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A procedure is described for the isolation of sub-cellular fractions from bloodstream forms of Trypanosoma brucei. The method leaves intact most of the nuclei, mitochondria and microbodies. All the fractions have been chemically characterized and tested for 10 enzymatic markers. About 5% of total cell protein was isolated as a microsomal fraction containing(More)
A sensitive and specific method is proposed to follow bone collagen degradation. The procedure consists of the measurement of galactosyl hydroxylysine (GH) in urine by HPLC. The aim of the work is to assess the predictive values of the method for the identification of post-menopausal osteoporotic women. By assuming the value of 12 mumol/g creatinine as the(More)
Galactosyl-hydroxylysine, a specific bone collagen marker, has been prepared directly from human urine samples by high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) on a preparative column. The compound is the didansyl derivative, as proved by HPLC and mass spectrometry under fast atom bombardment conditions. Since this compound is not commercially available,(More)
Sinefungin, a naturally occurring antifungal antibiotic nucleoside containing an ornithine residue, linked by a C-C bond to C-5' of adenosine, cures mice infected with Trypanosoma brucei brucei, T. congolense, or T. vivax; the effect of the drug is more pronounced towards T. congolense. Anti-trypanosomal activity of sinefungin could be the result of the(More)
A new mathematical model for the study of bone turnover in growing rats was developed. The model predicts a linear relationship between bone mineral content (BMC) and biochemical markers (BMK) of bone turnover assuming that rats are growing, bone turnover is profoundly affected by skeletal maturation, and resorption and formation are physiologically(More)
Highly enriched Golgi complex and endoplasmic reticulum fractions were isolated from total microsomes obtained from Trypanosoma brucei, Trypanosoma congolense, and Trypanosoma vivax, and tested for glycosyltransferase activity. Purity of the fractions was assessed by electron microscopy as well as by biochemical analysis. The relative distribution of all(More)