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Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) have been isolated from a variety of tissues, such as bone marrow, skeletal muscle, dental pulp, bone, umbilical cord and adipose tissue. MSCs are used in regenerative medicine mainly based on their capacity to differentiate into specific cell types and also as bioreactors of soluble factors that will promote tissue(More)
A potential consequence of systemic administration of viral vectors is the inadvertent introduction of foreign DNA into recipient germ cells. To evaluate the safety of in vivo recombinant adeno-associated virus (rAAV) mediated gene transfer approaches for hemophilia B, we explored the risk of germline transmission of vector sequences following intramuscular(More)
Two different estrogen receptors (ER-alpha and ER-beta) have been described, which are differentially involved in regulating the normal function of reproductive tissues. ER-alpha was considered for a long time to be the only estrogen receptor, and it has been detected in the stromal cells of the human prostate but not in the epithelium. To obtain new(More)
In a wide variety of animal species, oocyte maturation is arrested temporarily at prophase of meiosis I (ref. 1). Resumption of meiosis requires activation of cyclin-dependent kinase-1 (CDK1, p34cdc2), one component of maturation-promoting factor (MPF). The dual specificity phosphatases Cdc25a, Cdc25b and Cdc25c are activators of cyclin-dependent kinases;(More)
A quantitative immunohistochemical study using light and electron microscopy was carried out to evaluate the morphological and quantitative distribution of the peritubular cells that immunoreact with actin, vimentin and desmin, alone or in combinations, in normal adult testes and the changes in these cells in elderly men. Seminiferous tubules in ageing(More)
The presence and distribution of titin-like proteins have been examined in transversely striated muscle of Drosophila melanogaster, in obliquely striated muscles (body wall and inner muscular layer of the pseudoheart) and smooth muscle (outer muscular layer of the pseudoheart) from the earthworm Eisenia foetida by means of Western blotting analysis, light(More)
We generated mice lacking Cks2, one of two mammalian homologs of the yeast Cdk1-binding proteins, Suc1 and Cks1, and found them to be viable but sterile in both sexes. Sterility is due to failure of both male and female germ cells to progress past the first meiotic metaphase. The chromosomal events up through the end of prophase I are normal in both CKS2-/-(More)
Oncostatin M (OSM), a member of the interleukin 6 family of cytokines, was found to be highly expressed in the late fetal and early neonatal rat testis, as well as in the maturing and adult testis. Two different forms of OSM were observed, one of M(r) 22,000 and the other of M(r) 36,000. In the prepubertal rat testis [19 days post coitum, 8 days post partum(More)