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We have generated and characterized a multi-functional polyclonal anti-brain-derived neurotrophic factor antibody. Western blot analysis, dorsal root ganglion neurite outgrowth and dorsal root ganglion neuron survival assays showed that this antibody specifically recognized brain-derived neurotrophic factor and not the other neurotrophins. Furthermore, it(More)
Muscle wasting and cachexia have long been postulated to be key determinants of cancer-related death, but there has been no direct experimental evidence to substantiate this hypothesis. Here, we show that in several cancer cachexia models, pharmacological blockade of ActRIIB pathway not only prevents further muscle wasting but also completely reverses prior(More)
Interactions of three neurotrophin dimers, brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), neurotrophin-3 (NT-3), and a NT-3.BDNF heterodimer with extracellular, soluble TrkB and TrkC receptors were studied using native gels, light scattering, and sedimentation equilibrium. These three neurotrophins showed binding of two TrkB receptors per neurotrophin dimer,(More)
The structural properties of human brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) and neurotrophin-3 (NT-3) were studied using sedimentation equilibrium and circular dichroism (CD), fluorescence and Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopies, and compared with those of human nerve growth factor (NGF). Both the far UV CD and infrared spectra indicate that these(More)
The interactions of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) with the extracellular domain of its receptor (trkB) are investigated by employing isotope-edited Fourier transform IR (FTIR) spectroscopy. The protein secondary structures of individual BDNF and trkB in solutions are compared with those in their complex. The temperature dependence of the(More)
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