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Controlled ovarian stimulation was induced in 19 women for in vitro fertilisation/embryo transfer. After ovum pick-up, haptoglobin titres were determined by ELISA in sera and homologous follicular fluids. The haptoglobin phenotype of each subject was assessed and the penetration of the protein forms through the blood-follicle barrier was predicted on the(More)
A specific surface receptor for urokinase plasminogen activator (uPA) recognizes the amino-terminal growth factor-like sequence of uPA, a region independent from and not required for the catalytic activity of this enzyme. The properties of the uPA receptor (uPAR) and the localization and distribution of uPA in tumor cells and tissues suggest that the(More)
In previous studies we have shown that insulin-like growth factor I (IGF-I) has a mitogenic effect in a line of rat thyroid follicular cells, the FRTL-5. In view of this effect, we undertook studies to identify and characterize some physicochemical and binding properties of the receptor for IGF-I in these cells and to determine what role it plays in the(More)
The iodinated Mr approximately equal to 15,000 amino-terminal fragment (ATF) of the urokinase-type plasminogen activator (u-PA) molecule bound specifically to the cell surface of all of seven cultured human tumor cell lines studied. Cross-linking of iodinated ATF to the cell surface using a bifunctional amino-reactive reagent followed by sodium dodecyl(More)
Escherichia coli K1 CMP-sialic acid synthetase catalyses the synthesis of CMP-sialic acid from CTP and sialic acid. The active site of the 418 amino acid E. coli enzyme was localized to its N-terminal half. The bacterial CMP-sialic acid synthetase enzymes have a conserved motif, IAIIPARXXSKGLXXKN, at their N-termini. Several basic residues have been(More)
In the course of studies to elucidate the complex network of interactions controlling FRTL5 cell proliferation, thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH)-independent mutants (M cells), have been obtained from FRTL5 cells by chemical mutagenesis. In the present studies, the role of TSH on the proliferation and on differentiated and metabolic functions in these(More)
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