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Polypeptide growth factors, including epidermal growth factor (EGF), play a central role in regulating hepatocyte growth both in vivo and in primary culture. To characterize EGF gene expression in the pathogenesis of regenerative cirrhotic fibrosis, we employed biotinylated antisense oligonucleotide probes to localize hepatic mRNA transcripts in situ. In(More)
The carbapenemase gene (cfiA) was detected in 4 (5.7%) of 70 clinical isolates of Bacteroides fragilis from different parts of Hungary. Among 24 other Bacteroides species isolated from infectious processes or from normal faecal flora, none was cfiA-positive. The MIC of imipenem and meropenem for all cfiA-positive B. fragilis isolates was < or =0.25 mg/L,(More)
In the present study, 16 women with recurrent vulvovaginal candidiasis (RVVC) due to Candida albicans and Candida (Torulopsis) glabrata were followed for a period of 4 to 12 months, and 36 vaginal isolates were evaluated by pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE). Eleven women were infected by C. albicans and 5 by C. glabrata. Three electrophoretic(More)
The liver exhibits a remarkable capacity to regenerate its mass following partial removal or after injury. Transmembrane receptors for epidermal growth factor (EGF) are highly expressed in liver cells, which quickly respond to this polypeptide mitogen by activating an intrinsically low rate of cell division. Although EGF appears to regulate liver growth,(More)
Upon fertilization, sea urchin eggs (Stronglyocentrotus pupuratus) release a protease into the surrounding sea water. This protease is in a particulate form which can be solubilized. The soluble form was purified by affinity chromatography on columns of immobilized soybean trypsin inhibitor. The purified enzyme is similar to bovine trypsin both in molecular(More)
Research on mycorrhizas in Romania started some 60 years ago, first in forestry, then in agriculture and finally in horticulture. The main studies have covered the following topics: (i) The mycorrhizal symbiosis; (ii) Ectomycorrhizas in natural forest ecosystems; (iii) Mycorrhizas in agriculture and forestry; (iv) Field methods, e.g., the development and(More)
Epidermal growth factor (EGF) regulates cell growth and differentiation through intracellular transduction networks activated by its tyrosine kinase receptor, EGFR. In this report we describe the structure and DNA sequence of transcriptional control regions from both human and Wistar-rat single copy EGF genes and their functional analysis in epithelial cell(More)
A subset of DNA sequences in the 5'-flanking DNA of the human growth hormone (hGH) gene was examined by protein-DNA binding and gene transfer-expression experiments. Two adjacent cis-acting elements (I and II) were identified between nucleotides -308/-235 of the hGH gene that modulated the expression of a linked reporter gene in transfected HeLa cells.(More)