Benne K. Stulp

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The human vasoactive plasma factor 100KF has been proposed to play a role in minimal change disease in relapse. Since preliminary data suggested similarity between 100KF and the human plasma glycoprotein hemopexin (Hx), this study was conducted to compare 100KF with purified Hx for sequence homology, immunostaining properties in Western and dot-blot assays,(More)
DNA hybridization experiments showed that there was a high degree of homology amongVitreoscilla strains but not with DNA fromFilibacter limicola. Flexibacter spp were much more heterogeneous indicating a low genetic similarity. These results were also reflected in the membrane fatty acids of the bacteria. TheVitreoscilla strains were very similar with the(More)
Lecithin:cholesteryl acyl transferase (LCAT), cholesteryl ester transfer protein (CETP), phospholipid transfer protein (PLTP), and lipoprotein lipases are involved in high density lipoprotein (HDL) metabolism. We evaluated the influence of insulin sensitivity and of the TaqIB CETP gene polymorphism (B1B2) on plasma LCAT, CETP, and PLTP activities (measured(More)
It is believed that induction of cytokine expression by bacterial cell wall components plays a role in the development and course of sepsis. However, most attention has been focused on lipopolysaccharide (LPS). We studied the ability of N-acetylglucosaminyl-1,6-anhydro-N-acetylmuramyl-L-alanyl-D- isoglutamyl-m-diaminopimelyl-D-alanine (G(Anh)MTetra), a(More)
By using a gene library of Bacillus caldolyticus constructed in phage lambda EMBL12 and selecting for proteolytically active phages on plates supplemented with 0.8% skim milk, chromosomal B. caldolyticus DNA fragments that specified proteolytic activity were obtained. Subcloning of one of these fragments in a protease-deficient Bacillus subtilis strain(More)
Autocatalytic degradation of purified Bacillus subtilis neutral proteinase was examined under various conditions. At elevated temperatures, under non-inhibitory conditions, mature protein was rapidly degraded, but no accumulation of specific breakdown products occurred. However, by incubating purified neutral proteinase on ice during extended periods of(More)
A purification procedure for neutral proteases from bacilli is described, in which bacitracin-silica was used as affinity medium. This enabled a one-step purification of the proteases directly from culture supernatant. Since neutral proteases are extremely sensitive towards autodigestion, conditions were chosen such, that autodigestion was largely(More)
The TaqIB cholesteryl ester transfer protein (CETP) gene polymorphism (B1B2) is a determinant of HDL cholesterol in nondiabetic populations. Remarkably, this gene effect appears to be modified by environmental factors. We evaluated the effect of this polymorphism on HDL cholesterol levels and on the lipoprotein response to a linoleic acid-enriched,(More)
Human rIL-7 was studied for its effects on myeloid and erythroid progenitors from human bone marrow cells. IL-7 did not support the granulocytic/monocytic or erythroid lineage but exclusively stimulated eosinophil colony formation (CFU-Eo) (4 +/- 3 vs 48 +/- 17 CFU-Eo/10(5) nonadherent fraction-non-T cell (NAF-NT) cells). This supportive effect was not(More)