Milton T. W. Hearn

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The use of the methylotrophic yeast, Pichia pastoris, as a cellular host for the expression of recombinant proteins has become increasing popular in recent times. P. pastoris is easier to genetically manipulate and culture than mammalian cells and can be grown to high cell densities. Equally important, P. pastoris is also a eukaryote, and thereby provides(More)
This study describes the further extension of the resonant recognition model for the analysis and prediction of protein--protein and protein--DNA structure/function dependencies. The model is based on the significant correlation between spectra of numerical presentations of the amino acid or nucleotide sequences of proteins and their coded biological(More)
The immunological cross-reactivity of several peptides with specific pattern-property characteristics related to the epitopes of human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) gp160/ 120 envelope proteins has been investigated. Proteins with similar primary structures can be expected to show functional or topographic similarities, such as specific epitopes(More)
Bovine follicular fluid was used as a source for the isolation of gonadal inhibin, the activity of which was monitored by the dose dependent suppression of the FSH content of cultured pituitary cells. The procedures presented result in over 3000-fold purification of the starting material and the purified inhibin has an apparent molecular weight of 56000.(More)
In this review article, the reader is introduced to recent advances in our knowledge on a subset of the cystine knot superfamily of homo- and hetero-dimeric proteins, from the perspective of the endocrine glycoprotein hormone family of proteins: follitropin (FSH), Iutropin (LH), thyrotropin. (TSH) and chorionic gonadotropin (CG). Subsequent papers will(More)
WNT and bone morphogenetic protein (BMP) signaling are known to stimulate hemogenesis from pluripotent embryonic stem (ES) cells. However, osteochondrogenic mesoderm was generated effectively when BMP signaling is kept to a low level, while WNT signaling was strongly activated. When mesoderm specification from ES cells was exogenous factor dependent, WNT3a(More)
This study describes the screening of a peptide phage display library for amino acid sequences that bind with different affinities to a novel class of chelating ligands complexed with Ni²+ ions. These chelating ligands are based on the 1,4,7-triazacyclononane (TACN) structure and have been chosen to allow enhanced efficiency in protein capture and decreased(More)
The phosphatidylethanolamine binding proteins (pebps) are an evolutionarily conserved family of proteins recently implicated in mitogen-activated protein (MAP) kinase pathway regulation, where they are called raf kinase inhibitory proteins. Here, we describe the cloning, cellular localization, and partial characterization of a new member, pebp-2, with(More)
The human pituitary gonadotropins, follitropin (hFSH) and lutropin (hLH) are glycoproteins which are microheterogeneous in terms of their charge and molecular size, as well as their in vitro and in vivo bioactivities. The aim of this study was to determine the contribution of variations in sialic acid (N-acetyl neuraminic acid) content to the structural(More)
The primary amino acid structures of the 43-kDa (A) and 15-kDa (B) subunits of the 58-kDa form of the hormone inhibin have been elucidated by cloning and analysis of cDNA species derived from bovine granulosa cell mRNA. The A subunit (Mr = 32,298) is a protein of 300 amino acids with two potential N-glycosylation sites and two potential proteolytic(More)