Ngoc Diem Bui

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Solubilization of rat synaptic membranes by Triton X-100, followed by DEAE-cellulose chromatography allowed the identification of different CCK-8 cleaving enzymes. The first one (in the order of elution) removed the N-terminal aspartic acid residue of CCK-8 and was active on L-aspartic acid beta naphtylamide, suggesting that a corresponded to an(More)
The Katanin family of microtubule-severing enzymes is critical for remodeling microtubule-based structures that influence cell division, motility, morphogenesis and signaling. Katanin is composed of a catalytic p60 subunit (A subunit, KATNA1) and a regulatory p80 subunit (B subunit, KATNB1). The mammalian genome also encodes two additional A-like subunits(More)
Degradation of CCK-8, CCK-4, and related peptides by a crude synaptosomal fraction of rat brain was investigated by monitoring the tryptophan fluorescence of reaction products after HPLC fractionation. At 20 degrees C, the half disappearance time was 52 min for CCK-8, 35 min for unsulphated CCK-8, 20 min for unsulphated CCK-7, 6 min for(More)
Photoaffinity labelling with [alpha-32P]GTP allowed to detect a 54 kDa GTP-binding protein in rat pancreatic plasma membranes and in pancreatic AR 4-2J cell membranes. Like the 42 and 48 kDa Gs alpha subunits and the 41 kDa Gi alpha subunit, this protein was absent from zymogen granule membranes. Contrastingly, a new 28 kDa GTP-binding protein (detected by(More)
Degradation of CCK-4 and -8 by purified synaptic membranes was followed by measuring the fluorescence of tryptophan released from the peptides after separation of degradation products by HPLC. For enkephalins and related fragments, the release of tyrosine was monitored using the same method. Kinetics of hydrolysis of CCK-like peptides indicated a rapid(More)
Rat pancreatic acinar cells AR 4-2J respond to dexamethasone by differentiation and a decreased proliferation rate. Protein labelling by [3H]-mevalonolactone, used as a precursor of farnesyl and geranylgeranyl isoprenoid groups, was increased in the presence of dexamethasone. In these same conditions, dexamethasone decreased HMG-CoA reductase activity,(More)
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