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Ciliary neurotrophic factor (CNTF) is one of a small number of proteins with neurotrophic activities distinct from nerve growth factor (NGF). CNTF has now been purified and cloned and the primary structure of CNTF from rabbit sciatic nerve has been determined. Biologically active CNTF has been transiently expressed from a rabbit complementary DNA clone.(More)
Interleukin-1 is a proinflammatory cytokine produced in glomerulonephritis. Blocking the action of interleukin-1 by the administration of the interleukin-1 receptor antagonist (IL-1ra) has been shown to prevent renal function impairment, reduce glomerular injury, inhibit leukocyte infiltration, and suppress tubulointerstitial damage in experimental(More)
Changes induced by hydrochloric acid in the excitation spectrum of catecholamine fluorophores associated with the innervation of the canine renal vasculature show that there are neuronal elements at the glomerular vascular poles containing predominantly dopamine. In contrast, the catecholamine fluorescence in the periadventitial layer of the arcuate(More)
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