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The Mycobacterium tuberculosis Ser/Thr kinase PknB has been implicated in the regulation of cell growth and morphology in this organism. The extracytoplasmic domain of this membrane protein comprises four penicillin binding protein and Ser/Thr kinase associated (PASTA) domains, which are predicted to bind stem peptides of peptidoglycan. Using a(More)
The peptidergic melanin-concentrating hormone (MCH) system was investigated by immunocytochemistry in several birds. MCH perikarya were found in the periventricular hypothalamic nucleus near the paraventricular organ and in the lateral hypothalamic areas. Immunoreactive fibers were very abundant in the ventral pallidum, in the nucleus of the stria(More)
Neurons synthesizing melanin-concentrating hormone (MCH) are described in the posterior hypothalamus of all vertebrates investigated so far. However, their anatomy is very different according to species: they are small and periventricular in lampreys, cartilaginous fishes or anurans, large and neuroendocrine in bony fishes, or distributed over large regions(More)
In the central nervous systems of several species belonging to different vertebrate classes, immunocytochemical stainings with an antiserum to ovine CRF 41 show multiple location of CRF perikarya and various areas containing CRF fibres and terminals. These stainings reflect species and interspecies functional adaptations of the CRF neurones which constitute(More)
Melanin-concentrating hormone (MCH)-like producing neurons were mapped in the brains of several reptiles using antisera (AS) prepared against salmon MCH (sMCH) and peptides derived from the rat MCH precursor (rMCH, NGE, NEI) or cross-reacting with these peptides (anti-GRF37 and anti-alpha-MSH). MCH neurons were detected in the periventricular and lateral(More)
An antiserum raised against the FMRFamide peptide revealed a highly developed peripheral nervous system in the mollusc Helix aspersa. Immunoreactive fibres associated with muscular fibres are observed in all organs. Cell bodies are frequently seen, for example in the digestive and genital tracts. The antiserum also revealed associations between(More)
In the Gastropod Mollusc Helix pomatia (Pulmonata: Stylommatophora), an antiserum raised against ovine CRF 41 reveals a neuropeptide in some primary sensory neurons distributed beneath the epithelium of the higher tentacles (optic) and the lower tentacles. The collar cells and the lateral cells of both kinds of tentacles are innervated by some CRF(More)
Immunocytochemical methods using an antiserum raised against ovine corticoliberin revealed perikarya and processes in the central and peripheral nervous system of the Pulmonate Gastropod Helix pomatia. The coexistence of immunoreactive nerve fibres and primary sensory neurons in the intestinal wall and in the tentacles appeared particularly significant. The(More)