Hilary C Robinson

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Fasciola hepatica infection has been shown to suppress sheep lymphocyte proliferation in vitro and this is at least partially attributable to excretory/secretory products (ES) released by F. hepatica parasites. We identified a suppressive component in ES by analysing the effect of ES fractions, separated by gel filtration, on the proliferation of sheep T(More)
Glutathione (GSH), a major biological antioxidant, maintains redox balance in prokaryotes and eukaryotic cells and forms exportable conjugates with compounds of pharmacological and agronomic importance. However, no GSH transporter has been characterized in a prokaryote. We show here that a heterodimeric ATP-binding cassette-type transporter, CydDC, mediates(More)
A mucin preparation from a colonic adenocarcinoma was used to prepare monoclonal antibodies (MAbs) that reacted specifically either with normal adult small-intestine mucin antigen(s) (SIMA), or normal adult large-intestine mucin antigen(s) (LIMA). Both SIMA and LIMA show a unique oncofetal pattern of expression. Thus SIMA was expressed in early fetal(More)
Rabbit peritoneal polymorphonuclear neutrophils (PMN), incubated in medium containing [35S]sulphate, incorporated 35S into proteoglycan and protein fractions. Approximately 46% of the 35S-labelled macromolecules associated with the PMN cells after 1 h of incubation were recovered in a cytoplasmic granule extract, the majority being present in azurophil(More)
Proteoglycan synthesis by slices of adult bovine articular cartilage is stimulated two-to threefold when tissue is cultured in the presence of fetal calf serum for 5-6 days. After this, essentially steady-state conditions are achieved for up to 14 days in which the high synthetic rates are maintained and the amount of proteoglycan in the tissue remains(More)
Bovine aggrecan was digested with bovine cathepsin D at pH 5.2 under conditions of partial digestion and the resulting aggrecan core protein fragments were separated by electrophoresis on gradient polyacrylamide gels. The fragments were characterized by their reactivity to specific antibodies and by N-terminal amino acid sequencing. It was also demonstrated(More)
The addition of hyaluronan to the culture medium of explant cultures of articular cartilage was shown to suppress the synthesis of hyaluronan and aggrecan, the major proteoglycan present in cartilage, and resulted in a greater proportion of the newly synthesized aggrecan and hyaluronan appearing in the culture medium. This effect of exogenous hyaluronan on(More)
Hyaluronan was shown to have the same turnover time as aggrecan in explant cultures of adult bovine articular cartilage. Inclusion of fetal calf serum in the culture medium resulted in a similar decrease in the rate of catabolism of both hyaluronan and proteoglycan. Less than 9% of the hyaluronan lost from the explants in the course of the experiment was(More)
With the use of purified chondroitinase of Proteus vulgaris, a method has been devised for the determination of relative amounts of chondroitin, chondroitin-4-SO*, and chondroitin6-SO4 in cartilage. This method was applied to the analysis of embryonic chick epiphyseal cartilage. With 35S04 and ‘*C-acetate it was possible to study the relationship of embryo(More)