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The pentacyclic hopanoids, a class of eubacterial lipids, are synthesized by squalene-hopene cyclase and side chain-elongating enzymes. With the aid of DNA probes based on the amino-terminal sequence of purified squalene-hopene cyclase from Bacillus acidocaldarius, clones of Escherichia coli that express this enzyme in the cytoplasmic membrane were(More)
Monoclonal antibodies made against human sperm cells have been characterized with regard to binding patterns and molecular coordinates of the recognized antigens. Antibodies T5 and T6 gave uniform binding to the acrosomal cap in an intact cell, and decreased to equatorial segment binding in an 'acrosome-reacted' cell. Monoclonal antibody T15 gave the(More)
This report is an analysis of 16 cycles in 15 patients stimulated with human menopausal gonadotropin and clomiphene citrate for the purpose of follicular recruitment in an in vitro fertilization program, all of which resulted in endogenous luteinizing hormone (LH) surges. A study of the pattern of estradiol (E2) response to stimulation revealed two groups(More)
UNLABELLED The aim of the present study was to investigate the variability of hepatitis C virus (HCV) CD81 binding regions (CD81-1/2) in peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC)-derived and serum-derived HCV-RNA samples. HCV-RNA was isolated from PBMC (10⁴ cells) and serum samples from 37 patients chronically infected with HCV genotype 1a/1b (n=21/16). The(More)
Human parathyroid hormone (hPTH) has been bacterially expressed in bioreactors as cro-beta-galactosidase-hPTH fusion protein. We have developed a large-scale purification scheme that exploits the pH-dependent differential solubility of hPTH and a two-step chromatographic procedure. We demonstrate that in a number of assay systems, the recombinant material(More)
A retrospective evaluation was done of 102 consecutive in in vitro fertilization-embryo transfer (IVF-ET) treatment cycles that culminated in surgical intervention for oocyte pickup. In 35% of these patients, a disparity was noted in the number of mature follicles present on the day of human chorionic gonadotropin administration, compared with the day of(More)
Natural (-)-boscialin [(-)-1] has recently been described as one of the constituents of various medicinal plants. To obtain more material for investigations of its biological activities, we carried out the synthesis of (-)-1 and its isomers. Starting from the chiral building block 2, the key steps of the synthesis involved a regioselective reduction and a(More)
INTRODUCTION Interferon alpha (IFN) down regulates CD81 expression on peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) in patients with chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection. Aim of our study was to investigate whether amantadine alters IFN associated down regulation of CD81 expression on PBMC in patients with chronic hepatitis C. METHODS Nineteen patients(More)