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Cathepsin D, an aspartyl protease, plays a key role in the metabolic degradation of intracellular proteins in an acidic milieu of lysosomes. Proteolysis plays an essential role in anuran tail regression and a wide variety of thyroid hormone induced proteolytic enzymes have been reported to be involved in the regressing tail. The present study describes the(More)
Objective: Aim of the study was to investigate the effects of thyroxine on the pre metamorphic tadpoles of the common Asian toad, Duttaphrynus melanostictus (Anura: Bufonidae), an ideal model for understanding the role of thyroxine during vertebrate development. Methods: Tadpoles of two developmental stages, i.e., Gosner stege 30 and 34 was exposed to 50,(More)
Programmed cell death during anuran tail resorption is primarily brought about by apoptosis. Cathepsin D, a lysosomal aspartyl protease, is involved in the death of tail tissues. Thus, anuran tail resorption presents an ideal model to study cathepsin-mediated cell death during vertebrate development. Present study describes the trend of specific activity of(More)
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