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Innate Immune Response To Systemically Applied Ad

Systemically applied Ads induce two phases of inflammatory gene expression in the liver. The first phase of acute inflammation depends entirely on virus capsid interactions with host cells and occurs within 24 h after virus administration (2,60a). The second phase begins 3 to 4 d after Ad administration and requires viral gene expression (96). In animal models, intravenous Ad administration has been shown to induce transcription and release of a number of cytokines and chemokines, including IL-6, TNF-a, RANTES, IP-10, IL-8, MIP-1a, MIP-1P, and MIP-2 into the serum (64a,69a,70a,95,96,131,132). Macrophages, including tissue residential macrophages (e.g., Kupffer cells in the liver), and dendritic cells throughout the body are considered to be the primary source of these cytokines and chemokines following their transduction with Ads (60a). Additionally, rapid clearance of Ad from the circulation by Kupffer cells may have a protective role against the dissemination of Ads to the lymphoid...

Enzymology of RNADirected Transcription

Why then has HDV transcription not been better characterized The answer might be that no one has been able to use in vitro transcription reactions to achieve credible initiation of HDV RNA transcripts. In part, this may be because in vitro transcription will probably make use of ribonucleoprotein structures rather than naked HDV RNAs. Currently some progress is being made by the application of immunoaffinity procedures following disruption of cells undergoing a burst of HDV replication (Nie, Chang, Taylor, unpublished), just as others have done for other RNA viruses (Qanungo et al. 2004 Waris et al. 2004). Following such selections, both genomic and antigenomic unit-length HDV RNAs can be found bound to S-HDAg, and a fraction of these are also bound to RNA polymerase II (Nie, Chang, Taylor, unpublished). However, such complexes will have to be proven as competent for in vitro transcription and they will have to be carefully characterized for all the host proteins present.

Regulation of Translation of the FMR1 mRNA

Elevation of FMR1 mRNA levels occurs for unmethylated alleles both within the premutation range and extending into the full-mutation range (Tassone et al. 2000a-c Salat et al. 2000 Kenneson et al. 2001). The concomitant deficit in FMRP was originally suggested to be the stimulus for increased FMR1 mRNA production, in the absence of any increase in mRNA stability, essentially as a feedback response to lowered protein (FMRP) levels (Tassone et al. 2000a). Recently, increased levels of run-on transcription in a premutation cell line (compared with a normal control) have been observed, providing direct evidence of transcriptional activation for expanded (premutation) alleles (Tassone et al., unpublished results). Moreover, using both quantitative RT-PCR and RNA in situ hybridization experiments, Tassone et al. (unpublished results) demonstrated that higher FMR1 mRNA levels are not due to nuclear sequestration. In particular, FMR1 mRNA is not retained in the nucleus, but is mainly...

Phenotyping And Genotyping Strategies For Association Testing

For the purposes of inferences on the population history, genotype information from a large number of neutral marker loci is required. We are using the term neutral marker loosely here, to indicate the non-candidate loci, i.e. the loci that were not designated as candidate loci that can putatively influence a trait of interest. The density of the markers required should be scaled to provide genome-wide coverage. Simulation studies suggest 100 SSR or 200 SNP markers would suffice to get a reasonable estimate of population structure and relatedness for most crop plants (Yu and Buckler unpublished results).

HDACs In Smooth Muscle

Expression of class II HDAC7 is highly enriched in endothelial cells that line blood vessels (S. Chang and E.N. Olson, unpublished data), and targeted disruption of HDAC7 in mice leads to embryonic lethality owing to severely impaired vasculogenesis. Thus, class II HDACs may serve dual roles in the control of blood vessel formation, by regulating SRF and myocardin in the outer smooth muscle layer of the vessel and by coordinating gene expression in the inner endothelial cell layer. The target(s) of HDAC7 in endothelial cells remains unknown, although MEF2 is an

Vaccinia As An Oncolytic Virus For Cancer Therapy

Development of an oncolytic virus has focused on genetic alterations of the WR strain of virus to achieve a tumor selective replicating virus (4). It has been previously demonstrated that an intradermal injection of 106 pfu of the wild-type WR strain of vaccinia into nonhuman primates leads to a necrotic ulcer of 108 cm2 in only 8 d without systemic spread of the virus (unpublished data). This ability to quickly spread and its ability to produce high levels of trangene expression is extremely promising, as one of the limiting factors in antitumor gene therapy is the limitation of vector distribution throughout fibrinous tumors. Animal models studying the distribution of a systemically delivered tumor-selective mutant vaccinia virus have shown the highest levels of virus in the tumor whereas little to no virus has been detected in other organs. The most promising mutant has been a virus deleted of the TK and vaccinia growth factor (V GF) genes (see Fig. 3). LTK is important for...

Overview Reproduction nuclear dimorphism and endoreplication

Endoreplication has also been reported in various foraminiferal taxa. Arnold (1984) reported what appeared to be a series of endoreplication events within the nucleus of Psammophaga simplora. The total DNA content of a single Astrammina rara nucleus has been measured at 2 ng (Habura, Hayden, and Bowser, unpublished observations), or approximately 4 x 1012 nucleotides. Given that this is approximately 1300 human genome-equivalents, it is highly likely that the giant nuclei

Intraspecific variation

As with most other behaviors, there is ample variation within the prairie vole species in social behavior (Getz and Hofman, 1986 Getz et al., 1993 Roberts et al., 1998). Furthermore, both captive (Hammock et al., 2005 Insel et al., 1994) and field-caught (Phelps and Young, 2003) prairie voles show individual variation in V1aR distribution patterns. Finally, the microsatellite, divergent between prairie and montane voles, exhibits significant intraspecific length polymorphism within the prairie vole species (Hammock et al., 2005 Hammock and Young, 2002). There are multiple alleles, showing a roughly normal distribution of lengths within a range of 50 base pairs in the laboratory (Hammock and Young, 2002 Hammock et al., 2005), and a range of 100 base pairs in a field-caught sample of prairie voles (Phelps, Hammock, and Young, unpublished data). This intraspecific variation, while significant, does not approach the species divergence between prairie and montane voles.

Related to Testes Specific Vespid and Pathogenesis Protein RTVP1

In our initial studies we demonstrated that mRTVP-1 was upregulated by p53 and was also induced by DNA damaging agents such as y-irradiation or doxorubicin (65). RTVP-1 secretion appeared to be independently regulated by specific cytokines (unpublished data). In normal prostate RTVP-1 protein was localized to epithelial cells and specific immune cells.

Paradoxical Blockade Of Cardiac Hypertrophy By Hdac Inhibitors

The mechanism for HDAC inhibitor-mediated repression of cardiac hypertrophy remains unknown. We envision at least three possibilities (Fig. 6). First, HDAC inhibitors may stimulate expression of genes that encode repressors of cardiac growth. Second, HDAC inhibitors may repress expression of procardiac growth genes. Third, HDAC inhibitors may suppress cardiac hypertrophic signaling cascades, a hypothesis for which we have supporting evidence (B.C. Harrison and T.A. McKinsey, unpublished data).

Ndirect Specific Means to Detect Pneumococcal Involvement

Figure 12.1 Carriage acquisition in different countries. Cumulative prevalence of pneumococcal NP colonization by age in various populations. Numbers in parentheses, references. *, Israeli Bedouins **, Israeli Jews (R Dagan, unpublished data). Reference 5 is from India, 6 from Papua New Guinea, 7 from the United States, 8 from Australia (Aboriginal site), 9 from Costa Rica, 10 from United States, 11 from Sweden and 12 from Finland (O'Brien et al., 2003). Figure 12.1 Carriage acquisition in different countries. Cumulative prevalence of pneumococcal NP colonization by age in various populations. Numbers in parentheses, references. *, Israeli Bedouins **, Israeli Jews (R Dagan, unpublished data). Reference 5 is from India, 6 from Papua New Guinea, 7 from the United States, 8 from Australia (Aboriginal site), 9 from Costa Rica, 10 from United States, 11 from Sweden and 12 from Finland (O'Brien et al., 2003).

Biological effects of exosomes

Rapidly saturated (our unpublished data), it is tempting to speculate that secretion of exosomes by DCs is an amplification pathway for the antigen presentation network, enabling rapid dissemination of processed MHC complexes for T-cell stimulation. As suggested for the immunological synapse and for the tetraspan-enriched domains (37), the presence of exosomes on the membrane of immature DCs might trigger sustained engagement of T-cell receptors. One could postulate that exosome secretion might occur in the lymph or in the T-cell area of lymphoid organs.

Protein Tyrosine Kinase Inhibitors

These compounds were designed to be ATP mimics, but their kinetic behavior toward the substrate was not always investigated. Because the degree of conservation in the ATP binding site is not absolute, one can obtain a high degree of selectivity among closely related ATP binding domains. In 1993, the Jerusalem group 24 was able to demonstrate that ATP-competitive tyrphostins such as AG 825 (Fig. 1) can discriminate between the kinase domains of Her-2 neu and EGFR by almost two orders of magnitude in affinity, in spite of the almost 80 identity in the kinase domains of the two related PTKs. In 1994, the quinazoline ZD 1839 (Iressa Fig. 3) was shown to be a potent EGFR kinase inhibitor with excellent bioavailability 25 . Quinazolines were originally identified by Zeneca and were shown to selectively inhibit EGFR at low nanomolar concentrations 25 , whereas Her-2 neu is inhibited only at micromolar concentrations. Qunixaloines such as AG 1296 19,26 or AGL 2043 27 (Fig. 2)...

Initial Clinical Trials With Melacine

Two other trials of Melacine lyophilized lysates given sc were performed at our institution with and without cyclophosphamide pretreatment (Table 2). Of the 58 patients entered into three trials, including the 20 described above, there were 8 major responses, 1 CR (1.7 ) and 7 PR (13.8 ), for a total objective response rate of 15.5 . Whether this was significantly different from initial results with our frozen lysates is uncertain. Except for one unpublished trial at a different single institution with fewer than 20 patients actually treated, there have been no direct comparisons of the two forms of the material. In any event, if we combine the data for 102 patients who received the combination of M-1 and M-2 cell lines either as frozen lysates or Melacine in these five clinical trials, our response rate was 18.6 (19 of 102), with 3 CR and 15.6 PR. In a trial conducted by

Structural And Functional Characteristics Of Hdac1

The interaction with the pocket proteins pRB, p107, and p130 (23-25). Interestingly, a truncated HDAC1 protein lacking the NLS can still translocate into the nucleus through association with an intact HDAC1 protein (18), and Taplick and colleagues (18) have therefore proposed that homod-imerization plays a pivotal role in the activity of the enzyme. The HDAC1 protein is also a target for various posttranslational modifications (26-28). Phosphorylation of serine residues in the C-terminal portion of the protein appears to promote HDAC1 enzymatic activity (27), whereas sumoylation of lysine residues in the same domain seems to be required for transcriptional repression by HDAC1 (28). Acetylation of the protein also appears to enhance its enzymatic activity (J. Taplick and C. Seiser, unpublished data).

Gene Structure And Regulation

Weinshilboum, 1995 Her et al., 1996 Raftogianis et al., 1996). The SULT1A1 and SULT1A2 genes are arranged head to tail, approximately 10 kbp apart. SULT1A1 is located most centromeric and SULT1A3 most telomeric of the three SULT1A genes, the latter being separated from the SULT1A2 gene by approximately 1.7 Mbp. All three genes contain seven coding exons and alternate untranslated first exons. Two alternatively transcribed exons have been identified for SULT1A1 and SULT1A2 mRNA species and three for SULT1A3 (Aksoy and Weinshilboum, 1995 Bernier et al., 1994a Raftogianis et al., 1996 Zhu et al., 1993a, 1993b). Our laboratory was the first to identify this phenomenon, which does not influence the coding exons but is limited to the 5'-untranslated region and could potentially be a tissue-specific mechanism. We found that the SULT1A1 cDNA isolated from a human brain library contains 41 bp of untranslated region found immediately upstream of the ATG start codon on the SULT1A1 gene, whereas...

Environmental sensing and signaling

One of the remarkable findings of the genome analysis has been the large family of transmembrane serine threonine protein kinases (Loftus et al. 2005). The 90 members fall into three families depending on the types of extracellular domain they contain and a number are expressed at the same time (Beck et al. 2005). Complementing these protein kinases are over 100 protein phosphatases. The extracellular ligands and the intracellular downstream effector molecules are completely unknown at present, but they indicate a sophisticated and discriminatory ability to sense the environment. Cytosolic signal transduction-related genes are also abundant (Nozaki T, unpublished analyses).

Oxygen detoxification

Peroxiredoxins depend on thioredox-in and thioredoxin reductase and candidate genes for both of these have been found. Other proteins that may protect the organism from intracellular peroxide have also been identified, including genes encoding rubrerythrin and flavoprotein A, which may detoxify nitric oxide (Bruchhaus I, unpublished analyses). The redundancy of anti-oxidant pathways underscores the sensitivity of this amitochondrial organism to the presence of oxygen. Experimental evidence suggests that only low levels of oxygen can be tolerated and in the absence of the above pathways it would be even lower.

Precursors Does Not by Itself Account for the Pathogenesis of Aganglionosis

Recent studies, however, in which EDN3 has been applied to crest-derived cells immunoselected from the developing murine bowel with antibodies to p75NTR, have provided surprising results (Wu J et al., unpublished data), which indicate that EDN3 does not increase the number of neurons generated in vitro. In these cultures, the development of neurons is not inhibited by an EDNRB antagonist, suggesting that there is no autocrine promotion of neuronal differentiation furthermore, addition of EDN3 to the medium, not only fails to increase the number of neurons developing in the cultures, but both EDN3 and other EDNRB agonists actually inhibit neuronal differentiation. It is possible to envision a means by which the ability of EDN3 to inhibit the differentiation of neurons could have the seemingly paradoxical consequence of promoting the colonization of the bowel. Crest-derived precursors are migratory neurons are not. Therefore, by preventing the differentiation of crest-derived cells as...

Doubletime A Casein Kinase I Homolog in Drosophila

In biochemical assays, DBT has been shown to bind PER directly in vivo and in vitro and phosphorylate PER in vitro (unpublished data). The kinase domain of DBT, the region in which all mutations affecting rhythmicity reside, binds to PER 9 . It is unclear however, how DBT activity is regulated in the circadian cycle. In wild-type cells, DBT is produced at a constant rate, unlike TIM and PER, which oscillate in their abundance. However, the subcellular localization of the bulk of the DBT protein oscillates in phase with PER in Drosophila lateral neurons, the pacemaker cells of the brain that regulate locomotor activity rhythms 12 . This cycling between cytoplasm and nucleus is apparently driven by PER, as DBT constitutively localizes to the nucleus in PER-deficient cells. PER phosphorylation is temporally regulated PER becomes progressively phosphorylated and its stability decreases after TIM leaves nuclear PER-TIM-DBT complexes in the late night. Phosphorylation increases through the...

Recent Trials of Combination ARVs in Breastfeeding Populations

In two other unpublished trials, MITRA (Kilewo et al., 2002) and SIMBA (Vyankandondera et al., 2003), there are characteristics of the study design which preclude conclusions on the efficacy of infant ARVs to reduce breastfeeding transmission of HIV-1. In the SIMBA study, conducted in Rwanda and Uganda, all women had received AZT and ddI from 36 weeks of pregnancy, and AZT intrapartum and after delivery for one week. Infants were randomized to 3TC or to NVP for 6 months. The transmission attributable to breastfeeding by 6 months was 2.4 (9 375 infants). There was no statistical difference between the two arms, and the mean duration of breastfeeding was 3.3-3.5 months. This finding was compared within the HIV Prevention Trials Network to unpublished data from the HIVNET012 trial in which sdNVP only was employed the rate of breastfeeding transmission in HIVNET012, among those women with a viral load of < 4.4 log which was comparable to the maternal viral burden in SIMBA, was 2.8 .

Similarities and Differences of CKI Function in Different Clock Systems

In spite of many similarities between the Drosophila and mammalian enzymes, there are important differences. Structurally the C-terminal tails of the enzymes differ significantly, suggesting a possible difference in enzyme regulation. Mammalian CKIe and CKI5 have been shown to autoinhibit their activity by phosphorylating their C-terminal tails 28 . The specific sequences required for this autophos-phorylation are as poorly conserved between the mammalian and Drosophila enzymes as the rest of the C-terminal region. Regulation of DBT activity may also be affected by post-translational modifications as evidenced by dramatic differences in the activity of the enzyme purified from bacterial and eukaryotic sources (unpublished data). The mammalian and fly kinases may also differ in substrate selectivity. In the mammalian clock, in addition to PERs, other clock proteins appear to be important substrates for CKI. In cultured mammalian cells, Cryptochrome (CRY) is phosphorylated by CKI in a...

Orders for Laboratory Tests

Chotani and Lewis of Johns Hopkins Applied Physicians Laboratory compared orders received by health departments for influenza tests, results of those tests, and onset of influenza season (unpublished results are summarized in Wagner et al. 2004 ).They found high correlation between influenza testing and the onset of the influenza during four seasons. There was, however, no lead time for test requests compared to patterns of influenza-like illnesses ICD-9 diagnoses in physician office visit records. This result suggests that either source can be used for monitoring and the preference between them depends on whether the data can be obtained without time delay and differences in cost and effort to build the data collection system. A caveat to this research is that the data source investigated was limited to tests ordered from the state laboratory whereas influenza testing is also done by private laboratories, which may produce an earlier or stronger signal, due to increased sampling.

Clinical Experience Etretinate and Acitretin for HS

It is of concern that no controlled studies have been published. Nevertheless, there seem to be some striking points in these case studies. All patients (n 10) treated with etretinate or acitretin at a dose of 0.35-1.1 mg kg per day responded excellently. All patients were essentially free of active lesions 36 , and were completely free of inflammatory cysts 38 and sinus tracts 34 any induration and abscess formation disappeared 35-37 , although linear fibrotic bands of scarring remained 36, 37 . These excellent responses were obviously not obtained by earlier courses with isotretinoin in the same patients. In addition, the decrease of disease activity seemed to start after approximately 2 months of treatment. However, in a panel discussion Cun-liffe stated that their group treated three or four patients with etretinate without too much success (unpublished observations). The treatment with etretinate was stopped after 6 or 8 months 39 .

Productive coinfection of CD4 T cells by HHV6 and HIV1

Consistent with their shared cellular tropism, HHV-6 and HIV-1 can coinfect and simultaneously replicate within the same CD4+ T cell (Lusso et al., 1989a). No viral interference occurs at the entry level, since the primary cellular receptor for HIV-1, CD4, is not involved in the HHV-6 receptor mechanism (Lusso et al., 1989b). Studies on the biological consequences of HHV-6-HIV-1 coinfection have yielded conflicting results, which may reflect differences in the experimental conditions used. Some authors have documented a dramatic acceleration in the kinetics of HIV-1 expression in primary T-lymphocyte cultures coinfected with HHV-6, as well as a synergistic destruction of CD4+ T cells both phenomena are consistent with the ability of HHV-6 to activate transcription driven by the long terminal repeat (LTR) of HIV-1 (see below). Increased HIV-1 replication upon HHV-6 infection was also observed in continuous CD4+ T-cell lines (Ongradi et al., 1999 Lusso et al., unpublished). Moreover,...

Effects of HIV1 on HHV6 replication

(Lusso, unpublished), which constitutively express low CD4 levels, seems to confirm that both HHV-6 variants upregulate CD4. HHV-6 infection has also been suggested to modulate the expression of another cellular receptor for HIV-1, the coreceptor CXCR4, but the evidence is not uni-vocal. Yasukawa et al. (1999) have reported downmodulation of CXCR4 expression in HHV-6-infected T cells, but other studies with either CD4+ T cells (Lusso et al., unpublished) or dendritic cells (Asada et al., 1999) failed to confirm this finding. The enhanced replication of CXCR4-using HIV-1 strains observed in human lymphoid tissue coinfected with HHV-6 (see below) provides additional evidence that this putative effect has a limited, if any, biological impact on the interactions between the two viruses.

Antiangiogenic Activity Of Mda7il24

Initial in vitro studies demonstrated Ad-mda7 inhibited endothelial differentiation (ECD) and cell migration, assays that are routinely used to test the antiangiogenic activity of an agent (23). Surprisingly, Ad-mda7 did not inhibit endothelial cell proliferation, an activity common to many antiangiogenic agents. The ability of Ad-mda7 to inhibit ECD and cell migration was similar to that observed with other antiangiogenic agents and suggested that mda-7 IL-24 may have antiangiogenic activity (61). However, realizing the potential caveat that in vitro results do not always correlate with in vivo studies, a dorsal air-sac chamber assay was utilized to test the antiangiogenic activity of mda-7 IL-24 in vivo. In these experiments, human A549 lung tumor cells were used as the angiogenesis inducers. Tumor cells were treated with Ad-mda7 or Ad-luc (vector control) and loaded into chambers that were implanted into the dorsal side of nude mice. Seven to ten days later, the chambers were...

Direct Inhibitory Effects on Angiogenesis

Further evidence for MDA-7 IL-24-mediated antiangiogenic activity is its ability to potently inhibit VEGF-induced endothelial cell migration in a dose-dependent manner (60). Inhibition of cell migration by MDA-7 IL-24 was also obtained when bFGF was used as an inducer (unpublished data). These results demonstrate the direct and specific antiangiogenic activity of MDA-7 IL-24 in vitro.

Target identification

Progress in identifying essential genes in M. tuberculosis has been hampered by the lack of well-characterized mutants. The recent description of a set of temperature-sensitive mutants of Mycobacterium smegmatis (A. Belanger, J.C. Porter, G. Hatfull, unpublished paper, ASM Conference on Tuberculosis past, present and future, 8 12 July 1997) is a step towards defining specific targets in M. tuberculosis. Moreover, libraries of M. tuberculosis mutants have been generated

Tilling The Plant Kingdom

And CEL I to identify mutations in barley (Caldwell et al. 2004). In collaboration with Tom Tai, the STP has developed TILLING for rice (Till et al. 2007). In collaboration with Fred Muehlbauer at Washington State University, we have identified EMS induced point mutations in chickpea (Muehlbauer, Rajesh, Till, Cooper, Comai and Henikoff, unpublished). For soybean, we have screened three independent populations produced by Khalid Meksem, Niels Nielsen, and Kristin Bilyeu and found each population to have a high density of chemically induced mutations (Cooper, Till, Laport, Darlow, Kleffner, Jamai, El-Mellouki, Liu, Ritchie, Nielsen, Bilyeu, Meksem, Comai, and Henikoff, Unpublished ). Other groups continue to develop TILLING for even more plant species, including the group of Doug Cook (UC Davis) which has identified a large number of EMS induced mutations in the model legume Medicago truncatula (D. Cook, personal communication). Similarly, a TILLING population is being developed for...

Indirect Inhibitory Effects on Angiogenesis

The possibility that MDA-7 IL24, like many other antiangiogenic agents can inhibit the expression of proangiogenic growth factors (IL-8, bFGF, VEGF) produced by the tumor cells existed (67-70). Thus, inhibition of these tumor-derived growth factors by MDA-7 IL-24 will result in failure to support tumor vascularization thereby inhibiting angiogenesis. Preliminary cDNA array analysis demonstrated downregulation of VEGF, TGF-P, and IL-8 in human tumor cells treated with Ad-mda7 compared with tumor cells treated with Ad-luc (unpublished data). Subsequent in vitro studies demonstrated down-regulation of VEGF protein expression in Ad-mda7 treated human prostate cancer (LNCaP) cells compared with Ad-luc treated control cells (see Fig. 7A). Correlating with our in vitro findings is the recent report by Nishikawa et al. (68) who showed Ad-mda7 inhibited VEGF, bFGF, and IL-8 expression in human lung tumor xenografts. In the same study, combining radiation therapy with Ad-mda7 demonstrated...

Virulence gene targets

The pathogen must employ a range of virulence mechanisms that enable it to establish an infection and survive within the host. Genes encoding virulence factors may only be expressed at certain phases of infection, and may not be required for growth on agar plates. Alternative strategies are employed to find virulence genes, in both macrophage and whole-animal models. These include IVET (in vivo expression technology Mahan et al 1993), in vivo-expressed promoter trapping (F. da Silva-Tatley & M. R. W. Ehlers, unpublished work 1997), signature-tagged mutagenesis (Hensel et al 1995), RNA differential display (Fislage et al 1997), RNA arbitrarily primed PCR (McClelland et al 1995) and proteomics (see below). Although such methods are useful in their own right, they are much more powerful when the whole genome sequence is available. Only a relatively short DNA sequence need be determined in order to locate the complete gene and, furthermore, the gene may be placed into context,...

Analysis of TCell Receptor V Region Gene Usage and Complementarity Determining Region 3 Sequences

It has been suggested, for some antigens, that antigen-specific T cells have a restricted TCR repertoire (20) that can be detected by sequencing the third complementarity-determining region (CDR3) of the TCR. The CDR3 region encodes the highly polymorphic portion of the TCR responsible for recognizing peptide-MHC complexes. For the P chain, the CDR3 region encodes the Variable (V) region-Diversity (D) segment and Diversity segment-Joining (J) segment junctions, whereas for the alpha chain it encodes the V-J junction. Using V, D, or J-region subfamily specific polymerase chain reaction (PCR) primers, PCR may be performed to detect the development of restricted TCR gene usage (21,22). There is compelling evidence for restricted TCR V-region usage in the response to viral diseases (23,24). Some studies in melanoma patients (25,26) and renal cell carcinoma patients (27) have detected a restricted TCR gene usage. However, other studies in melanoma have found unrestricted TCR gene usage...

Coinfection studies in structurally intact human lymphoid tissue ex vivo does HHV6 favor the phenotypic switch of HIV1

HIV-1 while the replication of CXCR4-tropic HIV-1 (either X4 or R5X4) was generally enhanced by HHV-6 coinfection, the growth of CCR5-tropic strains was consistently suppressed (Grivel et al., 2001). In turn, HHV-6 replication was generally enhanced by coinfection with HIV-1. In addition, HHV-6 was shown to potently induce the production of RANTES, the most effective HIV-inhibitory chemokine, providing a potential mechanism for the divergent effects seen on the different HIV-1 variants. Strikingly, RANTES induction by HHV-6 specifically occurs in structurally intact lymphoid tissue, because in mononuclear cell cultures grown in suspension, including cells extracted from minced tonsil or lymph node tissue, the effect is only marginal (Lusso et al., unpublished), suggesting that it requires a triggering action of specific cells, such as stromal cells, that are not present in suspension cultures.

Milk Specific Transgenes

The caprine (3-casein gene (CSN2) has been cloned and sequenced (Roberts et al., 1992 Persuy et al., 1992). The intron exon organization of the 9-kb goat gene is similar to that of other CSN2 genes and its expression is limited principally to the mammary gland during lactation. High-level expression was observed in goats transgenic for a construct containing 6.2 kb of 5' and 7.1 kb of 3' goat p-casein flanking noncoding sequence fused to a variant of the human tPA cDNA (Ebert et al., 1991). High-level expression with caprine (3-casein-containing transgenes has also been observed, in mouse milk, with bovine k-casein (Persuy et al., 1995 Gutierrez et al., 1996), antithrombin III (cDNA and genomic, mice and goats), HSA (cDNA and genomic), a -antitrypsin (genomic, mice and goats), and both heavy and light chains of several humanized antibodies (H. Meade et al., unpublished data).

In vivo coinfection with HHV6 and SIV in pigtailed macaques Macaca nemestrina accelerated immunological and clinical

However, their high cost, limited supply and endangered status have so far impeded the performance of HHV-6 studies in this species. Since in vitro studies have shown that another nonhuman primate, the pig-tailed macaque (Macaca nemestrina), is highly susceptible to HHV-6 infection (Lusso et al., 1994), this species was chosen for an in vivo study of experimental coinfection performed in 1994-1996 at the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Maryland (Lusso et al., unpublished). The prototype HHV-6 subgroup A strain (GS) and a pathogenic SIV strain (smE660) were employed in these experiments. Three groups of four young adult animals were infected by intravenous injection with either SIV alone (group 1), HHV-6 alone (group 2) or both viruses (group 3), and then followed longitudinally for several virological, im-munological and clinical parameters. The infections in group 3 were performed sequentially, with a 14-day interval between SIV injection and the subsequent HHV-6...

The Effect of Laminin1 on Enteric Neuronal Development Depends on the Binding of its a1 Chain to LBP110

These ideas have recently been supported by additional experiments that have shown that an antipeptide neutralizing antibody directed against the IKVAV domain of the a1 chain of laminin-1 mimics the effect of the IKVAV peptide and blocks the promotion of the development of enteric neurons in vitro by laminin-1 (Chalazo-nitis A et al., unpublished data). In contrast, precipitating antibodies to the chain of laminin-1, applied in the same manner, fail to interfere with the in vitro differentiation of enteric neurons. Neither the antibodies to the a1 chain, nor those to the chain, cause cells to detach from a laminin-1-containing substrate. As might be expected from its effect on PC12 cells, laminin-1 promotes the extension of neurites, as well as the development of neurons. This action is also specifically antagonized by an IKVAV peptide and by antibodies to the IKVAV domain of laminin a1. There is evidence that EDN3 affects both crest-derived and non-crest-derived cells in the colon....

Preclinical p202 Gene Therapy Studies

(polyethylenimine) complex into MCF-7 cells greatly inhibited tumor growth as compared with PEI alone in estrogen-supplemented nude mice (74). Based on this encouraging result, we then developed a systemic delivery system that would allow delivery of p202 gene through intravenous (iv) injection to the primary and metastasized tumor sites. To this end, we undertook two approaches and compared the efficacy of systemic p202 gene therapy treatment using either a p202-expressing recombinant adenovirus (Ad-p202) or CMV-p202 SN2 liposome complex in an orthotopic MDA-MB-468 breast cancer xenograft model. CMV-p202 is a p202 expression vector driven by a cytomegalovirus (CMV) promoter. SN2 liposome formulation has been tested and shown to be an efficient gene delivery system in systemic gene therapy models (47). The tumor growth was significantly reduced in both Ad-p202 and CMV-p202 SN2 treatment groups (79), (Wen and Hung, unpublished data). These results strongly suggest the feasibility of a...

Dose Ranging Study Summaries

Although preliminary open-dose ranging studies had been performed earlier (Poinso et al. unpublished data, from Merck Lipha, France 1986), the first double-blind dose ranging study was initiated in 1989 by Paille et al. (8). Five hundred thirty-eight alcohol-dependent patients were administered either 1332 mg or 1998 mg of acamprosate or placebo daily for 12 mo and were then followed for an additional period of 6 mo during which all patients received placebo. The study demonstrated enhanced efficacy with no increase in adverse events for patients treated at the higher dose of acamprosate. The mean cumulative abstinence duration (CAD) of the patients receiving 1998 mg acamprosate was 223 d for 1332 mg acamprosate, 198 d and for placebo, 173 d. The difference between the 1998-mg acamprosate group and placebo reached statistical significance (p 0.0005), whereas differences between the 1332-mg acamprosate and placebo groups failed to achieve significance (p 0.055). Another criteria,...

Motility Proliferation Awtiapoptos1s Synthesis Synthesis

Negative chemokine receptor mutant overexpression, abolishes IGF-I-induced MCF-7 cell chemotaxis in vitro (142). Using the RANTES antagonist AOP-RANTES (146-147) and the dominant negative CCR5 mutant ccr5A32 (148150), we observed that chemokine signals do not promote cell motility but, rather are required for IGF-I-induced cell polarization (unpublished results). These results stress again the absolute requirement for heterotrimeric Gi activation, probably through mediated signaling, to achieve the polarized motile cell phenotype.

Intraarterial Treatment Approaches

At the Ohio State University Medical Center and James Cancer Hospital, Newton and colleagues have recently developed a carboplatin-based IA regimen for treatment of MBT 25,83-85 . The regimen consists of IA carboplatin and intravenous etoposide for two days, every 4 weeks. They report a series of 24 evaluable patients with MBT (11 lung, 9 breast, 2 colon) that have received IA treatment 25,85 . Most of the patients had multifocal metastases and had failed whole-brain radiotherapy. There were 6 CR, 6 PR, and 1 minor response, with a median TTP of 16 weeks overall and 30 weeks in responders. The overall median survival was 20 weeks. The regimen has been well tolerated, with mainly hematological toxicity. Procedural complications and neuro-toxicity during IA administration of carboplatin have been very rare (< 1 per cent). Based on these initial encouraging results with IA carboplatin and the previously mentioned activity of temozolomide, a new phase I II multi-center trial has been...

Zinc Transporters And Zinc Efficiency

Recently characterized Zip transporter family. The name Zip stands for zrt-like, irt-like protein, with zrt (zinc-regulated transporter) and irt (iron-regulated transporter) referring to metal transporter genes identified in yeast (94). Several plant genes from various species (e.g., Arabidopsis thaliana, pea, tomato, soybean) have now been identified whose translation products demonstrate high homol-ogy with the Zip family (95). Functional analysis of several of these proteins has demonstrated them to be divalent metal transporters, with some having high selectivity for Zn2+ (96). Recent work in Grusak's laboratory (M.A. Grusak, USDA-ARS Baylor College of Medicine, Weslaco, TX, U.S.A., personal communication) has led to the identification of six new Zip genes in the model legume, annual or barrel medic (Medicago truncatula Gaertn.), with some of the genes showing differential expression in leaves versus roots, or in response to Zn-replete versus Zn-deficient conditions (Grusak,...

Making Oligosaccharides Accessible

Enzymatic synthesis, as a third approach, is becoming a viable alternative to chemical synthesis, especially with increasing availability of recombinant and natural glycosyltransferase enzymes. The obvious advantages of enzymatic preparations are that they can be carried out in mild conditions, do not require protection and depro-tection steps, and ensure required regio- and stereospecificity. As more and more glycosyltransferases became available, the remaining problem will be the cost of the nucleotide-sugar cofactors. Two approaches are being pursued to circumvent this predicament. The first is to change the donor requirement of the transferase by coex-pressing it with an epimerase. For example, we have engineered a bacterial strain unpublished data that contains a plasmid-encoded fusion protein that consists of UDP-Gal-4-epimerase and bovine a-1,3-galactosyltransferase, the latter being a key enzyme in the biosynthesis of a terminal structure Gala1,3Gal 1,4Glc(NAc)-R, known as...

Second Generation Trapping Mutants

Recently, the combination of the D181A mutant of PTP1B with Q262A has been shown to result in a substrate binding protein with an affinity for substrate 6-fold greater than for the D181A mutant alone and 30-fold greater than for wt enzyme 16 . Several other PTP1B mutations were tested in combination with D181A. The rationale for each was either to decrease further the residual amount of phos-phatase activity present in the D181A mutant or to increase the affinity for substrate. Completely eliminating PTP activity by combing D181A with mutations of C215 resulted in unusually complex binding curves (C215S) or reduced instead of improved affinity (C215E) 16 . In agreement with these binding data, combining the D181A and C215A mutations of PTP1B did not result in any better trapping of substrates (Flint and Tonks, unpublished data) compared to D181A alone 1 . However, introduction of the Q262A mutation into D181A-PTP1B further reduced the kcat toward pNPP by 10-fold and enhanced the...

We Can Protect the Patient with an Inferior Vena Cava Filter

The scant available evidence for the efficacy and safety of IVC filters best support use when anticoagulation is contraindicated in a patient at high risk for PE or when adequate anticoagulation therapy has failed. With HIT, anticoagulation with an alternative agent is strongly indicated, not contraindicated. My colleagues and I have seen half a dozen patients in whom an IVC filter was placed in the extreme hypercoagulable situation of acute HIT, who promptly clotted the filter and developed venous limb gangrene (Rice L, Baker KR, McCarthy JJ, unpublished observations).

Using Mice To Model Imprinting

Goss et al. (unpublished)81 Carey et al. (unpublished)81 a Unpublished data cited in (Nichoiis, 1999). bThe data for Ndn are conflicting see text for details. IC Imprinting control center. a Unpublished data cited in (Nichoiis, 1999). bThe data for Ndn are conflicting see text for details. IC Imprinting control center. The studies described above were all aimed at creating models where the expression of multiple genes was affected. However, it is equally important to assess the contribution of single genes to aspects of the PWS phenotype. To date, targeted mutagenesis has been reported for three genes, Snrpn, Snurf, and Ndn (Table 2). The SNRPN coding region has an unusual bicistronic structure with the potential to code for two proteins, SNURF and SmN (Gray et al., 1999). Loss of either Snrpn (Yang et al., 1998) or Snurf (Tsai et al., 1999b) has no obvious phenotypic effect. In addition, unpublished data for Zfp127 and Ipw have been cited (Nicholls, 1999), indicating that they do not...

WoodchuckHDV Inoculum Derived from a Molecular Clone Analysis of Genetic Changes Occurring During Acute and Chronic

In order to study the natural history of HDV infection in the woodchuck model, including analysis of genetic changes that occur during acute and chronic infection, we have developed a woodchuck HDV inoculum derived from an HDV cDNA molecular clone (Casey et al., unpublished results). This inoculum was created by pooling sera collected weekly following the injection of plasmid DNA containing a 1.2 overlength HDV cDNA insert into the liver of a woodchuck chronically infected with WHV. Infection of chronic WHV-carrier woodchucks with this molecularly derived inoculum led to patterns of HDV viremia and a chronicity rate typical of human infection (Fig. 1).

Adverse Effects and Toxicity

The lethal dose of 50 of the population (LD50) of Myrtocyan in rodents is over 2000 mg kg, and in dogs the only adverse effect from a dose of 3000 mg kg was dark urine and feces. There is no evidence of mutagenicity, or of teratogenicity or impaired fertility in rats. According to unpublished data of 2295 patients taking Tegens, most of whom took 160 mg twice daily for 1-2 months, 94 subjects complained of adverse effects involving the GI, derma-tological, and nervous system (25).

Nonselective Cation Channels

FIGURE 8 PDBu GTP-induced nonselective cation currents in rabbit portal vein. Three micromolar GTPyS was added to the pipette solution (Cs+ aspartate), and 5 mM Ba2+-containing physiological salt solution was superfused in the bath. PDBu (0.3 M) was applied to the bath. At (a) and (b), a ramp pulse (from -100 to 50 mV) was applied from the holding potential of -60 mV. Obtained currents by ramp pulses are demonstrated in B. (C) Relationships of the amplitude of PDBu GTP-induced current and PDBu concentrations in the absence and presence of 3 M GTPyS. The PDBu GTP-induced current was predominantly recorded in the presence of GTPyS. (M. Oike and K. Kitamura, unpublished observations) FIGURE 8 PDBu GTP-induced nonselective cation currents in rabbit portal vein. Three micromolar GTPyS was added to the pipette solution (Cs+ aspartate), and 5 mM Ba2+-containing physiological salt solution was superfused in the bath. PDBu (0.3 M) was applied to the bath. At (a) and (b), a ramp pulse (from...

Shp Signaling and Substrates

Shp 1-deficient BMMs are markedly hyperadherent to ligands for both P1 and P2 integrins, suggesting a negative regulatory role for Shp1 in integrin signaling 148 . The direct targets of Shp1 in this pathway also remain unclear, although actions on src family PTKs (SFKs) and or the p85 subunit of phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase (PI3K) have been suggested. If SFKS are, in fact, Shp1 targets, presumably only specific members mediate the increased adhesiveness, because SFK activity also is increased in CD45- - BMM yet these cells fail to sustain integrin-mediated adhesion 149 . Although p85 is reportedly hyperphosphorylated, and phosphatidylinositol 3,4,5-triphosphate (PIP3) levels are elevated in me BMMs 148 , a direct stimulatory effect of p85 tyrosyl phosphorylation on PI3K activity has not been demonstrated. Shps1 (and possibly PirB) probably play an important role in mediating Shp1 action in integrin signaling. Shps1 becomes rapidly phosphorylated in response to BMM adhesion, most...

Genomic organization of the ESP family

Sequence motifs have not been found in the ESP family, and, therefore, the origin of the ESP family remains unknown. ESP peptides range from 60 to 160 amino acids in length, and most possess a putative signal sequence motif, suggesting that they are secreted. Indeed, Western blot analysis using an anti-ESP1 antibody demonstrated that ESP1 is secreted in male tear fluid (Kimoto et al., 2005). The mature ESP1 is secreted after cleavage of the signal sequence, processing of several N-terminal amino acids, and truncation of 1-3 amino acids at the C-terminus (Kimoto et al., 2005). Thus, each ESP gene appears to encode a single polypeptide from which several isoforms are produced. Although apparent polymorphism between individuals has not been found, the possibility of differences between strains cannot be excluded. Preliminary results suggest that there are some differences in the 5'-upstream region of ESPs between BALB c and B6 strains (Haga and Touhara, unpublished data).

Conclusions Future Directions

Another more sophisticated way of obtaining novel BVMOs is to redesign a specific BVMO in order to tune catalytic properties. Such an approach would ideally yield biocatalysts tailor-made to perform any wanted reaction. Random mutagenesis methods have been very popular in the last decade to obtain enzyme variants with improved biocatalytic properties. However, these directed evolution methods typically involve creation of huge libraries of enzyme mutants that have to be screened for a newly introduced characteristic. As a consequence, efficient screening techniques are required to fully screen these libraries. However, methods enabling ultra high-throughput screening are often unavailable and as a result only relatively small mutant libraries are screened. This limits the extent to which enzyme properties can be changed. One cannot expect that by introducing a few random mutations, enzymatic properties will fundamentally change.63 The recently reported directed evolution study on CHMO...

Steroid sensitivity of avian vocal control networks

Gahr, M., unpublished data Gurney, 1981, 1982 Immelmann, 1969 Nottebohm and Arnold, 1976 Nottebohm, 1980 Pesch and Guttinger, 1985 Gahr, M., unpublished data unpublished data Gahr, M., unpublished data Gahr, M., unpublished data Gurney, 1981, 1982 Figure 3.2. The HVC of adult male and female zebra finches delineated by neurons projecting to Area X. Area X was injected in adulthood with rhodamin-labeled latex microspheres that are retrogradely transported. Note that HVC is much smaller in female zebra finches but nevertheless has the same general connectivity as the male HVC (Gahr, unpublished data). Scale bar 80 m. During development, estrogen receptors appear first in the caudal nido-pallium of male and female zebra finches and canaries in and close to HVC in the first 2 weeks of posthatching life (Fig. 3.3) (Gahr et al., 1996 Gahr, unpublished data Jacobs et al., 1999). Androgen receptors were first reported in RA around posthatching day 5 and in HVC at posthatching day 9 (Gahr and...

Rate Of Living Metabolism And Oxidative Damage

Thus, increased lifespan in flies at lower temperatures was originally thought to be due to slowing down of all biochemical processes. However, the interpretation of effects of temperature may not be so simple because not all enzyme activities are affected by temperature to the same degree. Concentration of a molecule X depends on its production and consumption, and if the activities of the producer and the consumer have different Q10 values (thus differently affected by temperature) the concentration of molecule ''X'' could go up or down, depending on the balance. Furthermore, there are certain physiological responses to cold (temperature compensation) that are independent of metabolic rate, such as changes in membrane fatty acid composition, that can affect susceptibility to oxidative damage (unpublished observation). It is not known how circadian rhythms, which are known to control various physiological functions, are affected by temperature, although a constant 12 12 hour light...

Nonpoultry Domestic Avian Models For Aging Studies

The potential for neuroregeneration has also been demonstrated in other bird models. Japanese quail have been shown to exhibit a reduction in ganglion cells during aging (Ryals and Westbrook, 1988). Interestingly, however, quail retain the ability to regenerate hair cells in the inner ear, even after damage that has been inflicted throughout the life span (Ryals and Westbrook, 1990, 1994). Furthermore, selected brain regions show an age-related decline in neurogenesis in aging male quail (Lauay et al., unpublished data).

Emotion Assessed Through Language

Urgency, elation, concentration, fatigue, social affection, sadness, skepticism, egotism, vigor, and nonchalance. Other researchers have proposed a simpler positive-negative valence scoring scheme (Stone, 1981). The MACL has not become widely used, most likely because it was never formally published (the original version appeared in an unpublished Naval Technical Report, Nowlis & Green, 1957).

Crossover Of Peak Retention Times

Figure 4 Crossover of peak retention times as a function of gradient rate in the separation of peptides. (Previously unpublished data are drawn from Swadesh, J. K., Tryptic fingerprinting on a poly(styrene-divinyl benzene) reversed phase column, J. Chromatogr, 512, 3215, 1990.92) Figure 4 Crossover of peak retention times as a function of gradient rate in the separation of peptides. (Previously unpublished data are drawn from Swadesh, J. K., Tryptic fingerprinting on a poly(styrene-divinyl benzene) reversed phase column, J. Chromatogr, 512, 3215, 1990.92)

Examples Of Current Pharmacological Cardioprotective Therapies

However, in a clinical trial (the ESCAMI trial Evaluation of the Safety and Cardioprotective Effects of Eniporide in Acute Myocardial Infarction ) in which eniporide (another NHE-1 inhibitor) was administered on reperfusion to patients undergoing percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty or thrombolysis for acute myocardial infarction, eniporide failed to show any significant reduction in either infarct size or occurrence of clinical events following treatment (43). Furthermore, cariporide administration, during reperfusion following global hypothermic ischemia, failed to show any beneficial hemodynamic effects relative to control hearts (unpublished data from our laboratory).

Crime Prevention And The Individual

Crime prevention initiatives at the individual level have been classified as family-based, school-based and peer group-based (Graham, 1998). Successful interventions from the former category include the famous Perry pre-school programme (Schweinhart and Weikart, 1980) which targeted both children and their parents from low socio-economic families. Providing training in parenting skills is another form of family intervention, with successful examples including Patterson (1982) in the USA, and Utting (1996 unpublished study cited in Graham, 1998) in the UK. Both

Host Immune Responses to Saps

Preliminary data from our laboratory have demonstrated strong anti-Sap2 salivary IgA and serum IgG responses in mice after intranasal (i.n.) immunisation, indicating the immunogenic potential of the C. albicans proteinases. Furthermore, we have detected anti-Sap2 secretory IgA responses in human saliva of both Candida carriers and patients with C. albicans infections (Naglik et al., unpublished).

Tissue Distribution Of The Human Sult1a Subfamily

Fractions of stomach, small intestine, and colon (Windmill et al., 1998). From the histological studies, SULT1A mRNA and protein were detected in epithelial cells lining the lumen of the stomach and the gastric pits and in the epithelial cells lining the lumen surface and the crypts of Lieberkuhn of the small intestine and colon. Similarly, SULT1A1 and SULT1A3 were detected in lung cytosols, and histological studies using hybridization histochemistry and immunohistochemistry localized SULT1A mRNA and protein to the epithelial cells of the respiratory bronchioles. The widespread localization of SULT1A mRNA and protein throughout the human gastrointestinal tract and lung suggests they may play a significant role in the extrahepatic detoxification and activation of drugs and xenobiotics (Windmill et al., 1998 Windmill, K.F., Hall, P.M., McManus, M.E., unpublished data).

The Structure of the Atypical Kinase Domain Reveals Similarity to Classical Protein Kinases and to Metabolic Enzymes

Proposed roles in catalysis (Yamaguchi et al., unpublished data). However, mutation of conserved cysteine residues in the zinc-binding module would be expected to seriously affect structural integrity of the protein rather than have a specific effect on kinase activity 15,23 . Mutation of a glycine in the GXGXXG motif has also been found to inhibit ChaK activity, presumably by affecting peptide substrate binding 15 . Notably, there are some significant differences between the atypical and classical kinases in terms of the detailed features of the nucleotide binding site. Moreover, the hydrophobic ATP-binding pocket of ChaK is not strictly conserved in other atypical kinases. The distinct features of the ATP binding region of the atypical kinases provides an explanation for the fact that small-molecule inhibitors of the classical kinases have little or no effect on EF2 kinase (Matsushita and Nairn, unpublished results), whereas a novel class of selenocarbonyl compounds are specific...

DIC and Acquired Anticoagulant Deficiency

Nevertheless, acquired natural anticoagulant failure from DIC could contribute to thrombosis in some patients with HIT. Markedly reduced antithrombin levels were found in a young woman with three-limb DVT and bilateral adrenal infarction complicating HIT following recovery, antithrombin levels were normal (unpublished observations of the author). This hypothesis implies that plasmapheresis could benefit patients by correcting acquired anticoagulant deficiency if so, the replacement fluid must be plasma, rather than albumin, to correct antithrombin and other natural anticoagulant deficiencies.

Drugs Of Abuse Influence Synaptic Plasticity In The Nucleus Accumbens

These findings suggest that chronic cocaine induces a long-lasting depression of excitatory synap-tic transmission in the NAc (109). This is consistent with our findings of decreased responses of NAc neurons to iontophoretic glutamate after 3-14 d withdrawal from amphetamine or cocaine (69). However, the correspondence is not perfect, as the latter effect was not restricted to the NAc shell (69) and decreased responses to both AMPA and NMDA were observed in a follow-up study (Hu and White, unpublished findings). Decreased peak amplitudes of AMPA kainate-induced inward currents have also been observed in acutely dissociated striatal neurons prepared from chronic cocaine-treated rats (64). Repeated cocaine administration decreases glutamate immunolabeling in nerve terminals of the NAc shell (110), an effect that appears more persistent when cocaine is self-administered (111). AMPA receptor subunit expression in the NAc is not altered after short (1-3 d) withdrawals from repeated cocaine...

Radiologic Evaluation And Modality Overview

Piriformis Muscle Radiology

The use of direct MR arthrography is critical not only for preoperative assessment and confirming clinical suspicions, but it also provides information regarding surgical planning (ie, repairability of labral tears) and prognosis (as surgical outcomes are associated with degree of chondrosis) 2 . One study has shown that the clinical assessment is useful for detecting intra-articular pathology but not the type or extent of the pathologic process 3 . This same study also showed improved detection of intra-articular pathology with MR arthrography versus nonarthrogram MR. Other researchers show a high positive predictive value of MR arthrography, but suggested a negative study does not obviate the need for arthroscopy to detect pathology 4 . Due to its generalized acceptance and higher sensitivity and accuracy (90 and 91 versus 30 and 36 , respectively) compared with nonarthrogram MR images, we use unilateral direct MR arthrography to evaluate for labral pathology 5 . In our experience...

Examples Of These Models In

This case highlights the shortcomings of all the models when a family history falls outside the strict remit of the model. The family history depicted in the pedigree is strongly suggestive of a mutation in BRCA2 to the experienced clinician, given the additional prostate cancer and melanoma on a background of early-onset breast cancer and ovarian cancer. Both these types of cancer have been found to be associated with BRCA2 mutations rather than BRCA1 mutations in recent studies EMBRACE, unpublished, Thompson et al. (37) . Out of the models above, only the Manchester scoring system and BOADICEA consider the additional cancers, and neither of them incorporates melanoma into their calculations yet. It is unexpected that the Myriad risk assessment for this family is identical to that for the family in Pedigree 1. This reflects the limitations of that model in terms of the number of relatives it assesses and the cancers it will consider. This pedigree also serves to demonstrate further...

Genetic Models Of Hypertension

The hypertension in the aging male SHR than females. Treatment of aging male and female SHRs with an angiotensin AT1 receptor antagonist causes a greater reduction in blood pressure in males than females. In addition, angiotensinogen protein expression in kidneys of males is several fold higher than in females. The data suggest that the RAS is up-regulated in aging male SHRs, but not females (Yanes and Reckelhoff, unpublished data).

Sportspecific Mechanisms Of Hip Injuries In The Athlete

During the downswing of a right-handed golfer, the right hip is forced into external rotation during axial loading. This movement tends to push the femoral head anteriorly, and over time may lead to focal anterior capsular laxity and stretching of the iliofemoral ligament 72,73 . Subsequent joint instability may result leading to increased translation of the ball in the socket. Labral tears, particularly in the anterosuperior weight-bearing region of the acetabulum, may follow. The labrum has been shown to function as a physiologic seal, stabilizing the femoral head in the acetabulum 74,75 . In a further propagation of the injury, labral tear leads to reduction in seal function increased translation of the femoral head may result. In addition, an unpublished report by Bharam et al (70th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons) showed that chondral delamination in the area adjacent to the labral tear is a frequent finding in golfers.

Genetic Models For Head And Neck Cancer Research

Hpv Promoter

More recently, we have bred the ED-L2 cyclin D1 mice with p53-deficient mice. Importantly, the cyclin Dl p53 heterozygous mice develop severe dysplasia by 3-6 months in the oral-esophageal epithelium and histologic evidence of invasive cancer by 12 months (unpublished observations by A. Rustgi and colleagues). The cyclin Dl p53 null mice also develop severe dysplasia by 3-6 months in the

Strategies In Vaccinia Gene Therapy To Evade Immune Clearance

The third strategy involves using immunosuppressive agents to increase the viral load and the time of expression in tumor cells. Unpublished studies from our group have found that immunosuppressive therapy increased viral recovery and tumor response in animal models without increasing the pathogenicity. Because of the knowledge gained from transplantation, specific agents are now availablet that allow for targeting of the immune system selectively on various effector pathways. The use of immune modulation to overcome preformed antibodies may be useful in the future for treating patients with prior smallpox vaccination.

Developing Highthroughput Methodologies For Lifespan Analysis

Properties of thousands of strains simultaneously (see Chapter 10 Application of High-Throughput Technologies to Aging-Related Research). Recently, a method for high-throughput chronological life-span determination carried out in a 96-well format has been developed (T. Powers, M. Kaeberlein, B. Kennedy, S. Fields, unpublished data). This approach should provide the ability to carry out both large-scale genetic screens for mutations that alter chronological life span and screens for small molecules that alter the rate of aging in nondividing cells.

Measure of Quality of Life Quantitative Approach

A quantitative approach for measuring QoL in HS was performed 2 . Questionnaires widely used in other skin diseases such as the Dermatology Life Quality Index (DLQI) questionnaire, Skindex and VQ-Dermato 1, 4, 5 were chosen. This approach allows a direct comparison of the results with those from previous studies on other skin diseases. We will discuss two studies, one already published and our unpublished data 2 . In both studies, in addition to this questionnaire, basic demographic data and aspects of the history of HS were collected 114 patients participated in the first one 2 and 61 in the second. In the study of der Werth and Jemec 2 the recorded mean DLQI score was 8.9, higher than scores found in several other dermatological conditions such as alopecia, acne, psoriasis, Hailey-Hailey disease, vascular anomalies of face, and atopic dermatitis. In our center (unpublished data) using two other skin-disease-specific QoL questionnaires (Skindex and VQ-Dermato) 1, 5 , the scores...

Tests of Cognitive Function and Brain Regions Important for Cognitive Function

Several behavioral studies have been conducted in monkeys, including assessments of general locomotor activity, motor performance, and simple cognitive tasks. Regarding general locomotor activity, two studies have been published indicating age-related declines in activity of male and female rhesus monkeys measured by an infrared ultrasonic apparatus placed on the home cage of the monkeys (Weed et al., 1997 Moscript et al., 2000). Monkeys may be assessed for motor performance in the Movement Analysis Panel (mMAP), which has proven to be age-sensitive in rhesus monkeys. This task evaluates the response time required to retrieve a food reward from different manipulanda located in a box mounted to the home cage of the monkey. The simplest task is a flat platform the next most difficult is a straight rod, and the most difficult is hook. Figure 38.1 shows an apparatus with an individual performing the task using the mMAP (Ingram et al., unpublished data).

The impact of genomics on the search for novel tuberculosis drugs

Researchers at PathoGenesis Corporation have described a series of nitroimidazopyrans, exemplified by PA-824 (Fig. 1), with potent selective antimycobacterial activity. They have no cross-resistance with other antibiotics and work via a novel, as yet uncharacterized mechanism (W. R. Baker, E. L. Keeler, S. Cai, J. A. Towell, D. R. Pastor, J. N. Morgenroth, S. W. Anderson & T. M. Arain, unpublished paper, Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, 15 18 September 1996).

Medicolegal Forms With Legal Analysis P-47

NOTE Aminoaciduria is a collective name for all the conditions mentioned under Related Terms. Because few autopsy studies of aminoaciduria have been done, each case should be considered a potential source of new, unpublished information. Multiple abnormalities of virtually all organ systems are possible.

Pathophysiology of HHV6 reactivation in DRESS

Recent studies demonstrated that patients with DRESS have a transient decreased level of serum gammaglobulins at onset (Aihara et al., 2003 Kano et al., 2004). We observed this hypogammaglobulinemia in three out of the seven patients in our first series (Descamps et al., 2001). In an unpublished study, we retrospectively compared gammaglobulins level in two consecutive series of DRESS and erythroderma. Hypogammaglobulinemia was statistically associated with DRESS. Interestingly it was known that anticonvulsants induced in some patients, hypo-gammaglobulinemia. It is not known yet whether the hypogammaglobulinemia in these patients treated by anticonvulsant is associated with a risk of reactivation of HHV-6 and could be considered as a marker of a risk of DRESS. The time necessary for the development of hypogammaglobulinemia could explain the delay for the development of DRESS.

Regulation of the Immune Responses

Subsequently, other experiments using adult GF mice fed with a soluble protein, OVA, in order to study the immune suppression of anti-OVA serum IgG response, demonstrated that it was possible to induce OT in GF mice. However, in contrast to what is observed with CV mice, the suppression was of very short duration, about 10-15 days, versus more than 5 months in CV mice (82). Similar results were obtained in human-microbiota-associated gnotobiotic mice (60). Colonization of the intestinal tract with E. coli alone prior to gavage was sufficient to restore lasting suppression (83), and the same results were obtained with another Gram-negative bacteria, Bacteroides (unpublished personal data), while in our experimental conditions, adult GF colonized with the strain of Bifidobacterium bifidum isolated from a baby's feces, had no effect on the serum IgG anti-OVA suppression (83).

The Substrate Specificity of GSK3

The site on GSK3 that binds the priming phosphate of substrates has been identified. It is located in the N-terminal lobe of the catalytic domain near the activation loop present in many protein kinases and contains three crucial basic residues (Arg96, Arg180, and Lys205 in the P-isoform) that interact directly with the priming phosphate 14-16 . Interestingly, the three-dimensional structure of GSK3 most closely resembles that of mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) family members. The activation of MAPKs requires the phosphorylation of a threonine and a tyrosine residue located in a Thr-Xaa-Tyr sequence in the activation loop, which is catalyzed by dual specificity MAPK kinases (MKKs). Intriguingly, the phosphothreonine residue in the activation loop of MAPKs interacts with the same three basic residues that bind the priming phosphate in substrates of GSK3 15 . Moreover, GSK3 is itself phosphorylated at a tyrosine residue located in a position equivalent to that of the...

In Vivo Expression Technology Approaches

Recently, the first two reports appeared that describe the utilization of (R-)IVET strategies in food-grade or commensal micro-organisms in order to determine the specific induction of gene expression in these bacteria after introduction in the GI tract of animal models. In L. reuteri an IVET strategy based on in vivo selection of an antibiotic resistant phenotype (the aforementioned second variation of IVET) led to the identification of three genes important for this organism during colonization of the GI tract of Lactobacillus-free mice (43). One of these genes encodes a peptide methionine sulfoxide reductase (msrB) which has previously been identified using IVET in the non-food-associated Streptococcus gordonii during endocarditis (44). Although not noticed by the authors at that time, this was an important clue suggesting an overlap in the genetic response triggered in the pathogenic and non-pathogenic world following contact with the host. The second report dealing with in vivo...

Investigations of specific cancers Bowel cancer

Figure 14.1 The percentage of colorectal tumors showing loss of expression of two mismatch repair proteins, hMSH2 and hMLHl in a population case series of 730 cases (Coggins, unpublished data). The results are presented by gender for hMLHl showing the differences between males (M) and females (F). Small numbers preclude such an analysis for hMSH2. Figure 14.1 The percentage of colorectal tumors showing loss of expression of two mismatch repair proteins, hMSH2 and hMLHl in a population case series of 730 cases (Coggins, unpublished data). The results are presented by gender for hMLHl showing the differences between males (M) and females (F). Small numbers preclude such an analysis for hMSH2.

Therapeutic Implications

Several lines of investigation identify PI3-kinase as a regulator of cellular responses to ionizing radiation. Biochemical inhibitors of PI3-kinase, LY294002, and wortmannin, enhance the anti-neoplastic effects of radiation 64-66 , and recent data indicate that PKB Akt mediates LY294002-mediated radiosensitization 82 . Ionizing radiation has been shown to activate PKB Akt and p70S6K in epithelial tumors in vitro, however this has not been shown to be the case in malignant glioma cell lines (Nakamura and Haas-Kogan, unpublished data).

Aging Of The Reproductive System In Females

Characterization of perimenopausal transition Rhesus monkeys that have been observed at the Oregon National Primate Research Center (ONPRC) indicate that the frequency of regular menstrual cyclicity declines with age (Wu et al., 2004 Zelinski-Wooten, unpublished data). Approximately 70 of rhesus females between the ages of 20 and 22 years did not exhibit the onset of irregular cycles, but by 23-25 years of age, 50 of females did have irregular cycles. The data from ONPRC agrees with that published by Gilardi and colleagues (1997) at the California Regional Primate Research Center, where the mean age of old animals displaying regular cycles was 22 years, those displaying irregular cycles (i.e., perimeno-pausal) was 24 years, and postmenopausal monkeys of 29 years as compared to normal cycles observed in young adult females (Zelinski-Wooten et al., 1999).

Pacing On Ventricular Arrhythmias

Defibrillator Implant Risks

In rare cases, biventricular pacing may suppress refractory ventricular tachycardia in patients in whom it was not controlled by drugs or right ventricular DDD pacing (22). Proposed mechanisms for the protective benefits of biventricular pacing are (1) prevention of ventricular reentry, (2) improvements in cardiac function and myocardial perfusion, (3) reductions in sympathetic activity, or (4) decreases in QT dispersion (Fig. 5) (unpublished data).

New Forms of Handgun Ammunition

In regard to charges that hollow-point ammunition is more lethal, in an unpublished study of over 75 fatalities from hollow-point ammunition by the author, he was unable to demonstrate any death that would not have occurred if the bullet had been an all-lead bullet. As to increased severity of wounding, this is purely theoretical. To this day, the author cannot distinguish a wound by a hollow-point bullet from that by a solid-lead bullet of the same caliber until recovery of the actual bullet.

HHV6 Genome Similar and Different

While in vitro, virus is cultured in laboratory-adapted cell lines, and studies suggest that this may influence genomic composition. Such changes have been recently demonstrated for the related betaherpesvirus, human cytomegalovi-rus (HCMV), where serial passage in fibroblast rather than endothelial or leucocyte cell types has resulted in large genomic deletions (Cha et al., 1996 Murphy et al., 2003 Dolan et al., 2004). For HHV-6, some differences upon serial passage of strain Z29 in culture have been observed including expansion of repetitive sequences from the origin of lytic replication, terminal direct repeats, het region, and other rearrangements are possible (Gompels et al., 1995 Stamey et al., 1995 Dominguez et al., 1999 Gompels, unpublished). There may be less deletions observed for HHV-6 than in HCMV, since the reference strains Z29 and U1102 have both been isolated and propagated initially in primary cord blood cells, although passage in various leukaemic...

Adequate Anticoagulants for HD in HIT Patients

Regarding the pharmacokinetics of danaparoid, renal excretion accounts for approximately 40-50 of total plasma clearance accordingly, diminished clearance of antifactor Xa activity occurs in HD patients (Danhof et al., 1992). The elimination half-life of the antifactor Xa activity (about 24 h in healthy individuals) (Danhof et al., 1992) may reach as high as 4 days (unpublished observations of the author). Thus, significant antifactor Xa levels can be detected in patients undergoing HD with danaparoid even during the inter-dialytic interval. Whether this yields clinical benefit, such as decreased risk of thrombosis or greater maintenance of vascular access, is unknown. An increase in interdialytic bleeding episodes has not been reported.

Agerelated Changes Of The Extrafoveal Cones

The cone density of the fovea in all age groups is high and reduces rapidly with the eccentricity and in a small amount in an area that extends around the optic disk and in the nasal retina. The density of cones is variable in the different groups of age (coefficient of variability from 15 to 30 ) around the optic disk it is nonetheless lower (< 15 ) over 1mm of eccentricity. In the map (personal unpublished results) the average difference between the older age groups and the younger group is significant cold colors indicate a density lower than that of the younger group, and warm colors indicate that the average density is higher than that of the younger group. The map, which is yellow-green, indicates that the difference between the groups is minimal.

Model Plant Species For The Genomicsbased Studies

Been carried out using microarray and macroarray based methods by several groups (Table 1). Two types of arrays have been made available for genomic studies in rice, namely oligonucleotides array as well as cDNA array. There are numerous examples wherein detailed studies have been taken in rice using these approaches. Analysis of salt stress-inducible ESTs from salt tolerant rice cultivar Dee-geo-woo-gen revealed several proteins showing homology to proteins functional for detoxification, stress response and signal transduction in plants (Shiozaki et al. 2005). Comparative analysis between different rice genotypes has also been attempted employing salinity tolerant (CSR27 and Pokkali) and sensitive (PB1) cultivars of rice (Sahi et al. 2003). This study highlighted that genes such as SalT, glycine rich RNA binding proteins, ADP ribosylation factor, NADP dependent malic enzyme, Mub ubiquitin fusion protein, tumor suppressor genes, wound inducible genes, ethylene response element binding...

Altered Self Reported Health Qualitative Approach

In France, in the context of a TNS Sofres survey (unpublished data), which is deemed to provide a representative sample of patients with HS, 47.2 of patients reported a medical consultation for their disease in the year preceding the interview, and 47.7 of the patients reported HS to be a relevant problem and a severe distress.

Glutathione Stransferase

In addition to DNA repair, resistance to alkylating agents and other therapies can come about through detoxification. The family of glutathione-S-transferase (GST) enzymes catalyze the conjugation of electro-philic compounds with glutathione. These include various carcinogens, chemotherapeutic agents, and their metabolites 97,128-134 . There are 5 families of GSTs a(GSTA), m(GSTM), p(GSTP), 9(GSTT) and Z(GSTZ) 130,131 . Earlier work demonstrated the importance of the GSTP, GSTM, and GSTT isoforms in resistance to chemotherapeutic agents such as BCNU and cisplatin however, there were conflicting reports in the literature as to the isoforms most involved in therapy resistance in various human and animal cancers 97,129,131-133,135,137-144 . Work in our laboratory agreed with data obtained in other laboratories in that cells from some tumors demonstrated over-expression of one or more of these genes, while others did not 145 . Furthermore, even when BCNU resistant cells were cloned from a...

Relationship Between mtDna Mutations And Oocyte Competence

Figure 39.4 Mitochondrial hypervariable D-loop 600 bp PCR amplicon from 3 female and 1 male rhesus macaques. Samples were run on a 1.0 agarose gel at a constant voltage of 70V for 45 min. Initial primer sets have been designed, and preliminary PCR demonstrated positive amplification of a 600 bp region of the mitochondrial D-loop of Indian origin rhesus macaques. We have now cloned and DNA sequenced the complete 1600 bp M. mulatto mitochondrial DNA, D-loop hypervariable region (see Figure 39.5). Unpublished data by Brenner et al. Figure 39.4 Mitochondrial hypervariable D-loop 600 bp PCR amplicon from 3 female and 1 male rhesus macaques. Samples were run on a 1.0 agarose gel at a constant voltage of 70V for 45 min. Initial primer sets have been designed, and preliminary PCR demonstrated positive amplification of a 600 bp region of the mitochondrial D-loop of Indian origin rhesus macaques. We have now cloned and DNA sequenced the complete 1600 bp M. mulatto mitochondrial DNA, D-loop...

Hormonal Therapies For Metastatic Prostate Cancer

Resistance to androgen-ablation therapies may not necessarily be due to loss of androgen sensitivity but may develop as a consequence of a deregulated androgen-signaling axis resulting from (1) amplification and or altered expression of the AR, (2) mutation of the AR gene, (3) inappropriate interaction with AR coregulatory molecules (co-activators, corepressors), or (4) ligand-independent activation of the AR by growth factors and cytokines.7-12 In addition, many somatic genetic alterations implicated in prostate cancer initiation and progression may have a direct effect on androgen signaling in prostate cells (Buchanan, Tilley, and Coetzee, unpublished observations).

Androgen Receptor And Localized Disease

Jacent peritumoral stroma, which was associated with earlier relapse after radical prostatectomy. Sweat et al.104 found no association between AR expression and disease progression in a highly selected cohort of tumors with a Gleason score of 6-9. In our laboratory, the level of AR protein in tumor foci determined by video image analysis was a strong predictor of the risk of relapse following radical prostatectomy (unpublished observations). While further studies are necessary to determine how AR influences disease progression in clinically localized prostate cancer, a number of mechanisms have been identified in prostatic tumors that potentially explain the increase in levels of AR immunostain-ing observed in tumor cells in our study. These mechanisms include amplification of the AR gene,106 changes in the methylation status of the AR promoter and hence transcription of the AR gene,107,108 altered stability of AR mRNA,109 and ligand-independent activation of the receptor.9,110...

From Philosophy To Theory

Series of clinical symptoms become evident), following which a second and perhaps third, and essentially independent set of themes emerge in the form of answers to the first (akin to the unfolding expression of underlying personality traits). As the complexity of the fugue is revealed (we now have identified a fullblown personality disorder), variants of the introductory theme (that is, the initial symptom picture) develop counter-subjects (less observable, inferred traits) that are interwoven with the preceding in accord with well-known harmonic rules (comparably, mechanisms that regulate intrapsychic dynamics). This matrix of entwined melodic lines progresses over time in an episodic fashion, occasionally augmented, at other times diminished. It is sequenced to follow its evolving contrapuntal structure, unfolding an interlaced tapestry (the development and linkages of several psychological traits). To build this metaphorical elaboration further, not only may personality be viewed...

Avian Models For Reproductive And Neuroendocrine Aging

In captivity under hospitable conditions, some birds (e.g., quail, budgies) have postreproductive life spans of one-third or more of the total life span (Woodard and Aplanalp, 1971 Holmes et al., 2001). Zebra finch hens exhibit significant declines in egg production after several years (Holmes, unpublished data). Female birds and mammals both produce the vast majority of their primary oocytes, or developing eggs, before or shortly after birth (Tokarz, 1978 Guraya, 1989). This fundamental reproductive trait sets birds and mammals apart from most female fishes, amphibians and reptiles, in which Reproductive aging in the domestic hen The domestic chicken is one of the classical models for developmental and reproductive biology, and many fundamental physiological correlates of ovarian aging in hens are thoroughly documented (Johnson et al., 1986 Bahr and Palmer, 1989 Ottinger and Bakst, 1995). As egg production declines (between about 30 to 90 weeks of age), the normal recruitment of...

HHV6 therapy in CFS patients

CFS patients with active infection by HHV-6 (variants A or B) can be treated with antivirals or immune modulatory agents in order to relieve the symptoms of fatigue and minimize CNS complaints. Acyclovir has remained the gold standard of treatment for herpes viral infections in general. However, pilot studies using acyclovir and ganciclovir showed persistence of HHV-6 variant A in spinal fluid even after treatment (Peterson, unpublished studies). HHV-6 does not encode thymidine kinase, and thus is not highly sensitive to acyclovir and its analogs (Gomples et al., 1995). Non-guanosine derivatives, however, have been shown in vitro to be of greater efficacy against HHV-6 specifically. De Clercq et al. (2001) demonstrated increased efficacy of the non-guanosine compounds S2242, cidofovir, and foscarnet, both in T lymphoblast cells, and in fresh blood lymphocytes, though it should be noted that only foscarnet and cidofovir are commercially available. Cidofovir, the first nucleotide analog...

HHV6 is found essentially in scleronodular HD in young adults

Torelli et al. (1992) described three HHV-6-positive HD, belonging to the nodular-sclerosis-lymphocyte-depletion subgroup, which occurred in young women (27-, 28- and 31-years old). Similarly, different authors obtained the highest prevalence and highest mean copy for the scleronodular subtype of HD (Table 1). In a large study conducted on 86 adult HD patients, we obtained a high prevalence (83.6 ) of HHV-6 in scleronodular HD (unpublished data). However, scleronod-ular subtype is the most frequent in HD patients examined. In the same study, the mean age of scleronodular HD patients positive for HHV-6 and negative for EBV, was 29.5 years, whereas 45 years if HHV-6 negative and EBV positive. Therefore, HHV-6 seems to be more predominant in scleronodular HD and much more in young adults, arguing a potential role for this virus in the etiology of HD in this context. Clark et al. (1990) found an association of increased HHV-6 seropositivity Some cases of HD are associated with EBV,...

HHV6 association with CFS

Owing to the prevalence of neurological complaints in a subset of patients, spinal fluid analysis was performed on 145 patients, of which 20 proved positive for viruses in the cerebrospinal fluid, predominantly HHV-6 variant A (DL Peterson, unpublished). In order to study and ultimately treat these patients, a clinical algorithm for CNS infection with HHV-6 variant A was designed (Fig. 4).

Diseases of blood vessels

In contrast to the frequent demonstration of HHV-6 DNA and antigen in vascular endothelial cells stands its rather infrequent association with vascular disease. We have observed increased levels of HHV-6A antigens and DNA in various endothelial cells of patients with HHV-6 reactivation (Fig. 1 unpublished data). In no case, there was any evidence of endothelitis or of other forms of vascular inflammation. Okano and coworkers (1989) found 81 of patients with Kawasaki's disease to have elevated IgM and IgG antibodies to HHV-6 and theorized that the virus may add to the immunologic alterations of this disease.

Heat Shock Proteins As Vaccine Vehicles

Collectively, these data underline the crucial role played by SR in tissue homeostasis, innate immunity and lipid metabolism. The expression and the cellular localization of the SR are tightly regulated by environmental factors, including mLDL and numerous cytokines (personal unpublished data). Consequently, the functionality of these receptors may vary, depending on the cell subtype and on the environment.

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