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A new real-time PCR assay was developed and validated in combination with an immunomagnetic separation system for the quantitative determination of Legionella pneumophila in water samples. Primers that amplify simultaneously an 80-bp fragment of the dotA gene from L. pneumophila and a recombinant fragment including a specific sequence of the gyrB gene from(More)
Fusion proteins made of green fluorescent protein coupled to SNAP-25 or synaptobrevin were overexpressed in bovine chromaffin cells in order to study the role of critical protein domains in exocytosis. Point mutations in the C-terminal domain of SNAP-25 (K201E and L203E) produced a marked inhibition of secretion, whereas single (Q174K, Q53K) and double(More)
The beta4 subunit is a component of the neuronal nicotinic acetylcholine receptors which control catecholamine secretion in bovine adrenomedullary chromaffin cells. The promoter of the gene coding for this subunit was characterized. A proximal region (from minus sign99 to minus sign64) was responsible for the transcriptional activity observed in chromaffin,(More)
alpha-Bungarotoxin-sensitive neuronal nicotinic acetylcholine receptors from bovine adrenomedullary chromaffin cells are up-regulated by long-term exposure to phorbol esters. The rise in receptor density is paralleled by an increase in transcripts corresponding to the alpha7 subunit, which is a component of this receptor subtype. Transcriptional activation(More)
The alpha7 subunit is a component of alpha-bungarotoxin-sensitive nicotinic acetylcholine receptors expressed in bovine adrenomedullary chromaffin cells. The proximal promoter of the gene coding for this subunit contains several GC-boxes and one E-box. Deletion analysis and transient transfections showed that a 120-base pair region (-77 to +43) including(More)
The alpha7 subunit is a component of nicotinic acetylcholine receptors expressed in bovine chromaffin cells. The peculiar localization of these receptors at adrenomedullary areas adjacent to the adrenal cortex suggests that factors, probably glucocorticoids, arising from the cortex might diffuse and regulate alpha7 receptor expression. In reporter gene(More)
The alpha5 subunit is a component of the neuronal nicotinic acetylcholine receptors, which are probably involved in the activation step of the catecholamine secretion process in bovine adrenomedullary chromaffin cells. The promoter of the gene coding for this subunit was isolated, and its proximal region was characterized, revealing several GC boxes located(More)
The acetylcholine receptor alpha5 and alpha7 subunits are components of different nicotinic receptor subtypes expressed in the nervous system. However, they are also present in non-neuronal tissues. We have detected alpha5 and alpha7 transcripts in mouse C2C12 muscle cells. Moreover, on differentiation of myoblasts into myotubes, the amount of alpha7(More)
Adrenomedullary chromaffin cells express at least two subtypes of acetylcholine nicotinic receptors, which differ in their sensitivity to the snake toxin alpha-bungarotoxin. One subtype is involved in the activation step of the catecholamine secretion process and is not blocked by the toxin. The other is alpha-bungarotoxin-sensitive, and its functional role(More)
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