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A progressive rise of oxidative stress due to the altered redox homeostasis appears to be one of the hallmarks of the aging process. Reactive oxygen species (ROS) also serve as signaling agents for inflammation, a systemic defensive reaction against microbial pathogens and other foreign bodies. Changes in the pattern of gene expression through ROS-sensitive(More)
The hepatic tissue of the male rat exhibits a gradual decline and ultimate loss in androgen responsiveness during in vivo aging. Appearance of the age-associated androgen insensitivity can be delayed by dietary calorie restriction, an effective means for life-span extension. The androgen receptor mRNA is detectable in the liver only in its(More)
Heme, the iron-porphyrin coordination complex, released from the degradation of hemoproteins, is a strong prooxidant. It is enzymatically degraded by heme oxygenase to free iron, carbon monoxide and biliverdin. Biliverdin and its reduced metabolite bilirubin are two potent physiological antioxidants. Here we show a progressive increase of steady-state(More)
Exchange of genetic materials by two individual members of the same species is considered to be the origin of primitive sex. During evolution, this primitive form of molecular sex has been transformed into a complex biological function involving specialized sexual structures and multiple hormonal interactions. Development and maintenance of these(More)
Iron-Sulfur (Fe-S) proteins are involved in many biological functions such as electron transport, photosynthesis, regulation of gene expression and enzymatic activities. Biosynthesis and transfer of Fe-S clusters depend on Fe-S clusters assembly processes such as ISC, SUF, NIF, and CIA systems. Unlike other eukaryotes which possess ISC and CIA systems,(More)
To facilitate the characterization of nerve growth factor (NGF) receptor and mutated forms of the receptor, we have set up a rapid, efficient transient expression system utilizing COS cells. The human NGF receptor is a 427 amino acid protein with a hydrophobic signal sequence, a 222 amino acid extracellular domain, a single transmembrane domain and a 155(More)
In earlier studies, a 75,000-dalton glycoprotein (gp75) has been identified as a component of both low- and high-affinity nerve growth factor (NGF) receptors (NGFRs). Using an amphoteric expression vector, we have introduced the cDNA encoding the human gp75 into two neuroblastoma cell lines. SHEP is a human neuroblastoma cell line that lacks most neuronal(More)
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