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Spermatogenesis is a highly specialized process of cellular differentiation to produce spermatozoa. This differentiation process accompanies morphological changes that are controlled by a number of genes expressed in a stage-specific manner during spermatogenesis. Here we show that in mice, the absence of a testis-specific, cytoplasmic polyadenylate(More)
We recently demonstrated the renotropic activity in ovine LH isoform(s). In this study we purified porcine (p) LH isoforms and analyzed their structures and bioactivities. Purified pLH preparation (G-100 fraction 3) was dissociated into alpha- and beta-subunits, followed by isolation with reverse phase HPLC. Six components were isolated and analyzed for(More)
In this study, we introduce a novel research methodology, the evaluation of mRNA expression of cells contacting with polymeric materials using reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) analysis HL-60 was used as a model of the macrophages. The expression of interleukin-1 beta (IL-1 beta) mRNA, a cytokine secreted by macrophages, was selected(More)
Renotropic activity was previously demonstrated in an ovine LH preparation. This preparation was further purified with a series of chromatographic steps, and the fractions were assayed for renotropic activity in vivo by their ability to stimulate [3H]thymidine incorporation into renal DNA of castrated hypophysectomized male rats. A purified preparation(More)
The precursor of Bacillus subtilis alpha-amylase contains an NH2-terminal extension of 41 amino acid residues as the signal sequence. The E. coli beta-lactamase structural gene was fused with the DNA for the promoter and signal sequence regions. Activity of beta-lactamase was expressed and more than 95% of the activity was secreted into the culture medium.(More)
We previously demonstrated the renotropic activity of ovine and porcine LH, i.e. the stimulation of [3H]thymidine incorporation into the renal DNA of castrated hypophysectomized rats. We conducted this study to determine which condition is required to promote renotropic activity. We prepared homologous (oLH alpha.oLH beta, hCG alpha.hCG beta) and(More)
Lutrophin (LH) consists of an array of isoforms with different charges and bioactivities. This study was undertaken to clarify specifically how oligosaccharides of alpha and beta subunits contribute to LH isoform charges. Porcine LH (pLH) was separated into four isoforms by isoelectric focusing (IEF), followed by subunit isolation. Their oligosaccharides(More)
A cell clone, L-2, which produces non-infectious doughnut-shaped human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) particles, was permissive for HIV-1 superinfection, which resulted in the production of infectious particles. The superinfection showed slow kinetics compared with primary HIV-1 infection of M10 cells, the parent of the L-2 cell clone. Inhibition(More)
A CD4 peptide of amino acid residues 68-130 [CD4(68-130)], which had the capacities to inhibit HIV-1 replication and HIV-1-induced syncytium formation, was used as an immunogen for the preparation of mAb. The mAbs prepared were classified into at least five types (I-V) in terms of their recognition sites by ELISA using various kinds of smaller CD4 peptides.(More)
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