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Catecholestrogens are postulated to contribute to carcinogenesis by causing DNA damage mediated by reactive oxygen species generated during redox cycling between catechol and quinone estrogens, and by quinone estrogens that can form depurinating adducts. The above hypothesis is based principally on studies of the cancers that develop in renal cortex of(More)
A particulate preparation was obtained by low speed centrifugation of guinea pig cerebral cortical homogenates prepared with a Krebs-Henseleit buffer. Light microscopic examination, using a reflected light differential interference contrast system, reveals the presence of intact neurons, axonal fragments, glial cells, and erythrocytes along with an(More)
Catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT)(EC 2.1.1.6) was localized using fluorescence immunohistochemistry in rat liver and kidney and in rat, chinchilla, and bovine brains. In the brain, specific fluorescence was visable only in non-neuronal cellular elements in all three species. Ventricular ependymal cells and cells of the choroid plexuses exhibited the(More)
Catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT) was visualized in homogenates and subcellular fractions of rat tissues, including liver and brain, by gel electrophoresis, electrophoretic transfer of proteins to nitrocellulose (Western blotting), and immune fixation with antiserum to highly purified soluble rat liver COMT. Sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel(More)
Catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT) activity in the liver and kidneys of adult Fischer-344 (F-344) rats is only half of that in the same organs of Wistar-Furth (W-F) rats. The trait of low COMT activity in these animals is inherited in an autosomal recessive fashion. A comprehensive study of patterns of change in COMT activity during growth and development(More)
Norepinephrine, histamine, adenosine, glutamate, and depolarizing agents elicit accumulations of radioactive cyclic AMP from adenine-labeled nucleotides in particulate fractions from Krebs-Ringer homogenates of guinea pig cerebral cortex. The particulate fractions contain sac-like entities, which apparently are associated with a significant portion of the(More)
The sodium channel-specific agent batrachotoxin (BTX) has been shown to induce a time- and concentration-dependent depolarization of a vesicular preparation from guinea pig cerebral cortex. The K0.5 for depolarization by BTX was 0.011 microM at 30 min. Membrane potential was determined by the equilibrium distribution of [3H]triphenylmethylphosphonium ion. A(More)