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Peptides corresponding to the sequence alpha 124-147 of the Torpedo californica and Homo sapiens nicotinic cholinergic receptors were synthesized. The His residue at position 134 was ethoxyformylated or substituted by Ala. Effects of such modifications were studied by: (a) a toxin blot assay and (b) a competition assay between each peptide and the Discopyge(More)
Further characterization of an aspartyl protease from Mucor bacilliformis with milk-clotting activity was performed. An extinction coefficient, epsilon 278 cm = 1.61 mL/mg/cm, a molecular mass of 35,400 Da and a pI of 5.2 were determined. Proteolytic activity and kinetic parameters were evaluated by using the hexapeptide Leu-Ser-pNO2-Phe-Nle-Ala-Leu-OMe as(More)
The fourth-day extract of a solid-state culture of the mesophilic Mucor sp. (M-105) strain showed a high milk-clotting activity and a clotting/proteolytic activity ratio similar to that of commercial preparations from microbial origin used in cheese manufacture. After ultrafiltration of the crude extract, the milk-clotting proteinase was purified in two(More)
Stings by insects from the Hymenoptera order can cause life-threatening allergic reactions and impair life quality. Immunotherapy with venom extracts is the most extensively employed treatment to reduce morbidity and mortality, but purified and safer allergy vaccines are needed. Antigen 5 is an important allergen of vespid venoms. We previously reported(More)
1. Reactivity of methionine residues towards Chloramine-T was studied in the equine growth hormone. 2. With a 20.0-fold molar excess of reagent over methionine, full oxidation of the four residues of the protein is achieved. 3. Methionine 4 is the most reactive group, followed by methionines 72 and 178--methionine 123 being the less reactive residue. 4. As(More)
Vespid venoms contain Antigen 5, an important allergen whose primary structure and immunological behavior have been extensively studied from venoms of vespids of the Northern Hemisphere. We report herein structural and immunological aspects of Antigen 5 from Polybia scutellaris subspecies rioplatensis (vulgar name: camoati) found in South America. Mast cell(More)
Human and experimental Chagas' disease causes peripheral nervous system damage involving neuromuscular transmission alterations at the neuromuscular junction. Additionally, autoantibodies directed to peripheral nerves and sarcolemmal proteins of skeletal muscle have been described. In this work, we analyse the ability of serum immunoglobulin factors(More)
1. The method of Kubota et al. [Biochim. biophys. Acta 701, 242-252 (1982)] was applied to several members of the growth hormone family in order to examine their conformational homology. 2. The method neither detects differences between rat, cow, sheep, horse and alpaca hormones, nor between monkey and human hormones. 3. Lack of homology between primate and(More)
A simple and mild procedure is described for the isolation of pituitary growth hormone from alpaca glands. It involves extractions in buffer at pH 8.7 and gel filtration in Sephadex G-75. an average yield of 1 mg purified product may be obtained from 1 g fresh alpaca pituitary glands. The alpaca hormone was examined for homogeneity by SDS-polyacrylamide gel(More)
1. Reactivity of the hGH histidine residues were studied by reaction with ethoxyformic anhydride. Localization in the molecule of three kinetically distinguishable classes, each including only one residue, was achieved. 2. The first was composed of residue 151, with an apparent velocity constant k = 0.735/min, (similar to that of histidines 19 and 21 in bGH(More)