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BACKGROUND The 'RNA world' hypothesis requires that RNA be able to catalyze a wide variety of chemical reactions. In vitro selection from combinatorial RNA libraries has been used to identify several catalytic activities, most of which have resulted in a self-modification of RNA at one of its constituents. The formation of carbon-carbon bonds is considered(More)
Identification of signalling cascades involved in cardiomyogenesis is crucial for optimising the generation of cardiomyocytes from embryonic stem cells (ES cells) (in vitro). We used a transgenic ES cell lineage expressing enhanced green fluorescent protein (EGFP) under the control of the alpha-myosin heavy chain (alpha-MHC) promoter (palphaMHC-EGFP) to(More)
Modified guanosine monophosphates have been employed to introduce various functional groups onto RNA 5'-ends. Applications of modified RNA 5'-ends include the generation of functionalized RNA libraries for in vitro selection of catalytic RNAs, the attachment of photoaffinity-tags for mapping RNA-protein interactions or active sites in catalytic RNAs, or the(More)
Cell replacement therapy of severe degenerative diseases such as diabetes, myocardial infarction and Parkinson's disease through transplantation of somatic cells generated from embryonic stem (ES) cells is currently receiving considerable attention for the therapeutic applications. ES cells harvested from the inner cell mass (ICM) of the early embryo, can(More)
A transgenic murine embryonic stem (ES) cell lineage expressing enhanced green fluorescent protein (EGFP) under the control of alpha-myosine heavy chain (alpha-MHC) promoter (palpha-MHC-EGFP) was used to investigate the effects of (thio)urea and cinchona alkaloid derivatives on cardiomyogenesis. The screening of the compounds yielded cardiomyogenesis(More)
The role of the complement system in the initial membrane lesion of acute pancreatitis was investigated. In the experimental sodium-taurocholate pancreatitis of the rat a sudden and steady decline of serum complement was observed. The deposition of 03 component of complement in acute pancreatitis could he demonstrated by immunofluorescence. To rule out mere(More)
We give a detailed account on the enzymatic synthesis of RNA conjugates by T7 RNA polymerase using modified initiator nucleotides during transcription. Following two different routes, ternary conjugates of guanosine-5'-monophosphate, poly(ethylene glycol), and anthracene were synthesized via phosphoramidite intermediates and characterized by a variety of(More)
The catalytic asymmetric aza-Morita-Baylis-Hillman reaction using unactivated methyl acrylate is described. A simple Lewis acidic metal catalyst, such as La(OTf)(3), was not suitable for the reaction, but rare earth metal alkoxide/linked-BINOL complexes possessing bifunctional Lewis acid and Brønsted base properties efficiently promoted the reaction in(More)
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