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The proteolytic activities expressed by a Chinese hamster ovary (CHO) cell line in the cultivation supernatant during the production of recombinant factor VIII were mapped with a broad spectrum protease assay and a series of different types of protease inhibitors. The destabilizing effect on the product emanated from a metalloproteinase, which could be(More)
The antibacterial and cytotoxic activity of the human cathelicidin peptide LL-37 is inhibited by plasma. Because LL-37 does not undergo rapid degradation in human plasma, we postulated that this inhibition results from binding of LL-37 to unidentified proteins. An LL-37 binding plasma protein has now been isolated by affinity chromatography.(More)
Recombinant factor VIII SQ (r-VIII SQ), ReFacto, is a recombinant factor VIII product similar to the smallest active factor VIII protein found in plasma-derived factor VIII (p-VIII) concentrates. The protein comprises two polypeptide chains of 80 and 90 kDa and lacks the major part of the heavily glycosylated B-domain i.e. amino acids Gln744 to Ser1637.(More)
A new high-purity recombinant factor VIII preparation has been developed for the treatment of hemophilia A. Structurally, this factor VIII preparation, B-domain deleted recombinant factor VIII (BDDrFVIII), differs from other recombinant and plasma-derived factor VIII preparations in that most of the B-domain has been deleted. To ensure that BDDrFVIII(More)
Recombinant molecules similar to the smallest active plasma-derived factor VIII molecule, a complex of an 80-kDa and a 90-kDa polypeptide chain lacking the B domain, have been produced using various factor VIII cDNA constructs in order to obtain primary translation products which were efficiently processed into the 80 + 90-kDa complex. Three types of(More)
In organisms with a soma-germ demarcation, the germline must be 'preserved' such that harmful damage is not transmitted to the offspring. Keeping the progeny free of damage may be achieved by gametes enjoying elevated, and/or more functional, homeostatic maintenance systems. This possibility was approached here by testing whether the soma and maturating(More)
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