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The gene encoding factor C (facC), an extracellular signal protein involved in cellular differentiation, was cloned from Streptomyces griseus 45H, and the complete nucleotide sequence was determined. The deduced amino acid sequence was confirmed by HPLC/electrospray ionization-mass spectrometry analysis. The full-length protein consists of 324 amino acids(More)
The spectrum of lissencephaly ranges from absent (agyria) or decreased (pachygyria) convolutions to less severe malformation known as subcortical band heterotopia. Mutations involving LIS1 and TUBA1A result in the classic form of lissencephaly, whereas mutations of the DCX gene cause lissencephaly in males and subcortical band heterotopia in females. This(More)
BACKGROUND Atopic dermatitis (AD) is frequently associated with skin infections that may be a consequence of an impaired function of the innate immune response. Conversely, the frequent bacterial colonization may also influence the systemic immune reactions, including the Toll-like receptor (TLR) system, through the translocation of bacterial components(More)
In order to study the possible action of glucocorticosteroids (GCS) on the CD14/Toll like receptor mediated activation of monocytes the CD14-expression, CD14-mediated LPS binding and activation of these cells of patients suffering from Systemic Lupus Erythematosus receiving no, low dose or pulse steroid treatment was studied. The CD14-expression was(More)
Microbial resistance to antimicrobial drugs is promoting a search for new antimicrobial agents that target highly conservative structures of pathogens. Human CD14 - a known pattern recognition receptor (PRR) which recognizes multiple ligands from different microbes might be a worthy candidate. The aim of our work was to create a CD14/Fc dimer protein and(More)
BACKGROUND In acute myeloid leukemia (AML), the internal tandem duplication (ITD) in the juxtamembrane domain of the FLT3 (Fms-like tyrosine kinase 3) gene is one of the most frequent genetic alterations associated with poor prognosis. METHODS A complex evaluation of the analytical properties of the three most frequently used detection methods--PCR(More)
Male carriers with balanced reciprocal translocations can produce a variable proportion of unbalanced gametes resulting in reproductive failures. The presence of a structural rearrangement may induce an interchromosomal effect. This is characterized by abnormal bivalents not involved in the reorganization thereby yielding non-disjunction, which would(More)
Human monocytes express on their plasma membrane relatively large number of CD14 molecules, known to play a crucial role in the lipopolisaccharide (LPS)-mediated cellular activation. Indirect data (J. Biol. Chem. 270 (1995) 9904) suggest that not all of these CD14 molecules participate in LPS-signaling, but the importance of these spare receptors and the(More)
BACKGROUND CD14, the major lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-binding protein of myeloid cells, is found as a soluble molecule in human serum. Recent data describe the presence of elevated soluble CD14 (sCD14) concentration in various disorders, confirming disease activity. A novel, easy, and rapid flow cytometric assay was developed to measure sCD14 levels in serum.(More)
A spontaneous deletion probably caused by rec A independent recombination between short-direct repeat sequences was observed in pUC19 plasmid carrying a piece of Streptomyces genomic DNA after culturing in liquid medium. The deletion removed an unknown portion of the cloned DNA and the BamHI-EcoRI part of the multiple cloning site with an additional(More)
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