John F. Wheldrake

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Kangaroo IGF-II has been purified from western grey kangaroo (Macropus fuliginosus) serum and characterised in a number of in vitro assays. In addition, the complete cDNA sequence of mature IGF-II has been obtained by reverse-transcription polymerase chain reaction. Comparison of the kangaroo IGF-II cDNA sequence with known IGF-II sequences from other(More)
The cellular slime mould Polysphondylium violaceum contains a cAMP-dependent protein kinase resembling the mammalian type I enzyme. The appearance of this enzyme is developmentally regulated. The level of kinase activity is very low in vegetative cell and increases more than tenfold during differentiation. The catalytic subunit of this cAMP-dependent(More)
The utilization of [35S]sulphate by bacterially grown amoebae of Dictyostelium discoideum strain NP73 was examined in this study. During vegetative growth the sulphation of at least ten macromolecules was observed. These macromolecules had molecular masses less than 66 kDa and isoelectric points below 5. Simple tests indicated that the sulphate linkage was(More)
The mammalian cation-independent mannose 6-phosphate receptor (CI-MPR) binds mannose 6-phosphate-bearing glycoproteins and insulin-like growth factor (IGF)-II. However, the CI-MPR from the opossum has been reported to bind bovine IGF-II with low affinity (Dahms, N. M., Brzycki-Wessell, M. A., Ramanujam, K. S., and Seetharam, B. (1993) Endocrinology 133,(More)
Estimating the mutation rate from a Luria-Delbrück fluctuation experiment involves estimating the Poisson parameter in a compound Poisson distribution. The efficiency with which this can be estimated depends on how well the other random factors have been characterized. The assumption that cell growth can be represented as a stochastic pure birth or Yule(More)
The enzyme glutamine synthetase (GS) of Dictyostelium discoideum is developmentally regulated, preferentially localized in prespore cells and is likely to play an important role in controlling the levels of ammonia, a known morphogen, in this organism. To further investigate the regulation of GS, a portion of the GS gene was isolated and used as a probe to(More)
In extracts from vegetative Dictyostelium discoideum V12 the basal NAD-dependent glutamate dehydrogenase (NAD-GDH) activity was low, but it increased on standing at 4 degrees C. When 0.1 mM-AMP was included in the assay mix, enzyme activity was stimulated nearly 30-fold. As the extract was allowed to age, the enzyme rapidly lost its ability to be stimulated(More)