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ECU scientists provide journal cover art

By Doug Boyd

Cover art by ECU professors is featured on three medical journals. Above, work by Ann Sperry is used on the March issue of Biology of the Cell. (Contributed photo)
Three anatomy and cell biology faculty members at the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University were invited to provide cover art for recent scientific journals.

A slide by Dr. Ann Sperry, associate professor, was used on the cover of the March issue of Biology of the Cell. It is a fluorescent image of two cultured cells and a protein discovered in her laboratory (labeled in red) near the site in cells where microtubules (labeled in green) originate. Sperry hypothesizes that this protein may regulate cell shape and/or cell division.

Dr. Warren Knudson, professor, provided a slide of cultured chondrocytes, cells that make up cartilage, for the cover of the May issue of Arthritis & Rheumatism. These cells were studied in an article identifying the fragmentation of an important protein, CD44, that occurs during arthritis.

Dr. Qun Lu, associate professor, provided art for the March issue of NeuroToxicology. His study demonstrated how the chemotherapy drug cisplatin induced peripheral neuropathy but inhibiting signaling of a protein facilitates recovery from experimental neurodegeneration. The picture chosen for the journal cover illustrates sensory nerve action potentials in cisplatin-treated mice.

The work of these researchers was funded by grants from ECU Division of Research and Graduate Studies, the National Institutes of Health, the National Cancer Institute and the National Institute on Aging.

This story appeared originally in the April 30, 2010 issue of Pieces of Eight. An archived version of that issue is available at