Ricardo Molinar-Rode

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The cerebellum contains a hexadecapeptide, termed cerebellin, that is conserved in sequence from human to chicken. Three independent, overlapping cDNA clones have been isolated from a human cerebellum cDNA library that encode the cerebellin sequence. The longest clone codes for a protein of 193 amino acids that we term precerebellin. This protein has a(More)
The identity of the neurotransmitter(s) in the mammalian retinogeniculate pathway is unclear. To investigate the possibility that some amino acids and certain dipeptides, such as N-acetyl-aspartyl-glutamate (NAAG), fulfill this function, changes in their concentration were measured in the optic tract, and the parvocellular and magnocellular segments of the(More)
A nonapeptide Thr-Ile-Ile-Asn-Val-Lys-Cys-Thr-Ser (NTX1–9) and a decapeptide Met-Asn-Gly-Lys-Cys-Lys-Cys-Tyr-Asn-Asn (NTX30–39) corresponding to the N-terminal and C-terminal sequences respectively of Noxiustoxin (NTX) were synthesized by the solid phase method of Merrifield (1963). The first synthetic peptide (NTX1–9) was shown to be toxic to mice(More)
The human C4 activation peptide C4a has recently been shown to be biologically active and to share common tissue receptors with human C3a anaphylatoxin. Human C3a and C4a each induce contraction and cause cross-desensitization of isolated guinea-pig ileal strips. The essential active site of C3a is comprised in the model peptide containing the five(More)
Activation of immediate-early gene expression has been associated with mitogenesis, differentiation, nerve cell depolarization, and recently, terminal differentiation processes and programmed cell death. Previous evidence also suggested that immediate-early genes play a role in the physiology of the lungs (J. I. Morgan, D. R. Cohen, J. L. Hempstead, and T.(More)
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