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An enzyme-linked absorbent assay for the determination of hyaluronan (HA) has been developed. The procedure is sensitive, simple and is based on a microtitre plate format. The assay involves competition between HA absorbed to the plate and HA free in solution for binding to biotinylated cartilage proteoglycan binding region (G1 domain). The range of the(More)
We have used progressive chondroitinase digestion of pig aggrecan in conjunction with ELISA assays and disaccharide analysis to derive information about the pattern of 4- and 6-sulphation in chondroitin sulphate chains. Digestion with chondroitinase ABC resulted in the release of mainly disaccharides from the nonreducing terminal of chondroitin sulphate(More)
Bovine collateral ligament was found to have a water content of 67.5 +/- 2.5%, the tissue was highly collagenous containing 100.3 +/- 15.1 micrograms hydroxyproline/mg dry weight. Type I collagen was the major collagen present with small amounts of Type III and V. The hexuronate content of the tissue was found to be 2.62 +/- 0.40 micrograms hexuronate/mg(More)
We have characterized and compared the substrate specificity of affinity-purified recombinant rat testes endopeptidase EC (EP 24.15) with that reported for the isolated brain enzyme. Of the peptides tested, only bradykinin, dynorphin A1-8, and neurotensin were efficiently cleaved by the recombinant enzyme (kcat/Km = 3.0, 2.8 and 0.5 x 10(5)(More)
We have measured circulating catecholamines and enkephalins in intact and bilaterally adrenalectomised fetal sheep between 115 and 144 days of gestation using specific radioimmunoassays for total Met-enk-containing peptides (total Met-Enk), free Met-Enk and Met-Enk-arg6-phe7 (MERF). In the intact group fetal plasma concentrations of noradrenaline increased(More)
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