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1.  Controlling spin-dependent tunneling by bandgap tuning in epitaxial rocksalt MgZnO films 
Scientific Reports  2014;4:7277.
Widespread application of magnetic tunnel junctions (MTJs) for information storage has so far been limited by the complicated interplay between tunnel magnetoresistance (TMR) ratio and the product of resistance and junction area (RA). An intricate connection exists between TMR ratio, RA value and the bandgap and crystal structure of the barrier, a connection that must be unravelled to optimise device performance and enable further applications to be developed. Here, we demonstrate a novel method to tailor the bandgap of an ultrathin, epitaxial Zn-doped MgO tunnel barrier with rocksalt structure. This structure is attractive due to its good Δ1 spin filtering effect, and we show that MTJs based on tunable MgZnO barriers allow effective balancing of TMR ratio and RA value. In this way spin-dependent transport properties can be controlled, a key challenge for the development of spintronic devices.
PMCID: PMC4250913  PMID: 25451163
2.  Ca2+ signaling in human induced pluripotent stem cell-derived cardiomyocytes (iPS-CM) from normal and catecholaminergic polymorphic ventricular tachycardia (CPVT)-afflicted subjects 
Cell calcium  2013;54(2):57-70.
Derivation of cardiomyocytes from induced pluripotent stem cells (iPS-CMs) allowed us to probe the Ca2+-signaling parameters of human iPS-CMs from healthy- and catecholaminergic polymorphic ventricular tachycardia (CPVT1)-afflicted individuals carrying a novel point mutation p.F2483I in ryanodine receptors (RyR2). iPS-CMs were dissociated on day 30–40 of differentiation and patch-clamped within 3–6 days. Calcium currents (ICa) averaged ~8 pA/pF in control and mutant iPS-CMs. ICa-induced Ca2+-transients in control and mutant cells had bell-shaped voltage-dependence similar to that of ICa, consistent with Ca2+-induced Ca2+-release (CICR) mechanism. The ratio of ICa-activated to caffeine-triggered Ca2+-transients was ~0.3 in both cell types. Caffeine-induced Ca2+-transients generated significantly smaller Na+–Ca2+ exchanger current (INCX) in mutant cells, reflecting their smaller Ca2+-stores. The gain of CICR was voltage-dependent as in adult cardiomyocytes. Adrenergic agonists enhanced ICa, but differentially altered the CICR gain, diastolic Ca2+, and Ca2+-sparks in mutant cells. The mutant cells, when Ca2+-overloaded, showed longer and wandering Ca2+-sparks that activated adjoining release sites, had larger CICR gain at −30 mV yet smaller Ca2+-stores. We conclude that control and mutant iPS-CMs express the adult cardiomyocyte Ca2+-signaling phenotype. RyR2 F2483I mutant myocytes have aberrant unitary Ca2+-signaling, smaller Ca2+-stores, higher CICR gains, and sensitized adrenergic regulation, consistent with functionally altered Ca2+-release profile of CPVT syndrome.
PMCID: PMC3781932  PMID: 23684427
Mutation in RyR2 gene; Pluripotent stem cells; CPVT; Calcium signaling; CICR gain
3.  Deletion of Ptprd and Cdkn2a cooperate to accelerate tumorigenesis 
Oncotarget  2014;5(16):6976-6982.
PTPRD encodes the protein tyrosine phosphatase receptor type D and is frequently inactivated across many human cancers. Despite its frequent inactivation, it is unknown whether loss of PTPRD promotes tumorigenesis in vivo. PTPRD is located on chromosome 9p, as is CDKN2A, and the two loci are frequently deleted together. Here, we show that co-deletion of Ptprd and Cdkn2a cooperate to accelerate tumorigenesis. Interestingly, heterozygous loss of Ptprd was sufficient to promote tumorigenesis in our model, suggesting that Ptprd may be a haploinsufficient tumor suppressor. The loss of Ptprd resulted in changes to the tumor spectrum in mice and increased the frequency of lymphomas. In total, we reveal that Ptprd is a tumor suppressor that can promote tumorigenesis in concert with Cdkn2a loss.
PMCID: PMC4196177  PMID: 25138050
4.  A century of variation in the dependence of Greenland iceberg calving on ice sheet surface mass balance and regional climate change 
Iceberg calving is a major component of the total mass balance of the Greenland ice sheet (GrIS). A century-long record of Greenland icebergs comes from the International Ice Patrol's record of icebergs (I48N) passing latitude 48° N, off Newfoundland. I48N exhibits strong interannual variability, with a significant increase in amplitude over recent decades. In this study, we show, through a combination of nonlinear system identification and coupled ocean–iceberg modelling, that I48N's variability is predominantly caused by fluctuation in GrIS calving discharge rather than open ocean iceberg melting. We also demonstrate that the episodic variation in iceberg discharge is strongly linked to a nonlinear combination of recent changes in the surface mass balance (SMB) of the GrIS and regional atmospheric and oceanic climate variability, on the scale of the previous 1–3 years, with the dominant causal mechanism shifting between glaciological (SMB) and climatic (ocean temperature) over time. We suggest that this is a change in whether glacial run-off or under-ice melting is dominant, respectively. We also suggest that GrIS calving discharge is episodic on at least a regional scale and has recently been increasing significantly, largely as a result of west Greenland sources.
PMCID: PMC4042714  PMID: 24910517
nonlinear auto-regressive moving average with exogenous modelling; Greenland icebergs; coupled ocean–iceberg model; twentieth century climate variation
5.  Tracking Progression of Patient State of Health in Critical Care Using Inferred Shared Dynamics in Physiological Time Series 
Physiologic systems generate complex dynamics in their output signals that reflect the changing state of the underlying control systems. In this work, we used a switching vector autoregressive (switching VAR) framework to systematically learn and identify a collection of vital sign dynamics, which can possibly be recurrent within the same patient and shared across the entire cohort. We show that these dynamical behaviors can be used to characterize and elucidate the progression of patients’ states of health over time. Using the mean arterial blood pressure time series of 337 ICU patients during the first 24 hours of their ICU stays, we demonstrated that the learned dynamics from as early as the first 8 hours of patients’ ICU stays can achieve similar hospital mortality prediction performance as the well-known SAPS-I acuity scores, suggesting that the discovered latent dynamics structure may yield more timely insights into the progression of a patient’s state of health than the traditional snapshot-based acuity scores.
PMCID: PMC4030703  PMID: 24111374
6.  Patient-specific fibre-based models of muscle wrapping 
Interface Focus  2013;3(2):20120062.
In many biomechanical problems, the availability of a suitable model for the wrapping of muscles when undergoing movement is essential for the estimation of forces produced on and by the body during motion. This is an important factor in the Osteoporotic Virtual Physiological Human project which is investigating the likelihood of fracture for osteoporotic patients undertaking a variety of movements. The weakening of their skeletons makes them particularly vulnerable to bone fracture caused by excessive loading being placed on the bones, even in simple everyday tasks. This paper provides an overview of a novel volumetric model that describes muscle wrapping around bones and other muscles during movement, and which includes a consideration of how the orientations of the muscle fibres change during the motion. The method can calculate the form of wrapping of a muscle of medium size and visualize the outcome within tenths of seconds on commodity hardware, while conserving muscle volume. This makes the method suitable not only for educational biomedical software, but also for clinical applications used to identify weak muscles that should be strengthened during rehabilitation or to identify bone stresses in order to estimate the risk of fractures.
PMCID: PMC3638471  PMID: 24427519
musculoskeletal modelling; patient-specific model; motion fusion; muscle wrapping; Visualization Toolkit
7.  Modulation of adipose tissue lipolysis and body weight by high-density lipoproteins in mice 
Nutrition & Diabetes  2014;4(2):e108-.
Obesity is associated with reduced levels of circulating high-density lipoproteins (HDLs) and its major protein, apolipoprotein (apo) A-I. As a result of the role of HDL and apoA-I in cellular lipid transport, low HDL and apoA-I may contribute directly to establishing or maintaining the obese condition.
To test this, male C57BL/6 wild-type (WT), apoA-I deficient (apoA-I−/−) and apoA-I transgenic (apoA-Itg/tg) mice were fed obesogenic diets (ODs) and monitored for several clinical parameters. We also performed cell culture studies.
ApoA-I−/− mice gained significantly more body weight and body fat than WT mice over 20 weeks despite their reduced food intake. During a caloric restriction regime imposed on OD-fed mice, apoA-I deficiency significantly inhibited the loss of body fat as compared with WT mice. Reduced body fat loss with caloric restriction in apoA-I−/− mice was associated with blunted stimulated adipose tissue lipolysis as verified by decreased levels of phosphorylated hormone-sensitive lipase (p-HSL) and lipolytic enzyme mRNA. In contrast to apoA-I−/− mice, apoA-Itg/tg mice gained relatively less weight than WT mice, consistent with other reports. ApoA-Itg/tg mice showed increased adipose tissue lipolysis, verified by increased levels of p-HSL and lipolytic enzyme mRNA. In cell culture studies, HDL and apoA-I specifically increased catecholamine-induced lipolysis possibly through modulating the adipocyte plasma membrane cholesterol content.
Thus, apoA-I and HDL contribute to modulating body fat content by controlling the extent of lipolysis. ApoA-I and HDL are key components of lipid metabolism in adipose tissue and constitute new therapeutic targets in obesity.
PMCID: PMC3940828  PMID: 24567123
HDL; caloric restriction; mice; obesity; hormone-sensitive lipase
9.  Discovering Shared Cardiovascular Dynamics within a Patient Cohort 
Cardiovascular variables such as heart rate (HR) and blood pressure (BP) are robustly regulated by an underlying control system. Time series of HR and BP exhibit distinct dynamical patterns of interaction in response to perturbations (e.g., drugs or exercise) as well as in pathological states (e.g., excessive sympathetic activation). A question of interest is whether “similar” dynamical patterns can be identified across a heterogeneous patient cohort. In this work, we present a technique based on switching linear dynamical systems for identification of shared dynamical patterns in the time series of HR and BP recorded from a patient cohort. The technique uses a mixture of linear dynamical systems, the components of which are shared across all patients, to capture both nonlinear dynamics and non-Gaussian perturbations. We present exploratory results based on a simulation study of the cardiovascular system, and real recordings from 10 healthy subjects undergoing a tilt-table test. These results demonstrate the ability of the proposed technique to identify similar dynamical patterns present across multiple time series.
PMCID: PMC3821961  PMID: 23367424
Cardiovascular control; switching linear dynamical systems; baroreflex
10.  Genetic and clinical factors predict lithium's effects on PER2 gene expression rhythms in cells from bipolar disorder patients 
Translational Psychiatry  2013;3(10):e318-.
Bipolar disorder (BD) is associated with abnormal circadian rhythms. In treatment responsive BD patients, lithium (Li) stabilizes mood and reduces suicide risk. Li also affects circadian rhythms and expression of ‘clock genes' that control them. However, the extent to which BD, Li and the circadian clock share common biological mechanisms is unknown, and there have been few direct measurements of clock gene function in samples from BD patients. Hence, the role of clock genes in BD and Li treatment remains unclear. Skin fibroblasts from BD patients (N=19) or healthy controls (N=19) were transduced with Per2::luc, a rhythmically expressed, bioluminescent circadian clock reporter gene, and rhythms were measured for 5 consecutive days. Rhythm amplitude and period were compared between BD cases and controls with and without Li. Baseline period was longer in BD cases than in controls. Li 1 mM increased amplitude in controls by 36%, but failed to do so in BD cases. Li 10 mM lengthened period in both BD cases and controls. Analysis of clock gene variants revealed that PER3 and RORA genotype predicted period lengthening by Li, whereas GSK3β genotype predicted rhythm effects of Li, specifically among BD cases. Analysis of BD cases by clinical history revealed that cells from past suicide attempters were more likely to show period lengthening with Li 1 mM. Finally, Li enhanced the resynchronization of damped rhythms, suggesting a mechanism by which Li could act therapeutically in BD. Our work suggests that the circadian clock's response to Li may be relevant to molecular pathology of BD.
PMCID: PMC3818008  PMID: 24150227
bipolar disorder; circadian rhythm; gene expression; lithium
11.  Methods of Blood Pressure Measurement in the ICU 
Critical care medicine  2013;41(1):34-40.
Minimal clinical research has investigated the significance of different blood pressure monitoring techniques in the ICU and whether systolic vs. mean blood pressures should be targeted in therapeutic protocols and in defining clinical study cohorts. The objectives of this study are to compare real-world invasive arterial blood pressure with noninvasive blood pressure, and to determine if differences between the two techniques have clinical implications.
We conducted a retrospective study comparing invasive arterial blood pressure and noninvasive blood pressure measurements using a large ICU database. We performed pairwise comparison between concurrent measures of invasive arterial blood pressure and noninvasive blood pressure. We studied the association of systolic and mean invasive arterial blood pressure and noninvasive blood pressure with acute kidney injury, and with ICU mortality.
Adult intensive care units at a tertiary care hospital.
Adult patients admitted to intensive care units between 2001 and 2007.
Measurements and Main Results
Pairwise analysis of 27,022 simultaneously measured invasive arterial blood pressure/noninvasive blood pressure pairs indicated that noninvasive blood pressure overestimated systolic invasive arterial blood pressure during hypotension. Analysis of acute kidney injury and ICU mortality involved 1,633 and 4,957 patients, respectively. Our results indicated that hypotensive systolic noninvasive blood pressure readings were associated with a higher acute kidney injury prevalence (p = 0.008) and ICU mortality (p < 0.001) than systolic invasive arterial blood pressure in the same range (≤70 mm Hg). Noninvasive blood pressure and invasive arterial blood pressure mean arterial pressures showed better agreement; acute kidney injury prevalence (p = 0.28) and ICU mortality (p = 0.76) associated with hypotensive mean arterial pressure readings (≤60 mm Hg) were independent of measurement technique.
Clinically significant discrepancies exist between invasive and noninvasive systolic blood pressure measurements during hypotension. Mean blood pressure from both techniques may be interpreted in a consistent manner in assessing patients’ prognosis. Our results suggest that mean rather than systolic blood pressure is the preferred metric in the ICU to guide therapy. (Crit Care Med 2013;41:0–0)
PMCID: PMC3724452  PMID: 23269127
arterial blood pressure monitoring; blood pressure; hemodynamic monitoring; hypotension; medical devices
13.  Loss of connective tissue growth factor as an unfavorable prognosis factor activates miR-18b by PI3K/AKT/C-Jun and C-Myc and promotes cell growth in nasopharyngeal carcinoma 
Yu, X | Zhen, Y | Yang, H | Wang, H | Zhou, Y | Wang, E | Marincola, F M | Mai, C | Chen, Y | Wei, H | Song, Y | Lyu, X | Ye, Y | Cai, L | Wu, Q | Zhao, M | Hua, S | Fu, Q | Zhang, Y | Yao, K | Liu, Z | Li, X | Fang, W
Cell Death & Disease  2013;4(5):e634-.
Connective tissue growth factor (CTGF) has different roles in different types of cancer. However, the involvement and molecular basis of CTGF in tumor progression and prognosis of human nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) have almost never been reported. In this study, we observed that downregulated CTGF expression was significantly associated with NPC progression and poor prognosis. Knockdown of CTGF markedly elevated the ability of cell proliferation in vivo and in vitro. Subsequently, we discovered that the reduction of CTGF increased the expression of miR-18b, an oncomir-promoting cell proliferation. Further, we discovered that attenuated CTGF-mediated upregulation of miR-18b was dependent on the increased binding of transcription factors Jun proto-oncogene (C-Jun) and v-Myc myelocytomatosis viral oncogene homolog (C-Myc) to miR-18b promoter region via phosphoinositide 3-kinase (PI3K)/AKT pathway. Finally, we further found that miR-18b directly suppressed the expression of CTGF in NPC. In clinical fresh specimens, miR-18b was widely overexpressed and inversely correlated with CTGF expression in NPC. Our studies are the first to demonstrate that reduced CTGF as an unfavorable prognosis factor mediates the activation of miR-18b, an oncomir directly suppresses CTGF expression, by PI3K/AKT/C-Jun and C-Myc and promotes cell growth of NPC.
PMCID: PMC3674361  PMID: 23681229
CTGF; NPC; miR-18b; PI3K/AKT
14.  HIF-1-dependent Expression of Angiopoietin-like 4 and L1CAM Mediates Vascular Metastasis of Hypoxic Breast Cancer Cells to the Lungs 
Oncogene  2011;31(14):1757-1770.
Most cases of breast cancer mortality are due to vascular metastasis. Breast cancer cells must intravasate through endothelial cells (ECs) to enter a blood vessel in the primary tumor and then adhere to ECs and extravasate at the metastatic site. In this study we demonstrate that inhibition of hypoxia-inducible factor activity (HIF) in breast cancer cells by RNA interference or digoxin treatment inhibits primary tumor growth and also inhibits the metastasis of breast cancer cells to the lungs by blocking the expression of angiopoietin-like 4 (ANGPTL4) and L1 cell adhesion molecule (L1CAM). ANGPTL4 is a secreted factor that inhibits EC-EC interaction, whereas L1CAM increases the adherence of breast cancer cells to ECs. Interference with HIF, ANGPTL4, or L1CAM expression inhibits vascular metastasis of breast cancer cells to the lungs.
PMCID: PMC3223555  PMID: 21860410
15.  Unusual localization and translocation of TRPV4 protein in cultured ventricular myocytes of the neonatal rat 
TRPV4 protein forms a Ca2+-permeable channel that is sensitive to osmotic and mechanical stimuli and responds to warm temperatures, and expresses widely in various kinds of tissues. As for cardiac myocytes, TRPV4 has been detected only at the mRNA level and there were few reports about subcel-lular localization of the protein. The purpose of the present study was to investigate the expression profile of TRPV4 protein in cultured neonatal rat ventricular myocytes. Using Western blots, immunofluorescence, confocal microscopy and immuno-electron microscopy, we have shown that TRPV4 protein was predominantly located in the nucleus of cultured neonatal myocytes. Furthermore, cardiac myocytes responded to hypotonic stimulation by translocating TRPV4 protein out of the nucleus. The significance and mechanism concerning the unusual distribution and translocation of TRPV4 protein in cardiac myocytes remain to be clarified.
PMCID: PMC3493978  PMID: 23027348
TRPV4; nucleus; hypotonicity; translocation; ventricular myocytes; neonatal rat.
16.  Measurement of w-InN/h-BN Heterojunction Band Offsets by X-Ray Photoemission Spectroscopy 
Nanoscale Research Letters  2010;5(8):1340-1343.
X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy has been used to measure the valence band offset (VBO) of the w-InN/h-BN heterojunction. We find that it is a type-II heterojunction with the VBO being −0.30 ± 0.09 eV and the corresponding conduction band offset (CBO) being 4.99 ± 0.09 eV. The accurate determination of VBO and CBO is important for designing the w-InN/h-BN-based electronic devices.
PMCID: PMC2897041  PMID: 20676206
Valence band offset; w-InN/h-BN heterojunction; X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy; Conduction band offset; Valence band offset
17.  TRPC1 expression and distribution in rat hearts 
Transient receptor potential canonical (TRPC) proteins have been identified as a family of plasma membrane calcium-permeable channels. TRPC proteins can be activated by various stimuli and act as cellular sensors in mammals. Stretch-activated ion channels (SACs) have been proposed to underlie cardiac mechano-electric feedback (MEF), although the molecular entity of SAC remains unknown. There is evidence suggesting that transient receptor potential canonical 1 (TRPC1) is a stretch-activated ion channel. As a non-selective cation channel, TRPC1 may cause stretch-induced depolarization and arrhythmia and thus may contribute to the MEF of the heart. In this study, we examined the expression patterns of TRPC1 in detail at both the mRNA and protein levels in rat hearts. We isolated total RNA from the left and right atria, and the left and right ventricles, and detected TRPC1 mRNA in these tissues using reverse-transcriptase polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR). To study the protein localization and targeting, we performed immunohistochemistry and immunofluorescence labeling with the antibody against TRPC1. TRPC1 was detected in the cardiomyocytes of the ventricle and atrium at both the mRNA and protein levels. The cell membrane and T-tubule showed strong fluorescence labeling in the ventricular myocytes. Purkinje cells, the endothelial cells and smooth muscle cells of the coronary arterioles also displayed TRPC1 labeling. No TRPC1 was detected in fibroblasts. In conclusion, TRPC1 is widely expressed in the rat heart, including in working cells, Purkinje cells and vascular cells, suggesting that it plays an important role in the heart. The specific distribution pattern offered a useful insight into its function in adult rat ventricular cells. Further investigations are needed to clarify the role of TRPC1 in regulating cardiac activity, including cardiac MEF.
PMCID: PMC3167335  PMID: 22073358
TRPC1; Heart; Expression and distribution.
18.  Automated de-identification of free-text medical records 
Text-based patient medical records are a vital resource in medical research. In order to preserve patient confidentiality, however, the U.S. Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) requires that protected health information (PHI) be removed from medical records before they can be disseminated. Manual de-identification of large medical record databases is prohibitively expensive, time-consuming and prone to error, necessitating automatic methods for large-scale, automated de-identification.
We describe an automated Perl-based de-identification software package that is generally usable on most free-text medical records, e.g., nursing notes, discharge summaries, X-ray reports, etc. The software uses lexical look-up tables, regular expressions, and simple heuristics to locate both HIPAA PHI, and an extended PHI set that includes doctors' names and years of dates. To develop the de-identification approach, we assembled a gold standard corpus of re-identified nursing notes with real PHI replaced by realistic surrogate information. This corpus consists of 2,434 nursing notes containing 334,000 words and a total of 1,779 instances of PHI taken from 163 randomly selected patient records. This gold standard corpus was used to refine the algorithm and measure its sensitivity. To test the algorithm on data not used in its development, we constructed a second test corpus of 1,836 nursing notes containing 296,400 words. The algorithm's false negative rate was evaluated using this test corpus.
Performance evaluation of the de-identification software on the development corpus yielded an overall recall of 0.967, precision value of 0.749, and fallout value of approximately 0.002. On the test corpus, a total of 90 instances of false negatives were found, or 27 per 100,000 word count, with an estimated recall of 0.943. Only one full date and one age over 89 were missed. No patient names were missed in either corpus.
We have developed a pattern-matching de-identification system based on dictionary look-ups, regular expressions, and heuristics. Evaluation based on two different sets of nursing notes collected from a U.S. hospital suggests that, in terms of recall, the software out-performs a single human de-identifier (0.81) and performs at least as well as a consensus of two human de-identifiers (0.94). The system is currently tuned to de-identify PHI in nursing notes and discharge summaries but is sufficiently generalized and can be customized to handle text files of any format. Although the accuracy of the algorithm is high, it is probably insufficient to be used to publicly disseminate medical data. The open-source de-identification software and the gold standard re-identified corpus of medical records have therefore been made available to researchers via the PhysioNet website to encourage improvements in the algorithm.
PMCID: PMC2526997  PMID: 18652655
19.  Identification and characterization of a novel nasopharyngeal carcinoma-associated peptide: NAP-1 
Nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) is one of the most commons cancers in Southeast Asia and Southern China. Several NPC-associated genes have been so far described and here we describe the identification and the characterization of a novel nasopharyngeal carcinoma-associated peptide: NAP-1. NAP-1 was identified with the human genome draft searching method combined with nested PCR mapping of the chromosome 4q13 region. NAP-1 encodes an 85 amino acid alkaline peptide with a calculated isoelectric point of 9.3, three phosphorilation sites and a proline-rich region. Northern blot analysis revealed that NAP-1 is expressed as a 0.6 kb transcript in normal lymph nodes and trachea. In addition, reverse transcription (RT)-PCR showed that NAP-1 is expressed not only in NPC but in normal nasopharynx (NP) and various other tumors and tissues of the head and neck including: tonsils, lymph nodes, carcinoma of the tonsil, T cell lymphomas, squamous cell carcinoma of the hard palate, papilloma of the nasopharynx, nasopharyngitis, lymphoma of the tongue root and follicular dendritic cells (FDC). In addition, NAP-1 is not expressed in normal tissues or tumors from other anatomical regions and was not expressed by NPC cell lines. Surprisingly, differential RT-PCR demonstrated decreased expression of NAP-1 in NPC compared with paired NP biopsies in 42.5 % of cases (17 out of 40). In addition, in situ hybridization and immunohistochemistry demonstrated that NAP-1 is expressed by S100+ CD35+ FDCs of the germinal center and not in other normal immune cells infiltrating NP or NPC. Therefore, it is likely that NAP-1 is secreted by FDC in the NP and may play an immune modulatory role in NPC.
PMCID: PMC411061  PMID: 15070408
20.  Effect of upstream RNA processing on selection of mu S versus mu M poly(A) sites. 
Nucleic Acids Research  1998;26(23):5417-5424.
All of the regulatory factors responsible for augmenting microseconds mRNA levels preceding the dramatic increase in secretory IgM production upon B cell activation has not been totally elucidated. Whereas previous experiments have centered on the region of the gene specifying the choice between splicing to mu M exons versus selection of the mu S poly(A) site, we have found that upstream sequences within the Cmu gene, specifically the Cmu 4 acceptor splice site together with intronic sequences between the Cmu 3++ and Cmu 4 exons, play an important role in dictating the precision or the extent of splicing to the mu M exons even under conditions in which functional polyadenylation factors should be in excess. Therefore, splicing of upstream exons can affect remotely located downstream exons. These findings suggest that regulation of differential mu S/mu M mRNA expression may involve general processing enzymes that recognize specific cis -regulatory sequences residing within the body of the mu gene and account for the unique ability of activated B cells to secrete copious amounts of IgM.
PMCID: PMC148006  PMID: 9826767
21.  Synovium as a source of increased amino-terminal parathyroid hormone-related protein expression in rheumatoid arthritis. A possible role for locally produced parathyroid hormone-related protein in the pathogenesis of rheumatoid arthritis. 
Journal of Clinical Investigation  1998;101(7):1362-1371.
Proinflammatory cytokines, including tumor necrosis factor (TNF) and interleukin 1 (IL-1), mediate the joint destruction that characterizes rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Previous studies have shown that parathyroid hormone-related protein (PTHrP) is a member of the cascade of proinflammatory cytokines induced in parenchymal organs during lethal endotoxemia. To test the hypothesis that NH2-terminal PTHrP, a potent bone resorbing agent, could also be a member of the synovial cascade of tissue-destructive cytokines whose expression is induced in RA, PTHrP expression was examined in synovium and synoviocytes obtained from patients with RA and osteoarthritis (OA). PTHrP production, as determined by measurement of immunoreactive PTHrP(1-86) in tissue explant supernatants, was increased 10-fold in RA versus OA synovial tissue. Synovial lining cells and fibroblast-like cells within the pannus expressed both PTHrP and the PTH/PTHrP receptor, findings that were confirmed by in vitro studies of cultured synoviocytes. TNF-alpha and IL-1beta stimulated PTHrP expression in synoviocytes, while dexamethasone and interferon-gamma, agents with some therapeutic efficacy in the treatment of RA, inhibited PTHrP release. Treatment of synoviocytes with PTHrP(1-34) stimulated IL-6 secretion. These results suggest that proinflammatory cytokine-stimulated production of NH2-terminal PTHrP by synovial tissue directly invading cartilage and bone in RA may mediate joint destruction through direct effects on cartilage or bone, or, indirectly, via the induction of mediators of bone resorption in the tumor-like synovium.
PMCID: PMC508713  PMID: 9525978
22.  Functional regions of the mouse interleukin-10 receptor cytoplasmic domain. 
Molecular and Cellular Biology  1995;15(9):5043-5053.
The functions of wild-type and mutant mouse interleukin-10 receptors (mIL-10R) expressed in murine Ba/F3 cells were studied. As observed previously, IL-10 stimulates proliferation of IL-10R-expressing Ba/F3 cells. Accumulation of viable cells in the proliferation assay is to a significant extent balanced by concomitant cell death. Moreover, growth in IL-10 also induces a previously unrecognized response, differentiation of the cells, as evidenced both by formation of large clusters of cells in cultures with IL-10 and by induction or enhancement of expression of several cell surface antigens, including CD32/16, CD2, LECAM-1 (v-selectin), and heat-stable antigen. Two distinct functional regions near the C terminus of the mIL-10R cytoplasmic domain which mediate proliferation were identified; one of these regions also mediates the differentiation response. A third region proximal to the transmembrane domain was identified; removal of this region renders the cell 10- to 100-fold more sensitive to IL-10 in the proliferation assay. In cells expressing both wild-type and mutant IL-10R, stimulation with IL-10 leads to tyrosine phosphorylation of the kinases JAK1 and TYK2 but not JAK2 or JAK3 under the conditions tested.
PMCID: PMC230751  PMID: 7544437
23.  Superinfection-induced apoptosis and its correlation with the reduction of viral progeny in cells persistently infected with Hz-1 baculovirus. 
Journal of Virology  1993;67(12):6989-6994.
Differential induction of necrosis or apoptosis was found upon challenge of cells of the insect Spodoptera frugiperda productively or persistently infected with Hz-1 baculovirus, respectively. Unlike parental SF9 cells, which were essentially all killed by virally induced necrosis, persistently infected cells underwent a process of massive cell death by apoptosis; cells which were not killed by apoptosis then reestablished a cell monolayer. Upon viral challenge, the yield of viral progeny was reduced greatly in persistently virus-infected cells but not in parental cells. Immunolabelling of individual cells revealed that upon viral challenge, production of viral progeny was detectable only in necrotic cells and not in apoptotic cells. These results indicated that induction of apoptosis greatly reduces the yield of viral progeny in cells persistently infected with Hz-1 baculovirus. This is the first report of apoptosis induction in persistently infected cells upon viral superinfection.
PMCID: PMC238158  PMID: 8230422
24.  The acute splanchnic and peripheral tissue metabolic response to endotoxin in humans. 
Journal of Clinical Investigation  1990;85(6):1896-1904.
The in vivo alterations in organ-specific substrate processing and endogenous mediator production induced by endotoxin were investigated in healthy volunteers. An endotoxin bolus (20 U/kg) produced increased energy expenditure, hyperglycemia, hypoaminoacidemia, and an increase in circulating free fatty acids. These changes included increased peripheral lactate and free fatty acid output, along with increased peripheral uptake of glucose. Coordinately, there were increased splanchnic uptake of oxygen, lactate, amino acids, and free fatty acids, and increased splanchnic glucose output. There were no changes in circulating glucagon, or insulin and transient changes in epinephrine and cortisol were insufficient to explain the metabolic changes. Plasma cachectin levels peaked 90 min after the endotoxin infusion, and hepatic venous (HV) cachectin levels (peak 250 +/- 50 pg/ml) were consistently higher than arterial levels (peak 130 +/- 30 pg/ml, P less than 0.05 vs. HV). No interleukin 1 alpha or 1 beta was detected in the circulation. Circulating interleukin 6, measured by B.9 hybridoma proliferation, peaked 2 h after the endotoxin challenge (arterial, 16 +/- 2 U/ml; HV, 21 +/- 3 U/ml). The net cachectin efflux (approximately 7 micrograms) from the splanchnic organs demonstrates that these tissues are a major site for production of this cytokine. Hence, splanchnic tissues are likely influenced in a paracrine fashion by regional cachectin production and may also serve as a significant source for systemic appearance of this cytokine.
PMCID: PMC296656  PMID: 2347917

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