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The growth and differentiation of the epithelium in many tissues is mediated by interactions with the adjacent mesenchyme, but the mechanisms responsible remain undefined. To identify the factors involved in the growth and branching morphogenesis of ureteric bud, which is the collecting duct anlagen, buds from 13-gestation-day rat embryos were separated(More)
Autoantibodies with heterogeneous specificities for contractile elements of striated muscle are found in 80 to 90% of patients who have myasthenia gravis (MG) with thymoma. The stimulus for production of these paraneoplastic striational autoantibodies (StrAb) is unknown. One approach to understanding their association with MG and thymoma is to define the(More)
Differentiation of metanephrogenic mesenchyme to renal tubular epithelium requires induction by the ureteric bud in vivo or any of several embryonic tissues in vitro. In an effort to eliminate the tissue requirement in embryonic induction, extracellular matrices and soluble factors were analyzed individually or in combination for their ability to stimulate(More)
Striational autoantibodies (StrAb), which react with elements of skeletal muscle cross-striations, occur frequently in patients with thymoma associated with myasthenia gravis (MG). Dissociated thymic lymphocytes from 22 of 72 MG patients secreted StrAb when cultured with PWM. A high yield of EBV-transformed B cell lines was established from thymus, thymoma,(More)
We previously reported that activation of muscarinic acetylcholine receptors (mAChR) of M3 subtype causes hydrolysis of phosphoinositides and inhibits voltage-gated Ca2+ channel activity in small cell lung carcinoma (SCLC) cells. We now report that mAChR activation causes exponentially growing SCLC cells to arrest in S and G2/M phases of the cell cycle,(More)
We present the first evidence that adhesion mediated by a member of the cadherin gene family can be regulated by a G protein-coupled receptor. We show that activating the M3 muscarinic acetylcholine receptor (mAChR) rapidly induces E-cadherin-mediated adhesion in a small cell lung carcinoma (SCLC) cell line. This response is inhibited by E-cadherin(More)
We report the nucleotide sequence of 30 distinct human VH gene segments from the VHIV, VHV and VHVI gene families. When these sequences were compared to previously published sequences from these smaller human VH families a surprisingly low level of polymorphism was noted. Two VHIV gene segments from unrelated individuals were identical to two previously(More)
Striational autoantibodies (StrAb) are a useful serologic marker of thymoma in patients with myasthenia gravis (MG). We compared a standard immunofluorescence method with a new enzyme immunoassay (EIA) for detection of StrAb. Retrospective testing of 264 stored sera by the two methods yielded well-correlated results (58 sera were positive by both assays; r(More)