C P de Vries

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GH exerts its biological actions on osteoblasts through a specific high affinity receptor expressed on these cells. GH receptor binding is positively modulated by a number of factors, including retinoic acid and dexamethasone, whereas fetal calf serum strongly decreases the binding. To identify responsible factors in serum, components of serum, the(More)
Gonadal dysfunction in men with chronic renal failure is well established. However, the effect of haemodialysis on the function of the testis has not been studied in detail, so we have investigated the effect of haemodialysis by measuring the plasma levels of testosterone and dihydrotestosterone, SHBG binding capacity and salivary levels of testosterone.(More)
Dexamethasone (DEX) is known to exert major effects on functions of osteoblast-like cells. We investigated its action on the regulation of GH receptors in the osteoblast-like osteosarcoma cells UMR-106.01. DEX stimulated [125I]human GH (hGH) binding to UMR-106.01 cells. This effect was dose dependent and significant in a concentration range of 10(-8)-10(-6)(More)
Growth hormone (GH) exerts direct differentiative and proliferative effects on osteoblasts. We studied 125I-labeled human (h) GH binding to primary mouse osteoblasts derived from collagenase-treated 18-day fetal mouse calvaria. Scatchard analysis of the data revealed a single class of high affinity GH receptors (apparent Ka = 5.74 x 10(9) M-1) with 2200(More)
Hydroxyurea (HU) induces HbF production and can reduce painful crises in some patients with sickle cell anemia (SS). However, HbF induction alone cannot explain the beneficial effect of HU treatment as some patients experience clinical improvement while showing only minor increases in HbF. Other actions of HU, in particular its effects on vascular(More)
The involvement of serotonin in the regulation of intestinal mastocytopoiesis and inflammation has been investigated in mice infected with Trichinella spiralis. Two serotonin antagonists, methysergide and ketanserin, were examined for their ability to interfere with jejunal pathology comprising the influx of mucosal mast cells and other inflammatory cells(More)
Supermassive black holes in the nuclei of active galaxies expel large amounts of matter through powerful winds of ionized gas. The archetypal active galaxy NGC 5548 has been studied for decades, and high-resolution x-ray and ultraviolet (UV) observations have previously shown a persistent ionized outflow. An observing campaign in 2013 with six space(More)