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Rat pancreatic juice was collected from female, anesthetized Sprague-Dawley rats (200-250 g) during basal secretion and after 45-min intravenous infusion for secretin or secretin with cholecystokinin (CCK). The volume of secretion was measured as well as activity of lipase and colipase. It was shown that the basal secretion of pancreatic juice gave a(More)
The aim of the present study was to identify and characterize progenitor properties of human articular chondrocytes selected by using agarose suspension culture. In this chondrogenic selective culture condition, about 3.6% of seeded surplus chondrocytes from patients undergoing articular chondrocyte transplantation proliferated and formed cell clusters(More)
In the present study, we developed an autoradiographic method to visualize the distribution of melanocortin (MC) receptors 3 and 4 in sagittal sections of the rat brain. The method takes advantage of the MC3 and MC4 receptor selective compounds, gamma1-MSH and HS014. First, we characterized the binding of gamma1-MSH, HS014 and the radioligand [125I]NDP-MSH(More)
The hypertrophic stage of development of the rat mandibular condyle was investigated in 16 and 26-day-old rats by electron microscopy. Interest was focused on the zone of mineralization and erosion. It was observed that capillaries invaded the lower level of the hypertrophic zone, without any previous chondroclastic resorption of calcified partitions. The(More)
Pancreatic procolipase is a cofactor for lipase and necessary for optimal fat digestion in the intestine during a meal. It is activated by trypsin in the intestine during release of an activation peptide, with the sequence Val-Pro-Asp-Pro-Arg in rat. This peptide, in the following termed VPDPR, was found to decrease food intake in rats. The human(More)
Mixed micelles of bile salt and phospholipids inhibit the lipase-colipase-catalysed hydrolysis of triacylglycerols. Free fatty acids can reverse this inhibition and reactivate lipase-colipase. This reactivation is either due to the formation of a high-affinity complex between lipase and colipase induced by free fatty acids and/or to a change of the quality(More)
Pancreatic pro-colipase activation peptide, a pentapeptide with the sequence VPDPR was found to significantly suppress food intake of 20 h fasted Sprague-Dawley rats in a dose-dependent way. A rat treated with pro-colipase-enriched pellets for 26 days showed decreased daily food intake and retarded growth, which were restored during a following period of(More)