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Covalent binding of C3 fragments to U937 cell membranes involved a cell surface-associated proteolytic activity. Two proteases able to cleave C3 were purified from U937 plasma membranes. Purification involved solubilization of the membranes and ion exchange chromatography. One of the purified proteases was identified as elastase, based upon a substrate(More)
A novel method is described for the formation and purification of covalent complexes between the complement component C3b and an antigen (tetanus toxin, TT), using purified proteins in fluid phase. C3b is generated in situ by tryptic cleavage of C3 after co-precipitation of C3 and TT in the presence of polyethylene glycol. Various parameters were analysed(More)
Secretion of complement component C3 by U937 cells was studied. Preliminary evidence for a cell-associated proteolytic activity specific for C3 is given, as well as for a covalent-like binding of C3 fragments to the cell membranes. Secretion of C3, in the presence of 10 ng of phorbol 12-myristate 13-acetate/ml, is 120-140 ng/10(6) cells per 24 h on the(More)
Human promonocytic U937 cells have previously been shown to possess at their cell surface specific transmembrane serine proteases and N-terminal amino acid proteases as well as associated enzymes including elastase and cathepsin G. In this study, purified plasma membranes from U937 cells are reported to degrade the recombinant 21-kDa 125I-interleukin-6(More)
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