Kamal G. Bitar

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We have identified pituitary adenylate cyclase activating peptide (PACAP) receptors on small cell lung cancer cell line NCI-N417 in a previous study. In this study, the role of PACAP in the growth and signal transduction of non-small cell lung cancer cells was investigated. Northern blot analysis with a full-length human PACAP receptor cDNA probe revealed a(More)
An estrogen-regulated cytoplasmic protein has been purified from MCF-7 human breast cancer cells with anion exchange and monoclonal antibody affinity chromatographies. The purified protein has a monomeric mol wt of 28,000 and isoelectric species with pI's between 5.9 and 6.0. Amino acid analysis indicates the protein is acidic, is probably hydrophilic, and(More)
The purification and some physical properties of histidinol dehydrogenase, L-histidinol-nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide oxido-reductase (EC 1.1.1.23) from either Salmonella typhimurium or Escherichia coli are reported in this paper. Modification of histidinol dehydrogenase with one equivalent of N-(4-dimethylamino-3,5-dinitrophenyl)maleimide at pH 6.8(More)
Responses to synthetic human adrenomedullin, a novel hypotensive peptide localized in several organ systems, including the lung, and the carboxy terminal 15-52 amino acid fragment of adrenomedullin (ADM15-52) were investigated in the pulmonary vascular bed of the intact-chest cat. Under constant flow conditions when baseline tone in the pulmonary vascular(More)
Responses to synthetic human adrenomedullin, a novel hypotensive peptide isolated from human pheochromocytoma cells, and the carboxy terminal 15-52 amino acid fragment of adrenomedullin (ADM15-52) were investigated in the hindlimb vascular bed of the cat under constant flow conditions. Intraarterial injections of the peptides in doses of 0.01-0.3 nmol(More)
Binding of [125I]PACAP-38 to rat liver membranes was investigated. It was rapid at 37 degrees C, reversible, and saturable, and it was time, concentration, and temperature dependent. Scatchard plots showed that [125I]PACAP-38 bound to single noninteracting site(s), and [125I]VIP bound to high- and low-affinity binding site(s). The order of potency of(More)
1. The complete amino acid sequence of cytochrome c from the basidiomycete Ustilago sphaerogena was determined from the amino acid compositions and sequences of either tryptic or chymotryptic peptides, and in homology with at least thirty other established sequences of cytochrome c. 2. The primary structure of the molecule bears all of the characteristics(More)
The substance P(SP)/bombesin (Bn) antagonists [DArg1DTrp7,9Leu11] SP(P-7482), [DArg1-DPro2DTrp7,9Leu11]SP (P-7483), [DArg1DPhe5DTrp7,9Leu11]SP(P-7492), and the growth hormone releasing hormone (GHRH) antagonist [DArg2Ala8,9,15]GHRH(1-29)(DC21-366) were tested for their in vitro effects on the release of growth hormone (GH) in the presence of GHRH and growth(More)