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Cyclin-dependent kinase 5 (CDK5) is a unique CDK, the activity of which can be detected in postmitotic neurons. To date, CDK5 purified from mammalian brains has always been associated with a truncated form of the 35-kDa major brain specific activator (p35, also known as nck5a) of CDK5, known as p25. In this study, we report that p35 can be cleaved to p25(More)
Degradation of p35, a neuron-specific activator of CDK5, was studied in rat cortical neurons in primary culture. Treatment of cultured neurons with cyclohexamide induced the rapid disappearance of p35 accompanied by parallel inactivation of the kinase activity of CDK5. The disappearance of p35 was blocked with proteasome inhibitors(More)
Chitinases are enzymes that hydrolyze chitin, a polymer of β-1, 4-linked N-acetyl-D-glucosamine (GlcNAc). Chitin has long been considered as a source of dietary fiber that is not digested in the mammalian digestive system. Here, we provide evidence that acidic mammalian chitinase (AMCase) can function as a major digestive enzyme that constitutively degrades(More)
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