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The elementary steps of contraction in rabbit fast twitch muscle fibers were investigated with particular emphasis on the mechanism of phosphate (Pi) binding/release, the mechanism of force generation, and the relation between them. We monitor the rate constant 2 pi b of a macroscopic exponential process (B) by imposing sinusoidal length oscillations. We(More)
The effect of temperature on elementary steps of the cross-bridge cycle was investigated with sinusoidal analysis technique in skinned rabbit psoas fibers. We studied the effect of MgATP on exponential process (C) to characterize the MgATP binding step and cross-bridge detachment step at six different temperatures in the range 5-30 degrees C. Similarly, we(More)
Asthma and atopy show epidemiological association and are biologically linked by T-helper type 2 (T(h)2) cytokine-driven inflammatory mechanisms. IL-4 operates through the IL-4 receptor (IL-4R, a heterodimer of IL-4Ralpha and either gammac or IL-13Ralpha1) and IL-13 operates through IL-13R (a heterodimer of IL-4Ralpha and IL-13Ralpha1) to promote IgE(More)
The rate and association constants (kinetic constants) which comprise a seven state cross-bridge scheme were deduced by sinusoidal analysis in chemically skinned rabbit psoas muscle fibers at 20 degrees C, 200 mM ionic strength, and during maximal Ca2+ activation (pCa 4.54-4.82). The kinetic constants were then used to calculate the steady state probability(More)
Elementary steps of the crossbridge cycle in chemically skinned ferret myocardium were investigated with sinusoidal analysis. The muscle preparations were activated at pCa 4.82 and an ionic strength of 200 mM, and the effects of the change in the MgATP (S) and phosphate (Pi) concentrations on three exponential processes were studied at 20 degrees C. Results(More)
Two variants of the IL-4R alpha-chain (IL-4Ralpha) gene have been recently identified in association with different atopic disorders. To clarify the etiological relationship between the two variants, we analyzed responsiveness to IL-4 of transfectants with four kinds of IL-4Ralpha carrying either Val or Ile at 50 and either Gln or Arg at 551. The(More)
Forty-three patients with chronic renal failure and secondary hyperparathyroidism underwent parathyroidectomy; 20 of the 43 underwent subtotal parathyroidectomy (Group A) and 23 patients underwent total parathyroidectomy and parathyroid autotransplant in the forearm (Group B). Postoperative clinical improvement was similar in both groups. In the immediate(More)
We examined brains from Parkinson's disease and from dementia with Lewy bodies (LBs) by using antibodies to NACP/alpha-synuclein. Immunohistochemically, all of the antibodies against the amino-terminal region, NAC domain, and carboxyl-terminal region of NACP labeled not only LBs, pale bodies (PBs), and dystrophic neurites, but also fine thread-like(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine the characteristics of corticosteroid resistant interstitial pneumonitis (IP) in dermatomyositis (DM) and polymyositis (PM), and to evaluate the effect of cyclosporine on corticosteroid resistant IP in DM/PM. METHODS We analyzed retrospectively the incidence, clinical features, and corticosteroid responses of IP in 111 patients with(More)