Claudia Lützelschwab

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Using a recently developed PCR-based strategy, a cDNA encoding a novel mouse mast cell (MC) serine protease (MMCP-8) was isolated and characterized. The MMCP-8 mRNA contains an open reading frame of 247 amino acids (aa), divided into a signal sequence of 18 aa followed by a 2-aa activation peptide (Gly-Glu) and a mature protease of 227 aa. The mature(More)
Two of the major rat mast cell proteases, rat mast cell protease 1 (RMCP-1) and RMCP-2, have for many years served as important phenotypic markers for studies of various aspects of mast cell (MC) biology. However, except for these proteases only fragmentary information has been available on the structure and complexity of proteases expressed by different(More)
To study the kinetics and the phenotype of the mast cells (MC) arising during infection with the nematode Nippostrongylus brasiliensis, monospecific cDNA probes for nine different MC proteases were used in a Northern blot analysis of RNA from the small intestine of infected rats. The expression was analyzed at four individual time points during infection,(More)
 Serine proteases are the most abundant granule constituents of several major hematopoietic cell lineages. Due to their high abundance and their strict tissue specificity they have become important phenotypic cell markers used for studies of various aspects of hematopietic cell development. Using a polymerase chain reaction (PCR)-based strategy for the(More)
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