerase chain reaction, or anti-dengue IgM detection (CDC, unpublished data, 2003). In three of the four cases, the disease in the mother was only suspected following occurrence of symptoms in the newborn. All mothers showed fever, and as in other groups with dengue, leukopenia and thrombocytopenia were present in the four pregnant women.

Integrin Expression on Osteogenic Cells

In addition to collagen receptor integrins, all the osteogenic cell lines mentioned above express a3p1 and a5p1 integrins. We have recently analyzed aV integrin expression on Saos-2 cells and they seem to have three aV containing heterodimers aVp3, aVp5, and aVp6 (Koistinen and Heino, unpublished results).

NGlycosylation Tagging

We have used this method to demonstrate a cotranslational membrane integration of ajCx43, PjCx32, and p2Cx26 into microsomes, and that the transmembrane topology of connexin polypeptides integrated into microsomes is identical to their topology in the plasma membrane (16, M. Falk, unpublished results). p2Cx26 by substituting specific amino acid residues using site directed mutagenesis (15,16, M. Falk, unpublished results). Whereas the mutants with the consensus sites in the extracellular loop E1 or E2 were efficiently glycosylated after cell-free translation in the presence of microsomes resulting in a reduced mobility on SDS-polyacrylamide gels, the mutants with the consensus sites in the intrac-ellular loop were not glycosylated. In control aliquots, endogly-cosidase H (endoH) digestion was used to remove the carbohydrate side chains. Electro-phoretic mobility was shifted back to the electrophoretic mobility of wild-type connexin proteins (see Fig. 1 in ref. 15, Fig. 2B in ref. 16,...

Formate is the Precursor of CO2

As found initially in human skin fibroblasts,24 formate is also produced in other cell types such as rat hepatocytes,30 human HepG2 hepatoma cells and canine MDCK cells during the degradation of 3-MBFAs (unpublished data). The ratio of formate to CO2 production can differ, however, being high in fibroblasts (about 10)24 and low in rat hepatocytes (about 0.3-0.4).30 As a consequence, both products should be determined in order to obtain valid data. Addition of unlabelled formate to isolated rat hepatocytes incubated with 3-methyl- 1-14C heptadecanoate decreased the generation of radioactive CQ. This was accompanied by a compensatory increase in radioactive formate.31 This clearly indicates that formate is formed first and subsequently converted to CO2.

Lauri A Aaltonen Stina Roth and Charis Eng 1 Introduction

It should be noted that, according to the present knowledge and unlike the other hamartomatous polyposis syndromes juvenile polyposis and Peutz-Jeghers syndrome, Cowden disease does not confer a clearly increased risk of colon cancer. Indeed, in the only population-based study, the risk of colon cancer was 3 (2). The disease is so poorly recognized that it is difficult to estimate whether some risk is present adenomatous polyps in Cowden disease have been described (3). Clinical data of at least two Cowden syndrome families is compatible with colon cancer predisposition (Eng, unpublished).

ApoE and apoJ Presence and Potential Roles in CNS

Amount of CSF lipoproteins containing apoE and apoJ are likely to be derived from brain parenchyma, our group has characterized lipoproteins secreted by astrocytes, cells likely to be secreting apoE and apoJ-containing lipoproteins within brain tissue. There were similarities and differences between astrocyte-secreted vs. CSF lipoproteins. We found that primary cultured rat astrocytes produce nascent lipoprotein particles which are HDL-like in size, contain little core lipid, are primarily discoidal in shape, and contain apoE and apoJ.20 In preliminary experiments using coimmunoprecipitation of astrocyte-secreted lipopro-teins under nondenaturing conditions, we have found that most apoJ is in distinct non-apoE-containing particles. Whether there are some apoE-containing particles which also contain apoJ remains to be determined. In recent studies we have also studied astrocyte-derived lipoprotein particles from wild type mice and apoE knockout (- -) mice. Like rat astrocytes, cultured...

The Contributions of Hindbrain and Mesoderm to Otic Placode Induction Recent Studies

The availability of molecular markers for the otic placode and the emergence of new genetic organisms such as zebrafish have prompted new studies of otic placode induction. Several of these studies have tended to emphasize the role of cranial paraxial mesoderm in otic placode induction. For example, Mendonsa and Riley (Mendonsa and Riley 1999) examined a series of zebrafish mutants that affected development of cranial mesoderm or the hindbrain. They found that cyclops and one-eyed pinhead mutants, which both have deficiencies in cranial mesoderm, had delayed formation of the otic placode. Total disruption of maternal and zygotic one-eyed pinhead mRNA using morpholino knockdown lead to embryos with little or no Pax8 expression, and significantly smaller otic vesicles (Phillips et al. 2001). In contrast, mutants affecting differentiation of axial mesoderm (such as no tail or floating head) did not affect otic placode induction. Moreover, the valentino mutation (a mutant of the kreisler...

Ecotoxicology and Mammalian Reduced Risk Profiles

Both tebufenozide and methoxyfenozide have been classified by the US Environmental Agency (EPA) as reduced risk pesticides because of their low acute and chronic mammalian toxicity, low avian toxicity, and their safety to most beneficial arthropods and compatibility with integrated pest management programs. Both tebufenozide and methoxyfenozide are toxic primarily to lepidopteran pests, but they are also toxic to a few dipteran (C. tentans, mosquitos) pests. Of the 150 insect species tested, both tebufe-nozide and methoxyfenozide were found to be safe to members of the insect orders Hyme-noptera, Coleoptera, Diptera, Heteroptera, Hemi-ptera, Homoptera, and Neuroptera (Glenn Carlson, unpublished data). When used at rates that are 18- to 1500-fold greater than that producing 90 mortality in lepidopteran larvae, both tebufeno-zide and methoxyfenozide had little or no effect on a panel of non-lepidopteran pests (Coleoptera, Homoptera, mites, and nematodes Trisyono et al., 2000 Carlson et...

Metabolism of Signal Molecules

Of the last larval instar (before and during the first peak of ecdysteroid synthesis), with no detectable expression in fat body, midgut, nerve cord, or ovary (M.J. Snyder, V.M. Guzov, J.L. Stevens, and R. Feyereisen, unpublished data). The function of this member of the CYP4 family in prothoracic glands is unknown, but may be related to that of crayfish CYP4C15 (Aragon et al., 2002) or Drosophila CYP4G15 (Maibeche-Coisne etal., 2000).

Effects of Elevated Ecdysteroid Levels

Manduca, only pharate stages are sensitive to PETH and ETH. Injection of these peptides into freshly ecdysed, feeding, or wandering larvae, or ecdysed pupae and adults never results in pre-ecdysis or ec-dysis behaviors. Animals become sensitive and show specific behavioral responses to PETH and ETH some 1-2 days prior to ecdysis depending on the particular stage. The onset of this sensitivity has been determined for pharate 5th instar larvae and pharate pupae (Zitnan et al., 1999 Zitnanova et al., 2001). Pharate larvae become responsive to PETH or ETH injections at the time of peak ecdysteroid levels, which corresponds to initiation of head capsule slip (30h prior to ecdysis). These animals respond to ETH injection with pre-ecdysis behavior only, but after the head capsule is completely slipped 2 h later, ETH injection induces the entire behavioral sequence in most animals. ETH treatment of pha-rate pupae elicits ecdysis behavior about 48 h prior to expected ecdysis (Figure 17a)....

Mice with a LAT Y136F mutation

When purified CD4 + T cells from LaiY136F mice were adoptively transferred into hosts that are both T cell deficient and B cell proficient (as a result of the Cd3-mutation Malissen et al 1995 ), they expanded over time and converted most host B cells into IgE- and IgG1-producing cells (Y. Wang and M. Malissen, unpublished data). Therefore, the LatY136F mutation acts primarily at the level of CD4 + T cells, and the development of the hypergammaglobulinaemia E and G1 does not require the expression of LATY136F molecules within B cells.

Brain Ventromedial Cells and Eclosion Hormone

Another subset of the lateral cells (type Ia2) produces ion transport peptide (ITP) (Figure 9c see Section 3.1.2.4 Spalovska-Valachova, Zitnan, Cho, Park, Adams, unpublished data). Interestingly, ITP shows a striking sequence homology with EH in one part of its primary structure, and it therefore seems possible that the EH antiserum used in previous studies may have cross-reacted with conserved regions of the ITP sequence (Figure 8).

Feedback Modulation Of Phasic Activity By Dendritic Dynorphin Release

What is clear is that the activity-dependent inhibition of DAPs by endogenous dynorphin probably reflects an action on the DAP itself. MNCs also display a prominent activity dependent after-hyperpolarisation (AHP) (Kirkpatrick and Bourque, 1996) that overlaps temporally with evoked DAPs (Ghamari-Langroudi and Bourque, 1998). The AHP has two components. The major (fast) component of the AHP in MNCs is generated by Ca2+ dependent K+ channels of small single channel conductance (SK channel) that is blocked by the bee venom polypeptide, apamin (Bourque and Brown, 1987). The minor (slow) component of the AHP is also generated by Ca2+ dependent K+ channels, but of intermediate single channel conductance (IK channel) that is blocked by the scorpion venom, charybdotoxin (Greffrath et al, 1998). Neither component of the AHP is affected by K-opioid receptor agonists or antagonists (Brown and Bourque, 2004), even during blockade of DAPs with 3 mM CsCl (Ghamari-Langroudi and Bourque, 1998). Thus,...

Bifunctional Protein Deficiency

Bifunctional protein deficiency was first described by Watkins et al.6 in a patient presenting with hypotonia, macrocephaly and a number of other abnormalities strongly reminiscent of a disorder of peroxisome biogenesis such as neonatal adrenoleukodystrophy. Subsequent studies did show a peroxisomal involvement (elevated levels of C26 0 and trihydroxycholestanoic acid) although peroxisomes were clearly present. These data suggested an isolated defect in the peroxisomal P-oxidation pathway. Immunoblot analyses indeed revealed abnormalities since the bifunctional protein was found to be completely absent. It should be emphasized that this is the original bifunctional protein identified by Hashimoto and coworkers (Furuta et al.69) which now goes by the name L-bifunctional protein (L-BP).23,24 Detailed studies at the molecular level have failed to identify any mutations in the gene coding for L-bifunctional protein (Van Roermund, Van Grunsven, Hoefler and Wanders, unpublished). We are...

Counting Cystocyte Cell Divisions

It is not surprising that dysregulation of cell cycle regulators would affect cystocyte counting mechanisms, but the expression patterns of these proteins do not correlate with the timing of the four cystocyte divisions. On the other hand, Bam protein begins to accumulate in the cystoblast, its abundance increases throughout the first three cystocyte cycles, and then it disappears at or shortly after the fourth division (Figure 3). Thus, Bam has exactly the profile expected of a protein that acts as a meter of the four-division cycle. The female germline Bam mutant phenotype did not reveal a role as a cystocyte division factor since the gene is necessary for cystoblast differentiation. Mutations in Bam, however, are able to suppress the supernumerary divisions observed in ovaries lacking encore (Hawkins et al., 1996) or overexpressing stable CycA (Lilly et al., 2000). Finally, discontinuous Bam expression from heat-inducible transgenes can rescue cystoblast and cyst formation but...

Assays Based on Capillary Array Electrophoresis or Gas Chromatography

Conventional chromatography using chiral stationary phases can only handle a few dozen ee-determinations per day. However, capillary array electrophore-sis (CAE), as used in the Human Genome Project, can be adapted to handle up to 20,000 ee determinations per day, as in the case of chiral amines (28) or alcohols (Reetz, M. T., Belder, D., Ludwig, M., unpublished results). Following an enzymatic reaction producing such products, derivatization by a fluorescence-active reagent is necessary. For thousands of samples this needs to be done robotically. Owing to the high sensitivity of fluorescence detection, precision is high, 3 . Thus, this is an excellent ee-assay. Using a stationary phase based on a P-cyclodextrin derivative complete separation of (R)- and (S)-18 (but not of (R) (S)-19) is possible within 3.9 min. Since the configuration illustrated in Fig. 7 comprises two simultaneously operating GC units, about 700 exact ee-determinations of (R) (S)-18 are possible per day. Moreover,...

Postcapsule Endoscopy

Enteral Contrast

Ther characterization to make a precise diagnosis in some instances. We have unpublished data of an air double contrast barium enteroclysis carried out following WCE and interpreted by experienced endoscopists to assess the extent of, or to characterize Crohn's disease. This has shown the limitations of WCE in characterizing superficial ulcers and their precise location 22 . In one instance, radiologic examination showed a giant Meckel's diverticulum with ulcerations in the junction of the diverticulum to the ileum. In another patient, NSAID ulcers and diaphragm disease were shown by air enteroclysis and ascribed by WCE to Crohn's disease. Patients with persistent symptoms or bleeding with negative WCE require accurate ra-diologic investigations (Fig. 5). We have diagnosed a Meckel's diverticulum with a prior negative WCE. NSAID ulcers were shown by air double-contrast barium enteroclysis. Where the indication is a question of submucosal mass on WCE, CTE with neutral enteral and iv...

Role of the Hindbrain in Otic Vesicle Morphogenesis

Fgf3 mutant ears have variable and incompletely penetrant abnormalities of otic morphogenesis that were traced to a failure of endolymphatic duct formation (Mansour et al. 1993). Consistent with this result, mice that lack the FGF3 receptor, FGFR2b, which is expressed in the dorsomedial (endolymphatic duct-forming) region of the otic vesicle at E9.5, also fail to form an endolymphatic duct and have severe dysmorphogenesis of the otic vesicle, similar to but more penetrant than the phenotype of Fgf3 mutants (Pirvola et al. 2000). The interpretation of the cause of the Fgf3 mutant phenotype is complicated by the fact Fgf3, while expressed strongly in r5 and r6 during the initial stages of otic morphogenesis (E9.0 to E9.5), is also expressed in the anteroventral otic epithelium starting at E10.0 and continues to be expressed during later stages in the developing sensory patches (Wilkinson et al. 1988, 1989 Pirvola et al. 2000 S.L. Mansour, unpublished...

Assays Based on Mass Spectrometry MS

A typical example for the application of the MS-based ee-assay concerns the directed evolution of an enantioselective lipase from Bacillus subtilis for use as a catalyst in the hydrolytic desymmetrization of meso-1,4-diacetoxy-cyclopentene 1, the two enantiomeric products being (1S,4R)-2 and (1R,4S)-2. The wild-type lipase shows only a slight preference for (1S,4R)-2 with ee 38 (Reetz, M. T., Jaeger, K. E., et al., unpublished). Since the two enantiomers have identical mass spectra, they cannot be distinguished by MS. Therefore, in the MS-based high-throughput screen (2) (see Chapter 26), the pseudo-meso-compound (1S,4R)- D3 -3 needs to be prepared and used in the assay, because now the two products of hydrolytic desymmetrization, (1S,4R)- D3 -4 and (1R,4S)-4 are pseudo-enantiomers differing in absolute configuration and mass. Integration of the respective MS peaks provides the ee-value.

Putative Molecular Mode of Action of JH

The CF-203 cells (Retnakaran et al., unpublished data). Whether or not it needs to be a high-affinity, low-abundance protein to qualify as a putative JH nuclear receptor is currently under investigation. It has been suggested that JH could act through a membrane receptor as well, as shown by the work of Davey on vitellogenin transport into the oocytes (Wyatt and Davey, 1996). JH acts on the follicle cells of the ovary and makes them contract, causing large spaces to appear between the cells this process has been termed ''patency.'' This intercellular space formation (patency) permits the vitellogenin from the hemolymph to enter the ovary and gain access to the surface of the oocyte and subsequently enter these cells. This phenomenon was originally described in R. prolixus but was later shown in many other species including locusts (Wyatt and Davey, 1996). This membrane-bound receptor appears to be coupled to a G protein and the signal is transduced through a protein kinase system...

Symptoms of SCBI Poisoning in Insects Pseudoparalysis

Ventricular Fibrillation

Irreversible pseudoparalysis was also observed in lepidopterous larvae, with disturbance during the pseudoparalyzed state leading to squirming, and tremors of legs and mandibles evident upon microscopic examination. Higher doses of pyrazolines, especially in lepidopterous larvae, led within a few hours to flaccid paralysis (Salgado, 1990). Injection of 10 mgg-1 indoxacarb into fifth instar Manduca sexta larvae produced excitatory neurotoxic symptoms leading to convulsions and then relatively rapidly to flaccid paralysis (Wing et al., 1998). As discussed above, indoxacarb itself is converted in vivo to DCMP by esterase-like enzymes. The pseu-doparalytic symptoms caused by indoxacarb have also been clearly observed in Spodoptera frugiperda larvae treated by injection of 20 mgg 1 indoxacarb or DCJW, and also in male P. americana injected with 1, 3, or 10 mg g_1 DCJW (Salgado, unpublished data). Figure 5 SCBI poisoning inhibits all spike activity in the nervous system. Representative...

Differentiation of the Lateral Membrane in Mammalian Cochlear Hair Cells

The structural specializations of the lateral membranes of IHCs appear later than those of the OHC. Organizations of particles in rows (the functional correlate of which is unknown) appear on the lateral membrane of the IHC just prior to the acquisition of the plaque regions of particles in square array. These appear at about the time when OHCs have almost reached maturity. The time of appearance of the plaques coincides with final maturation of the EP (M. Souter and A. Forge, unpublished observations). This potential is uniquely high in the mammalian cochlea, creating a large potential difference across the apical membrane of the hair cells and providing the driving force for the transduction current. The appearance of plaques at the apical end of the IHC's lateral membrane at the time when the EP reaches its mature level suggests that they have some role in maintaining homeostasis in IHCs during the rapid changes in ion flux through the cell.

Corazonin Elicits Initial Release of PETH and ETH

Recent studies have led to the surprising discovery that, besides EH, additional factors from the CNS induce and midgut induce Inka cell release of ETH. During a search for ETH activity in tracheal extracts of different insects, midgut extracts were employed as intended''negative'' controls. Surprisingly, midgut extracts of Manduca, Bombyx, Tenebrio, Aedes, and Drosophila larvae induced pre-ecdysis in 20-40 min followed in some cases by ecdysis behavior when injected into Bombyx pharate larvae. The relatively long latencies for pre-ecdysis initiation indicated that the midgut factors might act through the release of ETH from Inka cells. Factors with similar activities were found in HPLC-purified extracts of the CNS (Spalovska-Valachova, Takac, Zitnan, unpublished data). Determination of various FLRFamide levels in different ganglia and neurohemal organs suggest the release of these neuropeptides at ecdysis (Miao et al., 1998). The authors further propose that FLRFamides may modulate...

Tgfp Expression In Cns Wounds

Example, within traumatic wounds of the rat cerebral cortex and spinal cord, the influx of haematogenous TGF-P1 and TGF-P2 is rapidly followed by a transient upregulation of expression of both peptides by injury-responsive cells 1821 so that after injury, TGF-P1 and TGF-P2 proteins are localised to astrocytes, microglia, neurons, vascular endothelial cells, and macrophages (Figure 8.6). Further, the localisation of TGF-P1 and TGF-P2 mRNA to choroid plexus epithelial cells and the measurement of significantly increased levels of both proteins in the cerebrospinal fluid (Logan, A. and Berry, M., unpublished observations) indicate a supply of factors Since the foetal and neonatal CNS heals without scarring, one might predict that TGF-Ps would be absent from such wounds. This is not the case. The intact immature CNS expresses all three isoforms of TGF-P at significant levels and a role for these factors in regulation of neuronal migration and differentiation as well as glial proliferation...

Contents Of Ubiquinone Are Increased In Preneoplastic Hepatic Nodules

Recently we found that the enzyme lipoamide dehydrogenase efficiently reduces ubiquinone to its antioxidative active form ubiquinol.71 This enzyme is traditionally known to be one of three enzymes in the a-ketoacid dehydrogenase complex that oxidizes pyruvate, a-ketoglutarate, and the branched-chain a-ketoacids. Lipoamide dehydrogenase is present at the matrix surface of the inner mitochondrial membrane in all eukaryotic organisms studied to date. However, this enzyme has also been found in increased amounts in cytosol of preneoplastic rat liver cells (unpublished data). As this enzyme can regenerate ubiquinone to its antioxidative active form ubiquinol, the elevated levels of lipoamide dehydrogenase may enhance reduction of ubiquinone and prolong its half-life, contributing to the increased amounts of ubiquinone determined in preneoplastic cells.

Contents Of Ubiquinone Are Decreased In Hepatocellular Carcinomas

In contrast to the elevated levels found in preneoplastic liver nodules, fully developed HCCs often display reduced amounts of ubiquinone. Unpublished data from our research group show that the concentration of ubiquinone continuously changes during the hepatocarcinogenic process, being elevated in preneoplastic foci and decreased in neoplastic cells, and that the levels partly correspond to the phenotypic differentiation grade of the tumor. Similarily, in human HCCs it was found that the concentration of ubiquinone was decreased to half of the level of control liver tissue.72 In these studies microsomes from normal human liver tissue and HCCs were isolated and the activity of the main regulatory enzyme of the mevalonate pathway, HMG-CoA reductase, was analysed.72,73 Microsomes from HCCs demonstrated a doubling of HMG-CoA reductase activity compared to those from normal liver tissue. Although data from the purification of microsomal fractions from HCCs may be difficult to interpret...

Examples of mathematical models of the cytoskeleton based on tensegrity

Fig. 6-6. (a) Ferromagnetic beads bound to the apical surface of cultured human airway smooth muscle cells (unpublished data kindly supplied by Dr. B. Fabry). (b) A free-body diagram of a magnetic bead of diameter D half embedded into an elastic membrane of thickness h. The bead is rotated in a vertical plane by specific torque M through angle 9. The rotation is resisted by the membrane tension (prestress) (Pm). Fig. 6-6. (a) Ferromagnetic beads bound to the apical surface of cultured human airway smooth muscle cells (unpublished data kindly supplied by Dr. B. Fabry). (b) A free-body diagram of a magnetic bead of diameter D half embedded into an elastic membrane of thickness h. The bead is rotated in a vertical plane by specific torque M through angle 9. The rotation is resisted by the membrane tension (prestress) (Pm).

Studies of ERT in Canine MPS I

To summarize the canine studies both in published and unpublished work, rhIDU was shown to circulate with a half-life of about 19 min and to be distributed to a wide variety of cell types, although uptake by the liver was by far the greatest and accounted for about 50 of the total recovered enzyme activity. Based on 3-month studies at a low dose of 0.1 mg kg, adequate uptake of enzyme and clearance of storage was achieved in some tissues such as liver, spleen, and renal glomerulus, but other tissues such as cartilage, muscle, and renal tubules were not adequately treated, and urinary GAG excretion did not decline substantially. A study in two sibling canines was performed, with one canine receiving weekly enzyme infusions of 0.1 mg kg for 13 months and the control canine receiving no treatment. The treated canine showed a reduction in liver, spleen, and renal glomerulus storage and also some storage reduction within the renal tubules and the synovial tissue from the joints. This...

And Collagenaseresistant rr MICE

These findings illustrate aspects of the dynamic relationship in a specific tissue between collagen synthesis, on one hand, and collagen degradation on the other. We have noted, in unpublished observations, using riboprobes for the mouse interstitial collagenase and in situ hybridization, that there is expression of the collagenase mRNA of a spotty nature in clusters of basal keratinocytes in the skin (also see chapter 12). Some cells in the dermis, presumably fibroblasts, also show the presence of collagenase mRNA. Collagenase-1 (MMP-1) is also expressed in human keratinocytes in inflammation and wounding.43-45 Data from several laboratories indicate that epithelial cells such as keratinocytes as well as various mesenchymal cells bind to type I collagen matrices using a2p1 integrins on the cell surfaces46,47(see chapter 8). In wounded epidermis, migrating keratinocytes continue to express these collagen-binding a2p1 integrins but then redistribute them such that they are concentrated...

Conger punctus See Eelpouts

Written by CD, or received by him, a total of about 14 000 items (all briefly documented in the *Calendar of Burkhardt et al. (1985a), used here to infer the contents of letters so far unpublished). Also, these magnificent volumes include biographic notes, bibliographies and other material documenting the work and impact ofCD.

Injury of Central Neural Pathways Also Produces an Increased Expression of Clusterin in Axotomized Neuronal Perikarya

Injury of axons confined to the CNS results in a response by the injured neurons, which in many ways is fundamentally different from that displayed by axotomized motoneurons. Recent experiments in which the descending rubrospinal tract was transected in the cervical spinal cord show that the neurons in the red nucleus, which give rise to this pathway, transiently and markedly increase their expression of clusterin protein and clusterin mRNA (Liu, Svensson, Aldskogius, unpublished observations). Although less prominent, we also observed an upregulation of these molecules in the perineuronal astrocytes. Interestingly, this upregulation occurs in the absence of astrocytic hypertrophy, indicating that this response is uncoupled from the regulation of clusterin expression in the red nucleus.

The ORFeome the First Step Toward the Interactome of C elegans

Thus, beside its usefulness for post-genomic studies, this OST approach turned out to be useful as an alternative strategy to verify in silico the predictions made by the Genescan (Burge and Karlin, 1997) or Genefinder (unpublished work of Colin Wilson, LaDeana Hilyer and Phil Green) interfaces concerning the existence of a gene and of the position of the intron exon junctions (mispredicted for more than 50 per cent of the genes). A first version of the ORFeome (1.1) was completed in 2003 and corresponds to 12 000 full-length ORFs out of 17 000 predicted sequences (Reboul et al., 2003).

Natural and Peptide Induced Behaviors in Manduca

Embryonic ecdysis behavior During normal development, Manduca larvae undergo one embryonic and four postembryonic ecdyses. PETH and ETH production in Inka cells is detectable in embryos at about 45 of embryonic development by enzyme immunoassay and immunohistochemical staining. Peptide levels in these cells reach a peak at about 65 of development. Embryonic ecdysis at 65-70 coincides with depletion of PETH and ETH immunoreactivity in Inka cells indicating that these peptides have been released into the hemo-lymph. Dissected embryos respond to ETH injection by showing rhythmic contractions that result in sloughing of the embryonic cuticle. These experiments suggest that ETH controls embryonic ecdysis in Manduca. By contrast, larval hatching behavior is not associated with ETH release (Hermesman and Adams, unpublished data). ETH elevates cGMP in 27 704 cells of ventral ganglia via multiple downstream pathways. In Manduca larvae, ETH action on the brain SG and subsequent...

Choosing which approach is appropriate

For example, if we are interested in binary outcomes that are likely to occur relatively quickly, where all relevant trials are published and data presented in a comprehensive and compatible way, then the most straightforward of meta-analyses based on data presented in trial publications, is probably all that is required. However, such an extreme is likely to be rare and usually unpublished trials will need to be assessed and trialists contacted to provide at least some additional summary data.

Include all randomized trials

Some would argue that unpublished trials should not be included in a systematic review as they have not been subject to peer review and are therefore unreliable. However, for IPD reviews, this criticism can be countered by obtaining the trial protocol, and by careful checking of the IPD supplied by the trialist. In fact, checking IPD should be considerably more rigorous than is possible during peer review of a manuscript. Checking unpublished summary data provided by trialists may be more difficult and will depend on the level of detail of the information supplied. Care must therefore be taken with this type of data, which has neither the benefit of peer review nor the extensive data checking that is possible with IPD. It should be noted that publication of a well-written paper in a high profile journal does not necessarily guarantee the quality of the trial data. lead to unjustified conclusions and to inappropriate decisions about patient care, health policy and future clinical...

Spatial and Temporal Patterns of P450 Gene Expression

In situ mRNA hybridization for the Cyp6a2 gene has been used in Drosophila to show that in adults treated with phenobarbital, this gene is transcribed in the midgut, the pericuticular fat bodies, and the Malpighian tubules (Brun et al., 1996). Cyp6a2 expression is seen in a large number of tissues by immunohistochemistry (Saner et al., 1996), and peaks in the third larval and pupal stages as shown by northern blots. The Cyp6a2 promoter linked to a GFP reporter gene has been used in transgenic flies to document the expression of this gene (G.C. Unnithan, unpublished data). In situ hybridization has been used to document the expression patterns of sad, dib, and shd (Warren et al., 2002 Petryk et al., 2003). Systematic surveys (Tomancak et al., 2002) will eventually document the expression patterns of all P450 genes.

Reciprocal Interference of CPT I and GPAT

In preliminary studies (unpublished data), we defined that a correct incubation medium intended for mitochondrial fatty acid oxidation should present a acyl-CoA albumin ratio lower than 1.5. Indeed, the radioactivity of acid-soluble products released during mitochondrial oxidation of 1-14C or 10-14C oleoyl-CoA was comparable for all ratios assayed below 1.5. Higher ratios gave rise to less labelled acid-soluble products from 10-l4C oleoyl-CoA, because P-oxidation was interrupted likely after membrane permeabilization with higher free oleoyl-CoA concentrations (see in22). Hence, mitochondrial outer GPAT should be of physiological significance, because of its activity at a low ratio, but also because this activity can be modulated efficiently by CPT I activity. The inhibitory effect of CPT I activity, which can be relieved by malonyl-CoA (or D-carnitine used instead of L-form), did not result in definitive alteration of GPAT activity and was possibly due to effects of CPT I activity on...

Possible Functional Implications of Clusterin Expression Following Acute Insults of the Nervous System

Axotomy at a distance from the injured neuronal perikarya produce a regular pattern of clusterin upregulation in the affected neurons and surrounding astrocytes (Liu, Svensson, Aldskogius, unpublished observations).2 These responses show little correlation to nerve cell death. Besides significant intracellular modifications in both cell types, there is also a marked increase in their interactions, the most striking one being an increased astrocytic-neuronal cell membrane apposition.1 Clusterin may be involved in mediating this process.22 Since Wallerian degeneration of CNS fiber tracts activates astrocytes, an early upregulation of astrocytic clusterin is expected. A surprising observation is, however, the late and intense induction of clusterin and its mRNA in oligodendrocytes located in the degenerating zone. Most probably this induction reflects the fact that degenerating CNS axons can not regrow and become remyelinated. This situation may result in a state of permanent target...

Molecular Mechanisms in the Activation of Apoptotic and Antiapoptotic Pathways by Ceramide

In contrast to glial cells, primary cultures of cortical neurons are relatively insensitive to ceramide-induced apoptosis,41 except at very high concentrations of ceramide.42 Indeed, ceramide prevents or at least delays apoptosis of sympathetic neurons induced by growth factor withdrawal.43 Ceramide also protects hippocampal44 and cortical neurons (RTD, unpublished data) from apoptosis induced by amyloid-P peptides. These results indicate that in postmitotic neurons ceramide may activate antiapoptotic pathways and suggest that the ceramide signal is interpreted in a very distinct manner in mature neurons vs. glial cells.

Box 114 Search strategy for Medline to locate RCTs of chemotherapy radiotherapy or surgery in lung cancer

The bibliographies of identified trials should be cross-checked for references to further trials and the bibliographies of appropriate review articles and books should also be searched (in the awareness that the most cited references are also likely to be the ones that favour investigational interventions). General trial registers and relevant specialist registers should also be searched (Table 11.5). Details of registers can be found as an appendix to the Cochrane Where appropriate, providers oftrial data and other experts in the field, and the pharmaceutical industry may be consulted and asked to supplement a provisional list of trials. This is likely to be useful in identifying unpublished trials. Australian national registry, ultimately intended to include all disease areas, but currently restricted to cancer. Includes unpublished and ongoing trials.

Analysis of MD Simulations

Tation angle and the amplitude 2,152 . An important class of structural properties comprises the helical or helicoidal parameters 153-155 . These terms define the orientations of the bases with respect to a global helical axis or locally with respect to adjacent bases or basepairs. Both methods have been used extensively, and a number of programs have been developed to perform this analysis, including CURVES 156 , FREEHELIX 157 , and a program by Babcock and Olson 158 . The CURVES method has been incorporated into an analysis and plotting package, DIALS and WINDOWS, which analyzes MD trajectories as well as individual coordinate files and presents data, including time series, in a highly compact fashion 159 . When using these programs the user should be aware of both the global and local definitions of the helicoidal parameters. Whereas in idealized helices the two definitions yield similar or identical results, the global method is preferable for standard helices and the local...

Summary tabular data provided by trialists

For summary data supplied by trialists, data tables should be scrutinized for any obvious errors or inconsistencies and where possible cross-checked with any publications. However, where data have been brought up-to-date or subdivided by patient types that were not reported in the publication, this may not be possible. These types of data are undoubtedly the most difficult to scrutinize as they have neither the benefit of peer review nor the detailed checking possibilities of IPD. Where such data supplement published data, common elements should be cross-checked with publications for consistency. Where summary data are from unpublished trials, the information supplied has largely to be taken at face value although some checks for internal consistency can be carried out. For example, the total numbers of individuals and total numbers of events should be the same for different subgroups supplied. It has been noted that there have been instances of meta-analyses of unpublished summary...

Inhibitors Compete with ATP for Binding to p38

A number of biochemical experiments show that the pyridinyl imidazole inhibitors compete with adenosine triphosphate (ATP) for binding to p38 whether in the active or inactive state (43,44). In the inactive state, p38 binds ATP very weakly, and exhibits a Km of 9.6 mM for an intrinsic ATPase activity. SB203580 binds to this form with a KD of 15 nM, and binds with even higher affinity in the presence of its protein substrate, MAP kinase-activated protein (MAPKAP) kinase-3 (M. Doyle, unpublished data). In the active form of p38, the Km for ATP drops to 200 M with a peptide substrate, and 23 M when the substrate is the protein ATF2 (43-45). SB203580 competes with ATP with a Kj of 21 nM with a peptide substrate similar to the affinity seen for the inactive form. Hence, the pyridinyl imidazoles compete better with ATP for binding to the inactive versus the active form of p38.

Insights from Molecular Modeling and Simulations

The structural stability of the Kir6.2 model has been confirmed using multiple 10 ns molecular dynamics simulations in a lipid bilayer (Figure 6), which have yielded a degree of conformational drift from the initial model comparable to that seen in simulations, starting from an x-ray structure of a membrane protein (Ca RMSD e3A). Essential dynamics of the protein reveal a dimer-of-dimers motion of the IC domain coupled to the bending of the inner helices within the TM region via the horizontal movement of the slide helix (Haider, Ashcroft, and Sansom, unpublished data). The Kir6.2 model is in good agreement with mutational data,118 and so has been used as the basis of ligand docking related analysis. Kir channels are also modulated by lipidic ligands such as phosphatidylinositol 4,5-bisphosphate (PIP2).121-123 Based on the success of simulations of KcsA-lipid interactions, and of modeling Kir6.2-ATP interactions (see above), simulations have been used to explore the nature of the...

Publishing results of systematic reviews and metaanalyses

As discussed in Section 11.1, one of the advantages of systematic review is that objective and pre-specified methodology is used. Transparency of process should ensure that other researchers can easily reproduce the results. It is therefore essential that reports and publications should be consistent with this aim, and so should report analyses and results in sufficient detail to permit reproduction and present results and discussion in an unbiased format. It is important that any potential weaknesses of the review are brought to the attention of the reader. For example, if the review did not consider unpublished data, it should be stated that publication bias might be a problem. The methods section is particularly important. In the same way that the report of a trial should provide details of the types of patients who were considered for the trial, so the report of a systematic review should report what the inclusion and exclusion criteria for the review were. It is important to give...

Oxidative Stress And Skin Hyaluronan

Sunlight (ultraviolet) is an additional generator of harmful oxygen-derived species such as hydroxyl radicals. Such radicals have the ability to oxidize and damage other molecules such as DNA causing cross-linking and chain scission. These hydroxyl radicals may also be destructive for proteins and lipid structures, as well as for ECM components such as HA. After a very few minutes of UV exposure, disturbance in HA deposition can be detected (Thiele and Stern, unpublished experiments). The anomalous situation exists, therefore, where HA can both be protective as a free radical scavenger and at the same time a target for free radical stress. This paradox may be understood by a hypothetical model in which HA protects the organism from the free radical stress generated by the oxygen-generated internal combustion, but is itself harmed by the more toxic free radicals generated in the external world by UV irradiation.

Development of Gabapentin for Epilepsy

The first clinical study of gabapentin in epilepsy showing efficacy was conducted with 25 patients in 1985 as a placebo-controlled add-on crossover study in refractory partial seizures (Bernd Schmidt et al., Goedecke, unpublished data), unpublished data. All patients were maintained on their prior medications, but were then crossed over between four different study groups with the addition of placebo, 300, 600, or 900 mg gabapentin per day. The 900 mg dose group showed a significant difference from placebo in weekly seizure frequency (overall 45 decrease compared to placebo). In addition, there was a 43 responder rate (number of patients with more than 50 decline in seizure frequency) in this study with 900mgday_ 1, versus 14 responder rate at 300mgday_ 1. These results started the serious clinical development of gabapentin, which was done by a planning team at first chaired by Schmidt, and run from Goedecke.

Resistance 5261 Insects

Cross-resistance between the avermectins and milbemycins (specifically abamectin, ivermectin, doramectin, and moxidectin) has been demonstrated in a number of nematode species. Because abamectin is the only avermectin compound used widely in agriculture, there have been a few studies conducted to examine cross-resistance within the class. Sensitivity to emamectin benzoate in select abamectin-resistant strains has been assessed in several insects (e.g., L. trifolii, L. decemlineata, P. xylostella) and only minimal, if any, cross-resistance has been detected (Jansson and Dybas, 1998 Jansson and Rugg, unpublished data). The reasons for the lack of cross-resistance to these closely related compounds are unclear. It is possible that the changes in the derivatization of emamectin benzoate may result in the loss or protection of the chemical bonds that are subject to enzymatic cleavage in abamectin resistance. Additionally, because macrocyclic lactones have multiple sites of action and may...

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