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Detection And Quantification Of Protein Biomarkers From Fewer Than 10 Cells, Saju Nettikadan, Korinna Radke, James Johnson, Juntao Xu, Michael Lynch, Curtis Mosher, Eric Henderson Feb 2006

Detection And Quantification Of Protein Biomarkers From Fewer Than 10 Cells, Saju Nettikadan, Korinna Radke, James Johnson, Juntao Xu, Michael Lynch, Curtis Mosher, Eric Henderson

Genetics, Development and Cell Biology Publications

The use of antibody microarrays continues to grow rapidly due to the recent advances in proteomics and automation and the opportunity this combination creates for high throughput multiplexed analysis of protein biomarkers. However, a primary limitation of this technology is the lack of PCR-like amplification methods for proteins. Therefore, to realize the full potential of array-based protein biomarker screening it is necessary to construct assays that can detect and quantify protein biomarkers with very high sensitivity, in the femtomolar range, and from limited sample quantities. We describe here the construction of ultramicroarrays, combining the advantages of microarraying including multiplexing capabilities ...


Understanding Il-12 Responsiveness During Leishmania Amazonensis Infection , Amanda Ellen Ramer Jan 2006

Understanding Il-12 Responsiveness During Leishmania Amazonensis Infection , Amanda Ellen Ramer

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Cutaneous leishmaniasis is a vector-borne disease caused by intracellular protozoan parasites of the genus Leishmania. C3H mice challenged with L. major develop a polarized Th1 response and subsequently heal, whereas L. amazonensis challenge leads to chronic lesions with high parasite loads. This work demonstrates that infection with L. amazonensis creates a population of antigen-responsive, CD44hi CD4+ T cells that proliferate and produce IL-2 but do not polarize to an effector phenotype and exhibit limited IFN-gamma production in response to IL-12. CD44 hi CD4+ T cells from L. amazonensis-infected mice fail to accumulate in culture as compared to cells from L ...


Directed Growth And Selective Differentiation Of Neural Progenitor Cells Using A Synergistic Combination Of Topographical And Soluble Cues , Jennifer Behr Recknor Jan 2006

Directed Growth And Selective Differentiation Of Neural Progenitor Cells Using A Synergistic Combination Of Topographical And Soluble Cues , Jennifer Behr Recknor

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this study is to develop strategies to facilitate nerve regeneration using a synergistic combination of guidance cues. We are investigating the cellular mechanisms of development using adult rat hippocampal progenitor cells (AHPCs) and have demonstrated that manipulating a combination of physical, chemical and biological cues can lead to oriented astrocyte and neural progenitor cell outgrowth and can influence progenitor cell differentiation. To provide physical guidance, micropatterned polystyrene (PS) substrates were fabricated and chemically modified with laminin. Astrocytes or AHPCs cultured on these substrates align along the grooves of the patterned surface extending highly elongated processes. To further ...


Comparative Study Of Immunocytochemical Patterns Of Somatotrophs, Mammotrophs, And Mammosomatotrophs In The Porcine Anterior Pituitary , Jin-Sook Lee Jan 2006

Comparative Study Of Immunocytochemical Patterns Of Somatotrophs, Mammotrophs, And Mammosomatotrophs In The Porcine Anterior Pituitary , Jin-Sook Lee

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The anterior pituitary gland is a dynamic and complex endocrine gland that synthesizes and secretes trophic hormones from distinct endocrine cells including mammotrophs (prolactin cells or lactotrophs) and somatotrophs (growth hormone cells) to play essential roles in the maintenance of homeostasis, metabolism, reproduction, growth, and lactation. Recently, the existence of a novel anterior pituitary cell type, the mammosomatotroph which contained both growth hormone (GH) and prolactin (PRL) was proposed to function as a transitional cell or progenitor cell between somatotrophs and mammotrophs under various physiological conditions. The present study investigated the spatial distribution patterns of somatotrophs, mammotrophs, and mammosomatotrophs by ...


From Endomembrane To The Plasma Membrane: The Traffic, Signal Transduction And Micro-Localization Of H-Ras , Hui Zheng Jan 2006

From Endomembrane To The Plasma Membrane: The Traffic, Signal Transduction And Micro-Localization Of H-Ras , Hui Zheng

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Ras proteins are small G proteins that play key roles in many aspect of cell signal transduction. H-Ras is one of three isoforms of mammalian Ras protein that is best studied. The work presented in this dissertation describes how the carboxyl terminal lipid modifications affect the transportation, signal transduction and micro-localizations of H-Ras protein. The already known traffic pathway for H-Ras to the plasma membrane is Golgi mediated classical vesicular Transportation; However, we found the H-Ras transportation has many different features other than the classical pathway, and thereby discovered a new pathway for H-Ras targeting to the plasma membrane. This ...