Michel Chretien

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We have demonstrated that beta-lipotropin is a precursor molecule and that during its maturation, it gives rise to beta-endorphin. This model is similar to proinsulin, proparathyroid hormone and proglucagon models. Since beta-endorphin is also found in the hypothalamus, one can foresee that its biosynthesis will be similar if not identical. It is then(More)
The axonal transport of proteins was studied in ciliary ganglia of control and acrylamide-treated chickens. After an intracerebral injection of [3H]lysine, the distribution of axonally transported proteins was analyzed in the preterminal segments of preganglionic axons and in their caliciform nerve endings by means of quantitative light microscope(More)
The distribution of fast axonally transported proteins was studied by electron microscope radioautography in ciliary ganglia of chickens treated or not treated with acrylamide. At 3 h after the intracerebral injection of [3H]lysine, the preganglionic axons of the untreated chickens displayed few silver grains, mainly associated with smooth endoplasmic(More)
There is growing appreciation that the nucleus is organized into an array of discrete structural domains, each subserving a specific function. These functional nuclear bodies are to be distinguished from pathological intranuclear inclusions which have been described in a variety of neurodegenerative diseases. Marinesco bodies (MBs) are eosinophilic(More)
Sixty pmoles of a material with molecular size, immunological, and RP-HPLC characteristics identical to that of h beta MSH(5-22) were purified from a bronchial carcinoid tumor responsible for the ectopic ACTH syndrome. The first 16 cycles of microsequencing revealed the following sequence: Asp-Glu-Gly-Pro-Tyr-Arg-Met-Glu-X-Phe-Arg-Trp-Gly-X-Pro- Pro-,(More)
Arginine vasopressin (AVP) and oxytocin (OT) as well as their CNS carrier neurophysins (Np) have been found in the pineal gland. In view of the analogy between the pineal gland and the retina, the contents of these neuropeptides in rat, human and bovine retinae were determined. AVP, OT and Np were detected by specific radioimmunoassay (RIA) and their(More)
Using a yeast two-hybrid system, we screened a human brain cDNA library for possible interacting proteins with the C-terminal cytosolic tail of the beta-secretase beta-amyloid protein converting enzyme (BACE)1. This identified seven potential candidates, including the brain-specific type II membrane protein BRI3. Co-localization and co-immunoprecipitation(More)
Fine structural localization of an ACTH-like substance was obtained in neurons of the rat arcuate nucleus using immuno-electron microscopy, whereas it could not be confirmed that ACTH-containing cell bodies are present in the supraoptic nucleus. The immunoreactive cells of the arcuate nucleus appeared to be more numerous than the unreactive neurons.(More)