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A full-length cDNA clone of a serine proteinase, mouse brain serine proteinase (mBSP), was isolated from a mouse brain cDNA library. mBSP, which has been recently reported to be expressed in the hair follicles of nude mice, is most similar (88% identical) in sequence to rat myelencephalon-specific protease. The mBSP mRNA was steadily expressed in the brain(More)
As a step in elucidating the biological role of plasma kallikrein (PK) present in the follicular fluid of mammalian ovaries, we examined pig ovary fluid to determine its constituent activators and substrates. Using the inactive precursor form of plasma kallikrein (prePK) as a substrate, we purified an enzyme capable of activating this protein. The(More)
A cDNA clone of a new mouse tissue kallikrein, designated mKlk27, was isolated from an adult mouse testis cDNA library. mKlk27 was expressed in the submaxillary glands and testis of the mouse. In testis, mKlk27 gene was expressed exclusively in the Leydig cells of the adult mouse. Active recombinant mKlk27 exhibited chymotrypsin-like cleavage specificity. A(More)
To examine the molecular diversity of the venom proteins of the Russell's viper (Daboia russellii russellii) and the Indian cobra (Naja naja) in Sri Lanka, we isolated 38 venom proteins through a combination of anion exchange chromatography followed by reversed-phase high performance liquid chromatography. From the venom of D. r. russellii we isolated 15(More)
The structure of the coding region of mouse myosin X cDNA was determined. The predicted protein sequence indicated an approximately 240 kDa molecular mass with 2062 amino acids. When aligned with the structure predicted for calf myosin X (GenBank Accession No. U55042), extremely highly conserved pleckstrin homology domains and a myosin tail homology 4(More)
To clarify the nature of rat neonate/infant-specific pepsinogens, we carried out their purification and molecular cloning. Prochymosin was found to be the major neonatal pepsinogen. The general proteolytic activity of its active form, chymosin, was, however, lower than those of pepsins A and C which are predominant in adult animals. Molecular cloning of rat(More)
Human kallikrein 8 (KLK8) is a member of the human kallikrein gene family of serine proteases, and its protein, hK8, has recently been suggested to serve as a new ovarian cancer marker. To gain insights into the physiological role of hK8, the active recombinant enzyme was obtained in a pure state for biochemical and enzymatic characterizations. hK8 had(More)
The overall sequence of cDNA encoding vitellogenin (Vg), a precursor to major yolk protein (MYP), of Hemicentrotus pulcherrimus was determined. Its nucleotide sequence has an open reading frame of 4041 bp encoding 1346 amino acids. The amino acid sequence showed little similarity to other Vgs in vertebrates, insects or nematodes, but resembled members of(More)
Bombesin (BN) and structurally related peptides, gastrin-releasing peptide (GRP) and neuromedin B (NMB), injected into the lateral ventricle produce multiple effects such as hypothermia, anorexia and hormone release. In this study, the pharmacological characteristics of BN receptors mediating hypothermia in the central nervous system (CNS) were investigated(More)
Prolyl endopeptidase [EC 3.4.21.26] was purified 4,675-fold with a yield of 26.3% from porcine muscle. The purified enzyme was shown to be very similar to the liver enzyme with respect to its molecular weight (72,000-74,000), antigenicity, substrate specificity, and susceptibility to protease inhibitors. Among several bioactive peptides, angiotensins I, II,(More)