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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)
The objective was to assess the congruity of gliostatin/platelet-derived endothelial cell growth factor (GLS PD-ECGF) with other clinical markers of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and to define its molecular mechanism of action in the complicated cytokine network during RA pathogenesis. Immunoassay systems were used to quantify GLS or cytokine levels in(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)
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)
OBJECTIVE The purpose of this study was to examine how gliostatin/platelet-derived endothelial cell growth factor (GLS/PD-ECGF) is involved in the molecular mechanism of cartilage degradation in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) with special reference to the GLS-induced gene expression and protein synthesis of matrix metalloproteinase (MMP)-1 (collagenase-1) and(More)
A novel full-length human cDNA homologous to Glia Maturation Factor-beta (GMF-beta) gene was isolated. Sequence analysis of the entire cDNA revealed an open reading frame of 426 nucleotides with a deduced protein sequence of 142 amino acid residues. The deduced amino acid sequences of its putative product is highly homologous to human GMF-beta (82%(More)
The effect of mild hyperthermia on a cultured rat malignant fibrous histiocytoma (MFH) cell line, MFH-2NR, was investigated. MFH cells in log-phase (growing phase) were heated at 41 degrees-44 degrees C for 1 hr. Hyperthermic treatment at 41 degrees C did not substantially affect cell proliferation and treatment at 44 degrees C caused necrosis. After(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)
Major yolk protein (MYP), a transferrin superfamily protein that forms yolk granules in sea urchin eggs, is also contained in the coelomic fluid and nutritive phagocytes of the gonad in both sexes. MYP in the coelomic fluid (CFMYP; 180 kDa) has a higher molecular mass than MYP in eggs (EGMYP; 170 kDa). Here we show that MYP has a zinc-binding capacity that(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)