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The complement system is an important part of the innate immune system. The complement cascade may be initiated downstream of the lectin activation pathway upon binding of mannan-binding lectin, ficolins, or collectin kidney 1 (CL-K1, alias CL-11) to suitable microbial patterns consisting of carbohydrates or acetylated molecules. During purification and(More)
Parkinson's disease (PD) is a devastating neurodegenerative disorder characterized by the loss of neurons in the substantia nigra pars compacta and the presence of Lewy bodies in surviving neurons. These intracellular protein inclusions are primarily composed of misfolded α-synuclein (aSyn), which has also been genetically linked to familial and sporadic(More)
Surfactant protein D (SP-D) is a pattern recognition molecule of the collectin family of C-type lectins. It is found in the airways and at mucosal surfaces. SP-D is part of the innate immune system where it neutralizes and leads to elimination of microorganisms. It regulates the functions of other innate immune cells, such as macrophages and neutrophils. It(More)
The serine proteinase inhibitor (serpin), plasminogen activator inhibitor type 2 (PAI-2), has been reported to inhibit tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF) induced apoptosis. In order to begin to understand the molecular basis for this protection, we have investigated the importance of a structural domain within the PAI-2 molecule, the C-D interhelical region,(More)
Myocardial effects of the calcium antagonistic drugs nimodipine and nifedipine were comparatively studied in retrogradely perfused rabbit hearts at stepwise increasing drug concentrations in the perfusion liquid within the range of 1-60 ng ml-1. Pharmacodynamic steady states developed slowly within about 25 min. at each concentration level. Nimodipine(More)