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1.  Suppression of Ischemia-induced Fos Expression and AP-1 Activity by an Antisense Oligodeoxynucleotide to c-fos mRNA 
Annals of neurology  1994;36(4):566-576.
Activation of c-fos, an immediate early gene, and the subsequent expression of the Fos protein have been noted following focal cerebral ischemia. Fos and Jun form a heterodimer as activator protein 1 (AP-1), which transregulates the expression of several genes. To study the postischemic events related to c-fos expression, we suppressed the expression of c-fos by intraventricular infusion of an antisense Oligodeoxynucleotide (anti-rncfosr115) of c-fos mRNA. The effectiveness of anti-rncfosr115 was confirmed first by its capability to block in vitro c-fos mRNA translation. In vivo, after intraventricular infusion of 32P-labeled anti-rncfosr115, the oligodeoxynucleotide was internalized within 6 hours and detectable also in the nucleic acids fraction up to 41 hours. Treatment of the recovered nucleic acids with RNase H separated the labeled Oligodeoxynucleotide from the nucleic acid fraction, indicating an association of the antisense Oligodeoxynucleotide and cellular RNA after uptake. When focal cerebral ischemia was induced 16 hours after the infusion of anti-rncfosr115, the postischemic increase in Fos expression and AP-1 binding activity were suppressed. Specificity of the effect of anti-rncfosr115 was suggested by its failure to suppress the DNA binding activity of nuclear cyclic AMP response elements. These results support the hypothesis that increased AP-1 binding activity following focal cerebral ischemia is dependent on Fos expression and can be inhibited in vivo by antisense c-fos oligodeoxynucleotides.
PMCID: PMC2714915  PMID: 7944289
2.  Prevalence of Taiwan variant of Epstein-Barr virus in throat washings from patients with head and neck tumors in Taiwan. 
The prevalence of the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) Taiwan variant was investigated in the throat washing (TW) samples from patients with head and neck tumors, persons with nonmalignant diseases, and healthy adults in Taiwan. By using the EBV (BNLF-1 gene)-specific primers and PCR, the EBV latent membrane protein gene BNLF-1 was detected in 91 (61%) of the 150 TW samples from patients with tumors, including 25 (78%) of 32 patients with nasopharyngeal carcinoma and 66 (56%) of 118 other patients with head and neck tumors. The TW samples from the 26 patients with nonmalignant tumors and 53 healthy adults were also examined. Approximately 47% of these samples were positive for the EBV gene. The PCR products of the BNLF-1 gene were then subjected to XhoI digestion. Sixty-eight of 91 PCR products (75%) showed the loss of the XhoI site, which indicated the presence of a Taiwan strain of EBV in patients with tumors. The DNA sequence of the BNLF-1 gene of the Taiwan variant revealed that the loss of the XhoI site was due to a nucleotide change from a G to a T at position 169,426 in comparison with the sequence of prototype EBV B95-8 cells. Furthermore, the Taiwan strain appeared significantly more frequently in the TWs and tissue samples from patients with nasopharyngeal carcinoma (88%; P < 0.001) and laryngeal carcinoma (80%; P < 0.02) than in those samples from healthy adults (about 40%). These data indicate that a Taiwan variant of EBV may be closely associated with head and neck tumors and suggest that this variant may be important in the pathogenesis of head and neck tumors.
PMCID: PMC262964  PMID: 8126200
3.  N-Ethylmaleimide Stimulates and Inhibits Ion Transport in Vestibular Dark Cells of Gerbil 
Auditory neuroscience  1994;1:101-109.
Vestibular dark cell epithelium was isolated from the semicircular canal of gerbils to test the proposal that the sulfhydryl alkylating agent N-ethylmaleimide (NEM) inhibits K+ secretion by this tissue and does so by reacting with a site in or near the apical membrane. Dark cell epithelium was mounted in a micro-Ussing chamber for measurements of transepithelial voltage (Vt) and resistance (Rt) or in a perfused bath on the stage of a microscope for measurement of cell height as an index of cell volume. Perfusion of the apical or basolateral side with 10−3 M NEM caused an increase in Vt superimposed upon a slower decrease of Vt, resulting in a triphasic response. There were only small changes in Rt. Under this condition, Vt is proportional to short circuit current and to K+ secretion. Both the stimulatory and the inhibitory responses of Vt were dose-dependent between 10−6 and 10−3 M NEM and the inhibition was irreversible. The specificity of the reaction of NEM with sulfhydryl groups was confirmed by the use of the reducing agent dithiothreitol (DTT). Perfusion of 5×10−4 M DTT on the apical side caused no significant changes in Vt but completely prevented both stimulation and inhibition of Vt by NEM (10−3 M). The amplitudes of the stimulation and the inhibition of Vt were greater for basolateral than for apical perfusion of NEM. Similarly, the response times for each effect were faster from the basolateral side, suggesting that the primary sites of action are at or near the basolateral membrane. The site of action of NEM was further explored by subjecting the tissue to a membrane-impermeant sulfhydryl reagent, stilbenedisulfonate maleimide (SDM). Apical perfusion of 10−3 M SDM had no effect on Vt or Rt, whereas basolateral perfusion caused a reversible increase of Vt (5.2 ± 0.5 to initially 6.8 ± 0.5 mV which relaxed after 60 s to 5.8 ± 0.5 mV) and to an initial decrease in Rt by 4%. No inhibitory phase was observed. Elevation of basolateral [K+] from 3.6 to 25 mM is known to increase Vt and reduce Rt via direct stimulation of basolateral K+ uptake and indirect stimulation of the apical membrane conductance. Basolateral perfusion of 10−3 M NEM fully inhibited the increase of Vt due to 25 mM K+. Elevation of basolateral [K+] from 3.6 to 25 mM is known to increase reversibly cell volume. NEM was found to inhibit cell swelling in a dose-dependent manner but did not initially affect the rate of shrinking after K+-induced swelling, pointing to action only on basolateral transport pathways. The effects of NEM on K+-induced cell swelling were completely prevented by 5×10−4 M DTT, demonstrating that the inhibitory effect of NEM was on sulfhydryl groups. In contrast to interpretations of NEM action in frog semicircular canal, we have found that NEM appears to stimulate an ion transport process in mammalian dark cells at an extracellular site in the basolateral membrane and inhibits another ion transport process in the basolateral membrane at another site. Inhibition by NEM from the apical side occurs most likely by diffusion of the agent to a site at or near the cytosolic side of the basolateral membrane.
PMCID: PMC3291124  PMID: 22389574
Vestibular labyrinth; epithelial transport; cell volume; dark cells; sulfhydryl reagents
5.  Non-adrenergic, non-cholinergic relaxation of the bovine retractor penis muscle: role of S-nitrosothiols. 
British Journal of Pharmacology  1994;111(4):1287-1295.
1. This study examined the possibility that an S-nitrosothiol, rather than nitric oxide, functions as the non-adrenergic, non-cholinergic (NANC) inhibitory neurotransmitter in the bovine retractor penis (BRP) muscle. 2. Treatment of BRP muscle with either of two sulphydryl inactivating agents, diamide (1 mM) and N-ethylmaleimide (0.3 mM), inhibited NANC relaxation and this was prevented by pretreating tissues with L-cysteine (3 mM), L-glutathione (3 mM) or dithiothreitol (3 mM). Inhibition was not specific, however, since the inactivating agents also inhibited the relaxant actions of authentic nitric oxide (0.3 microM), glyceryl trinitrate (0.001-1 microM) and isoprenaline (0.01-1 microM). 3. Reacting nitric oxide with L-cysteine in nominally oxygen-free solution at pH 3, followed by purging to remove free nitric oxide and neutralisation, produced greater and more prolonged relaxant activity when assayed on rabbit aortic rings than could be attributed to nitric oxide alone. H.p.l.c. analysis of the mixture identified a new peak distinct from either L-cysteine or nitric oxide which was responsible for the relaxant activity. The spectral absorption of this new compound had two bands with peaks at 218 and 335 nm. 4. Using a series of structural analogues of L-cysteine (all at 15 mM) it was found that removal of the carboxyl group (L-cysteamine), replacement of the carboxyl with an ester function (L-cysteine methyl ester) or substitution at the amino group (N-acetyl-L-cysteine) had no effect on the ability to generate relaxant activity upon reaction with nitric oxide (0.1 mM).(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)
PMCID: PMC1910140  PMID: 8032616
6.  Creating a MEDPAR Analog to the RUG-III Classification System 
Health Care Financing Review  1994;16(2):101-126.
As Medicare payments for post-acute institutional care continue to rise sharply, policy interest in the clinical characteristics of beneficiaries admitted to nursing homes and their variation across facilities has stimulated research into case mix. Measures of Medicare skilled nursing facility (SNF) case mix are important in relating payments to the care requirements of residents. The Resource Utilization Groups, Version III (RUG-III) classification system uses a new minimum data set that is not currently available nationally. In preparation for a multi-State demonstration, we needed to simulate at least the first-level splits at the national, State, and facility level. Therefore, we developed proxy measures using comparable data available on the National Claims History files. The analog is an easily programmed measure of the acuity/severity of beneficiaries' conditions across a Medicare Part A SNF stay in 75 percent of the SNF providers. This can be a method for estimating changes in case mix over the years, and differences across provider types and States.
PMCID: PMC4193490  PMID: 10142367
7.  Heat shock transcription factor activates yeast metallothionein gene expression in response to heat and glucose starvation via distinct signalling pathways. 
Molecular and Cellular Biology  1994;14(12):8155-8165.
Metallothioneins constitute a class of low-molecular-weight, cysteine-rich metal-binding stress proteins which are biosynthetically regulated at the level of gene transcription in response to metals, hormones, cytokines, and other physiological and environmental stresses. In this report, we demonstrate that the Saccharomyces cerevisiae metallothionein gene, designated CUP1, is transcriptionally activated in response to heat shock and glucose starvation through the action of heat shock transcription factor (HSF) and a heat shock element located within the CUP1 promoter upstream regulatory region. CUP1 gene activation in response to both stresses occurs rapidly; however, heat shock activates CUP1 gene expression transiently, whereas glucose starvation activates CUP1 gene expression in a sustained manner for at least 2.5 h. Although a carboxyl-terminal HSF transcriptional activation domain is critical for the activation of CUP1 transcription in response to both heat shock stress and glucose starvation, this region is dispensable for transient heat shock activation of at least two genes encoding members of the S. cerevisiae hsp70 family. Furthermore, inactivation of the chromosomal SNF1 gene, encoding a serine-threonine protein kinase, or the SNF4 gene, encoding a SNF1 cofactor, abolishes CUP1 transcriptional activation in response to glucose starvation without altering heat shock-induced transcription. These studies demonstrate that the S. cerevisiae HSF responds to multiple, distinct stimuli to activate yeast metallothionein gene transcription and that these stimuli elicit responses through nonidentical, genetically separable signalling pathways.
PMCID: PMC359354  PMID: 7969152
8.  Exploration of antigenic variation in gp120 from clades A through F of human immunodeficiency virus type 1 by using monoclonal antibodies. 
Journal of Virology  1994;68(12):8350-8364.
The reactivities of a panel of 14 monoclonal antibodies (MAbs) with monomeric gp120 derived from 67 isolates of human immunodeficiency virus type 1 of clades A through F were assessed by using an antigen-capture enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. The MAbs used were all raised against gp120 or gp120 peptides from clade B viruses and were directed at a range of epitopes relevant to human immunodeficiency virus type 1 neutralization: the V2 and V3 loops, discontinuous epitopes overlapping the CD4-binding site, and two other discontinuous epitopes. Four of the five V3 MAbs showed modest cross-reactivity within clade B but very limited reactivity with gp120s from other clades. These reactivity patterns are consistent with the known primary sequence requirements for the binding of these MAbs. One V3 human MAb (19b), however, was much more broadly reactive than the others, binding to 19 of 29 clade B and 10 of 12 clade E gp120s. The 19b epitope is confined to the flanks of the V3 loop, and these sequences are relatively conserved in clade B and E viruses. In contrast to the limited reactivity of V3 MAbs, CD4-binding site MAbs were much more broadly reactive across clades, two of these MAbs (205-46-9 and 21h) being virtually pan-reactive across clades A through F. Another human MAb (A-32) to a discontinuous epitope was also pan-reactive. The CD4-binding site is strongly conserved between clades; but when considering the epitopes near the CD4-binding site, clade D gp120 appears to be the most closely related to clade B and clade E appears to be the least related. A tentative rank order for these epitopes is B/D-A/C-E/F. V2 MAbs reacted sporadically within and between clades, and no clear pattern was observable. While results from binding assays do not predict neutralization serotypes, they suggest that there may be antigenic subtypes related, but not identical, to the genetic subtypes.
PMCID: PMC237304  PMID: 7525988
9.  The FlhD/FlhC complex, a transcriptional activator of the Escherichia coli flagellar class II operons. 
Journal of Bacteriology  1994;176(23):7345-7351.
The Escherichia coli flhD operon encodes two genes, flhD and flhC. Both gene products were overproduced and purified. The purified proteins formed a complex consisting of two FlhD and two FlhC molecules. Mobility shift assays showed that the FlhD/FlhC complex had a DNA-binding activity and bound to the upstream regions of fliA, flhB, and fliL operons (class II), which are under direct control of the flhD operon. DNase I footprinting analyses of FlhD/FlhC binding to the three class II promoter regions revealed protection of a 48-bp region of the fliA operon between positions -41 to -88, a 50-bp region of the flhB operon between positions -28 to -77, and a 48-bp region of the fliL operon between positions -29 to -76. In vitro transcription experiments demonstrated that the FlhD/FlhC complex is a transcriptional activator required for the transcription of the three class II operons examined in vitro.
PMCID: PMC197124  PMID: 7961507
10.  Molecular sequestration stabilizes CAP-DNA complexes during polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis. 
Nucleic Acids Research  1994;22(23):5054-5059.
The gel electrophoresis mobility shift assay is widely used for qualitative and quantitative characterization of protein complexes with nucleic acids. Often it is found that complexes that are short-lived in free solution (t1/2 of the order of minutes) persist for hours under the conditions of gel electrophoresis. We have investigated the influence of polyacrylamide gels on the pseudo first-order dissociation kinetics of complexes containing the E.coli cyclic AMP receptor protein (CAP) and lactose promoter DNA. Within the gel matrix, kdiss decreased with increasing [polyacrylamide] and the order of the reaction was changed. In free solution, kdiss was proportional to [DNA]2, while in 5% gels, kdiss was proportional to [DNA]0.3. In gels of [polyacrylamide] > or = 10%, kdiss was nearly independent of [DNA] until fragment concentrations exceeded 0.1 microM. Even in the absence of competing DNA, kdiss(gel) < kdiss(solution). These results suggest that the lifetime of CAP-DNA complexes in free solution is limited by their encounter frequency with molecules of DNA or with protein-DNA complexes; some or all of the stabilization observed in gels may be due to a reduction in this frequency.
PMCID: PMC523777  PMID: 7800499
11.  Novel, ultrasensitive, Q-beta replicase-amplified hybridization assay for detection of Chlamydia trachomatis. 
Journal of Clinical Microbiology  1994;32(11):2718-2724.
A sensitive, nonisotopic hybridization assay termed "dual capture" is described. The assay rapidly and specifically detects very low levels of target nucleic acids and organisms. The assay is based on the principles of sandwich hybridization, reversible target capture, and Q-Beta replicase amplification. The assay can be completed in less than 4 h, and in the described model format, it detects Chlamydia trachomatis rRNA or rDNA. Up to 96 samples can be analyzed simultaneously. The assay employs two types of probes: a test-specific capture probe, which mediates the cycling of the target probe complex on and off derivatized magnetic beads, and a replicatable RNA detector molecule containing a sequence complementary to and adjacent to the capture probe site on the target. Following reversible target capture, detection of the signal is accomplished by replication of the detector molecule by Q-Beta replicase in the presence of propidium iodide. A specific assay signal can be detected from as few as 1,000 molecules above the background. In a limited study of 94 urogenital samples the assay detected five of the six culture-positive samples and did not detect the C. trachomatis target in 85 of the 88 culture-negative samples.
PMCID: PMC264149  PMID: 7531719
12.  Effectiveness of shunting in patients with normal pressure hydrocephalus predicted by temporary, controlled-resistance, continuous lumbar drainage: a pilot study. 
From 1984 to 1992 15 consecutive cases of normal pressure hydrocephalus were included in this pilot study. A series of tests included CT of the brain, grading of the cognitive mental state with the mini-mental state examination; urodynamic studies, and gait evaluation. These tests were carried out on admission, and repeated on day 1, day 3, and day 5 after controlled-resistance, continuous lumbar drainage (CRCLD). During this period, eight patients showed significant improvements of cognitive mental state, urodynamic studies, or gait and were regarded as CRCLD responders; the remaining seven patients were regarded as CRCLD non-responders. The CRCLD was routinely removed on day 6 after the drainage procedure and a ventriculoperitoneal (VP) or a lumboperitoneal (LP) shunt was randomly selected for each patient. The tests were repeated one week after shunting and a year later. All the CRCLD responders continued to benefit from shunting at one week and one year after the procedure irrespective of the type of shunting they received. By comparison, none of the CRCLD non-responders showed any improvement a year after the shunting. In conclusion, CRCLD proved to be a safe and effective way to predict the effectiveness of shunting in patients with normal pressure hydrocephalus.
PMCID: PMC1073204  PMID: 7964828
13.  Rhizobium meliloti NodP and NodQ form a multifunctional sulfate-activating complex requiring GTP for activity. 
Journal of Bacteriology  1994;176(22):7055-7064.
The nodulation genes nodP and nodQ are required for production of Rhizobium meliloti nodulation (Nod) factors. These sulfated oligosaccharides act as morphogenic signals to alfalfa, the symbiotic host of R. meliloti. In previous work, we have shown that nodP and nodQ encode ATP sulfurylase, which catalyzes the formation of APS (adenosine 5'-phosphosulfate) and PPi. In the subsequent metabolic reaction, APS is converted to PAPS (3'-phosphoadenosine 5'-phosphosulfate) by APS kinase. In Escherichia coli, cysD and cysN encode ATP sulfurylase; cysC encodes APS kinase. Here, we present genetic, enzymatic, and sequence similarity data demonstrating that nodP and nodQ encode both ATP sulfurylase and APS kinase activities and that these enzymes associate into a multifunctional protein complex which we designate the sulfate activation complex. We have previously described the presence of a putative GTP-binding site in the nodQ sequence. The present report also demonstrates that GTP enhances the rate of PAPS synthesis from ATP and sulfate (SO4(2-)) by NodP and NodQ expressed in E. coli. Thus, GTP is implicated as a metabolic requirement for synthesis of the R. meliloti Nod factors.
PMCID: PMC197080  PMID: 7961471
14.  Identification of a cell-type-specific transcriptional repressor in the promoter region of the mouse hepatocyte growth factor gene. 
Molecular and Cellular Biology  1994;14(11):7046-7058.
Hepatocyte growth factor (HGF), a cytokine with multiple functions, exhibits cell-type-specific as well as cytokine- and steroid hormone-regulated expression. The HGF gene is known to be expressed predominately in mesenchymal but not in epithelial cells. In this study, we report the identification of a cell-type-specific transcriptional repressor in the promoter region of the mouse HGF gene, which is evidently responsible for the suppression of HGF expression in epithelial cells. Gel mobility shift assays and DNase I footprinting studies revealed that a 27-bp element (-16 to +11) around the transcription initiation site is responsible for the binding of a nuclear protein which is present in epithelial but not in mesenchymally derived cells. Further analysis of the binding activity of the DNA region with nuclear protein revealed that an approximately 19-bp sequence containing a unique palindromic structure (5'-AACCGACCGGTT-3') overlapped by a CAP box is essential for binding. Substitution of a single base (the contact site) within this region by site-directed mutagenesis resulted in total abrogation of the binding of the nuclear protein and a concomitant increase in the transcriptional activity of various lengths of HGF-chloramphenicol acetyltransferase fused genes when transfected into the epithelial cell line RL95-2 but not the mesenchymal cell line NIH 3T3. Southwestern (DNA-protein) analyses revealed that the nuclear protein which binds to this repressor element is a single polypeptide of approximately 70 kDa. Analysis of the nuclear extract prepared from regenerating mouse liver at various times after two-thirds partial hepatectomy by gel mobility shift assay revealed a substantial reduction (more than 75% within 3 h) in the binding of the repressor to its cognate binding site. Our results suggest that a cis-acting transcriptional repressor in the promoter region of the mouse HGF gene is involved in cell-type-specific regulation through binding to its cognate trans-acting protein which exists in epithelial cells but is absent in fibroblast cells.
PMCID: PMC359238  PMID: 7935420
15.  The requirement for yeast superoxide dismutase is bypassed through mutations in BSD2, a novel metal homeostasis gene. 
Molecular and Cellular Biology  1994;14(11):7037-7045.
Oxygen toxicity in Saccharomyces cerevisiae strains lacking superoxide dismutase can be suppressed through mutations in either the BSD1 or BSD2 gene. In this report, we demonstrate that the BSD2 gene normally functions in the homeostasis of heavy metal ions. A mutation in BSD2 not only reverses the aerobic defects of yeast strains lacking superoxide dismutase but also is associated with an increased sensitivity to copper and cadmium toxicity and an elevation in copper ion accumulation. The BSD2 gene was cloned by functional complementation and is predicted to encode a novel 37.5-kDa protein with three potential transmembrane domains. The mutant bsd2-1 allele was isolated and found to contain a single C-to-T transition changing a centrally located proline to a serine. This substitution results in total inactivation of BSD2, since the bsd2-1 mutation is identical to a bsd2 delta gene deletion in phenotype. BSD2 is expressed in yeast cells as a 1.5-kb mRNA. Although the gene functions in copper detoxification, BSD2 is not induced by copper ions, as is the case with S. cerevisiae metallothioneins. A probable role for copper ions in the bsd2 reversal of oxidative damage is discussed.
PMCID: PMC359237  PMID: 7935419
16.  Multiple cytokines stimulate the binding of a common 145-kilodalton protein to Shc at the Grb2 recognition site of Shc. 
Molecular and Cellular Biology  1994;14(10):6926-6935.
We recently reported that interleukin-3, Steel factor, and erythropoietin all induce the tyrosine phosphorylation of Shc and its association with Grb2 in hemopoietic cell lines. We have now further characterized the proteins that become associated with Shc following stimulation with these cytokines and found that, in response to all three, the tyrosine-phosphorylated form of Shc binds to common 145- and 52-kDa proteins which also become tyrosine phosphorylated in response to these growth factors. The 145-kDa protein, which appears, from antiphosphotyrosine blots of two-dimensional O'Farrell gels, to exist in four different phosphorylation states following cytokine stimulation (with isoelectric points ranging from 7.2 to 7.8), does not appear to be immunologically related to the beta subunit of the interleukin-3 receptor, c-Kit, BCR, ABL, JAK1, JAK2, Sos1, eps15, or insulin receptor substrate 1 protein. Silver-stained sodium dodecyl sulfate gels indicate that the association of the 145-kDa protein with Shc occurs only after cytokine stimulation and that it can bind to the tyrosine-phosphorylated form of Shc in its non-tyrosine-phosphorylated state. The latter finding, in conjunction with the observations that p145 does not bind, in vitro, to the Src homology 2 (SH2) domain of Shc, that it is not present in anti-Grb2 immunoprecipitates, and that a phosphopeptide which blocks the binding of Shc to the SH2 domain of Grb2 also blocks the binding of Shc to p145, suggests that p145 contains an SH2 domain and competes with Grb2 for the same tyrosine-phosphorylated site on Shc. This implicates p145 as a potential regulator of Ras activity and, perhaps, of other as yet unidentified functions of Shc.
PMCID: PMC359223  PMID: 7523859
17.  PML, a growth suppressor disrupted in acute promyelocytic leukemia. 
Molecular and Cellular Biology  1994;14(10):6858-6867.
The nonrandom chromosomal translocation t(15;17)(q22;q21) in acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL) juxtaposes the genes for retinoic acid receptor alpha (RAR alpha) and the putative zinc finger transcription factor PML. The breakpoint site encodes fusion protein PML-RAR alpha, which is able to form a heterodimer with PML. It was hypothesized that PML-RAR alpha is a dominant negative inhibitor of PML. Inactivation of PML function in APL may play a critical role in APL pathogenesis. Our results demonstrated that PML, but not PML-RAR alpha, is a growth suppressor. This is supported by the following findings: (i) PML suppressed anchorage-independent growth of APL-derived NB4 cells on soft agar and tumorigenicity in nude mice, (ii) PML suppressed the oncogenic transformation of rat embryo fibroblasts by cooperative oncogenes, and (iii) PML suppressed transformation of NIH 3T3 cells by the activated neu oncogene. Cotransfection of PML with PML-RAR alpha resulted in a significant reduction in PML's transformation suppressor function in vivo, indicating that the fusion protein can be a dominant negative inhibitor of PML function in APL cells. This observation was further supported by the finding that cotransfection of PML and PML-RAR alpha resulted in altered normal cellular localization of PML. Our results also demonstrated that PML, but not PML-RAR alpha, is a promoter-specific transcription suppressor. Therefore, we hypothesized that disruption of the PML gene, a growth or transformation suppressor, by the t(15;17) translocation in APL is one of the critical events in leukemogenesis.
PMCID: PMC359216  PMID: 7935403
18.  Selective activation and accumulation of oligoclonal V beta-specific T cells in active pulmonary sarcoidosis. 
Journal of Clinical Investigation  1994;94(4):1533-1542.
Sarcoidosis is a granulomatous disease in which activated T cells, responding to an unidentified stimulus, accumulate at sites of disease such as the lung. To evaluate the hypothesis that active sarcoidosis is characterized by a selective activation and expansion of a limited repertoire of T cell receptor (TCR) specific T cells, we analyzed TCR V beta gene expression in lung and blood T cells of patients with active sarcoidosis and, for comparison, normal individuals using polymerase chain reaction amplification of 20 V beta gene families. Analysis of normal bronchoalveolar lavage T cells revealed TCR V beta distributions similar to that of normal blood, providing evidence for a lack of generalized skewing of the T cell repertoire in the normal, noninfected lung. Compared to normal lung and blood, subgroups of individuals with sarcoidosis demonstrated biased expression of one or more V beta genes in either the lung or blood. Five V beta gene families (V beta 5, V beta 8, V beta 15, V beta 16, and V beta 18) were most frequently utilized in a biased fashion by sarcoid lung or blood T cells. Furthermore, dramatic skewing of the T cell repertoire was apparent when sarcoid lung and blood T cells were expanded by short-term culture with IL-2. Sequence analysis demonstrated a bias in V beta gene expression was usually due to expansion of select V beta-specific clones, some of which contained a similar V(D)J junctional region motif. These observations provide evidence for a selective activation and accumulation of antigen-specific V beta-expressing T cells in sarcoidosis.
PMCID: PMC295302  PMID: 7929830
19.  Phenotypic correction of Fanconi anemia in human hematopoietic cells with a recombinant adeno-associated virus vector. 
Journal of Clinical Investigation  1994;94(4):1440-1448.
Fanconi anemia (FA) is a recessive inherited disease characterized by defective DNA repair. FA cells are hypersensitive to DNA cross-linking agents that cause chromosomal instability and cell death. FA is manifested clinically by progressive pancytopenia, variable physical anomalies, and predisposition to malignancy. Four complementation groups have been identified, termed A, B, C, and D. The gene for the FA complementation group C, FACC, has been cloned. Expression of the FACC cDNA corrects the phenotypic defect of FA(C) cells, resulting in normalized cell growth in the presence of DNA cross-linking agents such as mitomycin C (MMC). Gene transfer of the FACC gene should provide a survival advantage to transduced hematopoietic cells, suggesting that FA might be an ideal candidate for gene therapy. We demonstrated efficient transduction, expression, and phenotypic correction in lymphoblastoid cell lines derived from FA (C) patients using a recombinant adeno-associated virus (rAAV) vector containing the FACC gene. Molecular characterization of the transduced FACC gene showed an intact unrearranged proviral genome with expression sufficient to normalize cell growth, cell cycle kinetics and chromosomal breakage in the presence of MMC. These observations were extended by testing rAAV transduction in hematopoietic progenitor cells. Peripheral blood CD34+ cells isolated from a FA (C) patient and transduced with rAAV/FACC virus yielded 5-10-fold more progenitor colonies than mock-infected cells, consistent with genetic "rescue" of corrected cells. This is the first demonstration of rAAV gene correction in primary human hematopoietic progenitor cells and has important implications for gene therapy of hematopoietic disorders, specifically FA.
PMCID: PMC295276  PMID: 7929819
20.  Regulation of the production of extracellular pectinase, cellulase, and protease in the soft rot bacterium Erwinia carotovora subsp. carotovora: evidence that aepH of E. carotovora subsp. carotovora 71 activates gene expression in E. carotovora subsp. carotovora, E. carotovora subsp. atroseptica, and Escherichia coli. 
The production of pectolytic enzymes (pectate lyase [Pel] and polygalacturonase [Peh]), cellulase (Cel), and protease (Prt) is activated in the soft rot bacterium Erwinia carotovora subsp. carotovora by aepA (activator of extracellular protein production) and celery extract (Y. Liu, H. Murata, A. Chatterjee, and A. K. Chatterjee, Mol. Plant-Microbe Interact. 6:299-308, 1993). We recently isolated a new class of mutants of strain E. carotovora subsp. carotovora 71 which overproduces Pel, Peh, Cel, and Prt. From the overproducing strain AC5034, we identified an activator locus, designated aepH*, which stimulated Pel, Peh, Cel, and Prt production in E. carotovora subsp. carotovora 71 or its derivatives. The nucleotide sequence of the aepH* DNA segment revealed an open reading frame of 141 bp that could encode a small (5.45-kDa) highly basic (pI 11.7) protein of 47 amino acid residues. Analyses of deletions and MudI insertions indicated that the activator function required the 508-bp DNA segment which contains this open reading frame. The wild-type locus, aepH+, is localized within a DNA segment upstream of aepA. An AepH- strain constructed by exchanging aepH+ with aepH*::MudI was deficient in Pel, Peh, Cel, and Prt production; exoenzyme production was restored upon the introduction of a plasmid carrying aepH+ or aepH*. Plasmids carrying either aepH+ or aepH* activated the production of Pel-1, Peh-1, and Cel in Escherichia coli HB101 carrying the cognate genes. The aepH effect in E. coli was due to the activation of transcription, as indicated by assays of pel-1 and peh-1 mRNAs. The aepH+ and aepH* plasmids also stimulated Pel, Peh, Cel, and Prt production in other wild-type E. carotovora subsp. carotovora strains as well as in E. carotovora subsp. atroseptica. Although the stimulatory effect was generally more pronounced with aepH* than with aepH+, the extent of activation in the wild-type strains depended upon the bacterial strain and the growth medium. Southern blot hybridization revealed the presence of aepH homologs in E. carotovora subsp. carotovora and E. carotovora subsp. atroseptica, and provided physical evidence for linkage between aepA and aepH homologs in genomes of these bacteria. We conclude that aepH-mediated activation of exoprotein gene expression is a feature common to most strains of E. carotovora.
PMCID: PMC201783  PMID: 7944360
21.  Comparison of PCR with culture for detection of Ureaplasma urealyticum in clinical samples from patients with urogenital infections. 
Teng, K | Li, M | Yu, W | Li, H | Shen, D | Liu, D
Journal of Clinical Microbiology  1994;32(9):2232-2234.
PCR was compared with culture for the detection of Ureaplasma urealyticum in 50 specimens, including sperm, urine, and prostate secretions, from hospital patients with urogenital infections. Five positive and a further four doubtful diagnoses were made by culture, whereas PCR detected U. urealyticum in 12 samples. PCR also was faster than culturing. The increased sensitivity and shorter time requirement of PCR support its further development for the diagnosis of U. urealyticum infection.
PMCID: PMC263973  PMID: 7814552
22.  A 100-kilodalton polypeptide encoded by open reading frame (ORF) 1b of the coronavirus infectious bronchitis virus is processed by ORF 1a products. 
Journal of Virology  1994;68(9):5772-5780.
The genome-length mRNA (mRNA 1) of the coronavirus infectious bronchitis virus (IBV) contains two large open reading frames (ORFs), 1a and 1b, with the potential to encode polypeptides of 441 and 300 kDa, respectively. The downstream ORF, ORF 1b, is expressed by a ribosomal frameshifting mechanism. In an effort to detect viral polypeptides encoded by ORF 1b in virus-infected cells, immunoprecipitations were carried out with a panel of region-specific antisera. A polypeptide of approximately 100 kDa was precipitated from IBV-infected, but not mock-infected, Vero cells by one of these antisera (V58). Antiserum V58 was raised against a bacterially expressed fusion protein containing polypeptide sequences encoded by ORF 1b nucleotides 14492 to 15520; it recognizes specifically the corresponding in vitro-synthesized target protein. A polypeptide comigrating with the 100,000-molecular-weight protein (100K protein) identified in infected cells was also detected when the IBV sequence from nucleotides 8693 to 16980 was expressed in Vero cells by using a vaccinia virus-T7 expression system. Deletion analysis revealed that the sequence encoding the C terminus of the 100K polypeptide lies close to nucleotide 15120; it may therefore be generated by proteolysis at a potential QS cleavage site encoded by nucleotides 15129 to 15135. In contrast, expression of IBV sequences from nucleotides 10752 to 16980 generated two polypeptides of approximately 62 and 235 kDa, which represent the ORF 1a stop product and the 1a-1b fused product generated by a frameshifting mechanism, respectively, but no processed products were observed. Since the putative picornavirus 3C-like proteinase domain is located in ORF 1a between nucleotides 8937 and 9357, this observation suggests that deletion of the picornavirus 3C-like proteinase domain and surrounding regions abolishes processing of the 1b polyprotein. In addition, the in vitro translation and in vivo transfection studies also indicate that the ORF 1a region between nucleotides 8763 and 10720 contains elements that down-regulate the expression of ORF 1b.
PMCID: PMC236981  PMID: 8057459
23.  Comparative studies of genes encoding thermostable L-2-halo acid dehalogenase from Pseudomonas sp. strain YL, other dehalogenases, and two related hypothetical proteins from Escherichia coli. 
We have determined the nucleotide sequence of the gene encoding thermostable L-2-halo acid dehalogenase (L-DEX) from the 2-chloroacrylate-utilizable bacterium Pseudomonas sp. strain YL. The open reading frame consists of 696 nucleotides corresponding to 232 amino acid residues. The protein molecular weight was estimated to be 26,179, which was in good agreement with the subunit molecular weight of the enzyme. The gene was efficiently expressed in the recombinant Escherichia coli cells: the amount of L-DEX corresponds to about 49% of the total soluble proteins. The predicted amino acid sequence showed a high level of similarity to those of L-DEXs from other bacterial strains and haloacetate dehalogenase H-2 from Moraxella sp. strain B (38 to 57% identity) but a very low level of similarity to those of haloacetate dehalogenase H-1 from Moraxella sp. strain B (10%) and haloalkane dehalogenase from Xanthobacter autotrophicus GJ10 (12%). By searching the protein amino acid sequence database, we found two E. coli hypothetical proteins similar to the Pseudomonas sp. strain YL L-DEX (21 to 22%).
PMCID: PMC201812  PMID: 7944368
24.  Studies of the biosynthesis of 3,6-dideoxyhexoses: molecular cloning and characterization of the asc (ascarylose) region from Yersinia pseudotuberculosis serogroup VA. 
Journal of Bacteriology  1994;176(17):5483-5493.
The 3,6-dideoxyhexoses are found in the lipopolysaccharides of gram-negative bacteria, where they have been shown to be the dominant antigenic determinants. Of the five 3,6-dideoxyhexoses known to occur naturally, four have been found in various strains of Salmonella enterica (abequose, tyvelose, paratose, and colitose) and all five, including ascarylose, are present among the serotypes of Yersinia pseudotuberculosis. Although there exists one report of the cloning of the rfb region harboring the abequose biosynthetic genes from Y. pseudotuberculosis serogroup HA, the detailed genetic principles underlying a 3,6-dideoxyhexose polymorphism in Y. pseudotuberculosis have not been addressed. To extend the available information on the genes responsible for 3,6-dideoxyhexose formation in Yersinia spp. and facilitate a comparison with the established rfb (O antigen) cluster of Salmonella spp., we report the production of three overlapping clones containing the entire gene cluster required for CDP-ascarylose biosynthesis. On the basis of a detailed sequence analysis, the implications regarding 3,6-dideoxyhexose polymorphism among Salmonella and Yersinia spp. are discussed. In addition, the functional cloning of this region has allowed the expression of Ep (alpha-D-glucose cytidylyltransferase), Eod (CDP-D-glucose 4,6-dehydratase), E1 (CDP-6-deoxy-L-threo-D-glycero-4- hexulose-3-dehydrase), E3 (CDP-6-deoxy-delta 3,4-glucoseen reductase), Eep (CDP-3,6-dideoxy-D-glycero-D- glycero-4-hexulose-5-epimerase), and Ered (CDP-3,6-dideoxy-L-glycero-D-glycero-4-hexulose-4-reductase), facilitating future mechanistic studies of this intriguing biosynthetic pathway.
PMCID: PMC196737  PMID: 8071227
25.  Nitric oxide-mediated antiplasmodial activity in human and murine hepatocytes induced by gamma interferon and the parasite itself: enhancement by exogenous tetrahydrobiopterin. 
Infection and Immunity  1994;62(9):4043-4046.
Expression of inducible nitric oxide (NO) synthase has been shown to inhibit the development of several pathogens, including fungi, bacteria, parasites, and viruses. However, there is still controversy as to whether this effector mechanism can inhibit the development of human pathogens. We now report that gamma interferon (IFN-gamma) induces the elimination of Plasmodium falciparum-infected primary human hepatocytes from cultures and that the antimalarial activity is dependent on NO. Infection with the parasite alone in the absence of added IFN-gamma caused a 10-fold increase in NO formation. Both spontaneous inhibition and IFN-gamma-induced inhibition of Plasmodium yoelii-infected murine hepatocytes were increased with the addition of the NO synthase cofactor tetrahydrobiopterin, or sepiapterin, which is converted to tetrahydrobiopterin. These results indicate that under in vitro conditions the parasite itself provides a signal that triggers induction of the NO pathway in human and murine hepatocytes and that NO formation in infected hepatocytes is limited by tetrahydrobiopterin availability.
PMCID: PMC303065  PMID: 8063424

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