Mutations in the PARKIN gene have been identified in families with recessively inherited Parkinson disease (PD). Common DNA-polymorphisms at the PARKIN gene could contribute to the risk for PD in the general population. Here we searched for DNA-polymorphisms in the PARKIN promoter. We found two single nucleotide polymorphisms (-324 A/G and -797 A/G). In… (More)
A new full-length cDNA (ZFOR4) that encodes an opioid receptor has been isolated from the teleost zebrafish. The encoded polypeptide is 375 amino acids long and shows high sequence similarity to other delta-opioid receptors, including ZFOR1, the other delta-opioid receptor from zebrafish previously characterized by us. In situ hybridization studies have… (More)
In addition to its well-established effect on T cells, cyclosporin A (CsA) also inhibits inflammatory cytokine production by macrophages. However, little is known about the mechanism of action of CsA on macrophage cytokine production. We measured the effect of CsA on basal and phorbol-myristate-acetate (PMA)-stimulated production of interleukin-6 using the… (More)
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