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The gene encoding the precusor of a small secretory protein with antifungal activity was isolated from A. giganteus and characterized by restriction mapping, hybridization and nucleotide sequencing. The promoter contains a typical TATA-box at a distance of 135 bp upstream of the open reading frame. The open reading frame is interrupted by two small introns(More)
A very basic secreted protein which displays antifungal activity was isolated from the medium of the mold Aspergillus giganteus. The protein consists of 51 amino acid residues whose sequence was determined as Ala-Thr-Tyr-Asn-Gly-Lys-Cys-Tyr-Lys-Lys-Asp-Asn- Ile-Cys-Lys-Tyr-Lys-Ala-Gln-Ser-Gly-Lys-Thr-Ala-Ile-Cys-Lys-Cys-Tyr-Val- Lys-(More)
A C-terminal truncated form of membrane-type 4 matrix metalloproteinase (MT4-MMP; MMP 17), lacking the hemopexin-like and transmembrane domain, was expressed in Escherichia coli. The catalytic domain was produced by tryptic activation of the recombinant proenzyme and proved to be catalytically active towards the fluorogenic substrate for matrix(More)
Human rheumatoid synovial cells in culture secrete both 72-kDa progelatinase and a complex consisting of 72-kDa progelatinase and a 24-kDa inhibitor of metalloproteinases, TIMP-2. In addition, the culture medium contains TIMP-1, the classical inhibitor of metalloproteinases, with a molecular mass of 30 kDa. TIMP-1 does not form a complex with free 72-kDa(More)
The expression of oncofetal H19 RNA and its localization/cellular source was analyzed in synovial tissue (ST) and isolated synovial macrophages (Mphi) or synovial fibroblasts (SFBs) by reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR), in situ hybridization, and immunohistochemistry. RT-PCR showed significantly higher H19 expression in ST from(More)
From the gram-negative eubacterium Pseudomonas aeruginosa we have isolated a stable 6S RNA, approximately 180 nucleotides in length. The RNA was partially sequenced and identified by comparison with the known Escherichia coli 6S RNA sequence. Southern hybridizations revealed a single copy gene coding for the 6S RNA. DNA from other prokaryotes, i.e. E. coli,(More)
The three forms of neutrophil gelatinase B-monomer, homodimer and monomer/lipocalin complex-, were isolated from phorbolester stimulated neutrophil granulocytes by chromatography on gelatin-Sepharose and heparin-Ultrogel. On average, about 50% of the monomer/lipocalin complex was found to be complexed with TIMP-1. After activation with trypsin monomer,(More)
An immunotoxin was synthesized by the attachment of alpha-sarcin, the ribosome-inactivating protein derived from the mould Aspergillus giganteus, to a monoclonal mouse IgG2 antibody Fib75. The alpha-sarcin immunotoxin exerted toxic effects in tissue culture against the EJ human bladder carcinoma cell line, expressing the antigen recognised by the Fib75(More)
Prevotella intermedia, a Gram-negative obligate anaerobic black-pigmented oral bacterium, belongs to a small group of microorganisms that is closely associated with the initiation of periodontal diseases. Lipopolysaccharide (LPS), an outer membrane component, is one of the main virulence factors of this bacterium. The aim of this study was to examine the(More)
Incubation of progelatinase B, isolated from human polymorphonuclear leukocytes, with TIMP-1 leads to the formation of the progelatinase B/TIMP-1 complex. This complex behaves like a Janus in a similar manner as we previously described for the progelatinase A/TIMP-2 complex. It shows the properties of TIMP-1 and is a better inhibitor for gelatinase A than(More)