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Cerebral spinal fluid (CSF) Aβ42, tau and p181tau are widely accepted biomarkers of Alzheimer's disease (AD). Numerous studies show that CSF tau and p181tau levels are elevated in mild-to-moderate AD compared to age-matched controls. In addition, these increases might predict preclinical AD in cognitively normal elderly. Despite their importance as(More)
The venom of the funnel-web spider Agelenopsis aperta contains several peptides that paralyze prey by blocking voltage-sensitive calcium channels. Two peptides, omega-Aga-IVB (IVB) and omega-Aga-IVC (IVC), have identical amino acid sequences, yet have opposite absolute configurations at serine 46. These toxins had similar selectivities for blocking(More)
Several proteins expressed in Escherichia coli with the N-terminus Gly-Ser-Ser-[His]6- consisted partly (up to 20%) of material with 178 Da of excess mass, sometimes accompanied by a smaller fraction with an excess 258 Da. The preponderance of unmodified material excluded mutation, and the extra masses were attributed to posttranslational modifications. As(More)
Cholesteryl ester transfer protein (CETP) is an important modulator of high density lipoprotein cholesterol in humans and thus considered to be a therapeutic target for preventing cardiovascular disease. The gene encoding CETP has been shown to be highly variable, with multiple single nucleotide polymorphisms responsible for altering both its transcription(More)
Mouse peritoneal macrophages stimulated with LPS produce large amounts of pro-IL-1 beta. When these cells were pulse-labeled with [35S]methionine, however, little labeled cytokine appeared in the medium after a chase, and that which was externalized was not processed to its mature biologically active form. In an effort to promote proteolytic maturation of(More)
OATP2B1 is an important member of the organic anion transporting polypeptides (OATP) family and is implicated in the intestinal and hepatic disposition of endo- and xenobiotics. The purpose of this work was to produce a highly purified protein for use as a reference standard for quantification of OATP2B1 in human tissue and in vitro assay systems. Here, we(More)
Luciferase (EC from the North American firefly, Photinus pyralis, is widely used as a reporter enzyme in cell biology. One of its distinctive properties is a pronounced susceptibility to proteolytic degradation that causes luciferase to have a very short intracellular half-life. To define the structural basis for this behavior and possibly(More)
Limited proteolysis is an important and widely used method for analyzing the tertiary structure and determining the domain boundaries of proteins. Here we describe a novel method for determining the N- and C-terminal boundary amino acid sequences of products derived from limited proteolysis using semi-specific and/or non-specific enzymes, with mass(More)
Alanine dehydrogenase (AlaDH: EC, malate dehydrogenase (MDH: EC, and glutamate dehydrogenase (EC, all NAD+ dependent, were detected in extracts from a psychrophilic bacterium, strain PA-43, isolated from a sea urchin off the Icelandic coast. Characterization tests suggested that the strain had a close relationship to Vibrio, but(More)