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Salmon calcitonin (sCT) is an example of one of the many bioactive peptides that require amidation of the carboxy terminus for full potency. We describe a method for the production of amidated sCT in the mammary gland of transgenic rabbits. Expression of a fusion protein comprising human alpha lactalbumin joined by an enterokinase cleavable linker to sCT(More)
BACKGROUND A limited number of approved therapeutic options are available to metastatic medullary thyroid cancer (MTC) patients, and the response to conventional chemotherapy and/or radiotherapy strategies is inadequate. Sporadic and inherited mutations in the tyrosine kinase RET result in oncogenic activation that is associated with the pathogenesis of(More)
To study early responses to neural inducing signals from the organizer (Hensen's node), a differential screen was performed in primitive streak stage chick embryos, comparing cells that had or had not been exposed to a node graft for 5 hours. Three of the genes isolated have been implicated in Programmed Cell Death (PCD): Defender Against Cell Death (Dad1),(More)
During spinal cord development the proliferation, migration and survival of neural progenitors and precursors is tightly controlled, generating the fine spatial organisation of the cord. In order to understand better the control of these processes, we have examined the function of an orphan receptor protein tyrosine phosphatase (RPTP) PTPγ, in the(More)
hindgut), but overall it was significantly shorter compared with controls. In talpid3 gut, although neural crest-derived ENS precursors (shown with HNK-1 immunohistochemistry) and TuJ1-positive enteric neurons were distributed along the length of the gut, similar to controls, there were dramatic differences in their patterning across the gut wall. Also, the(More)
A series of subtype selective sphingosine 1-phosphate receptor 1 (S1P(1)) antagonists are disclosed. Our high-throughput screening campaign revealed hit 1 for which an increase in potency and mouse oral exposure was achieved with minor modifications to the chemical scaffold. In vivo efficacy revealed that at high doses compounds 12 and 15 inhibited tumor(More)
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