Ronald F. Tucker

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We reported previously that a 32-36-kDa osteogenic protein purified from bovine bone matrix is composed of dimers of two members of the transforming growth factor (TGF)-beta superfamily: the bovine equivalent of human osteogenic protein-1 (OP-1) and bone morphogenetic protein-2a, BMP-2a (BMP-2). In the present study, we produced the recombinant human OP-1(More)
Purified growth inhibitor from BSC-1 cells and type beta transforming growth factor from human platelets are shown to have nearly identical biological activity and to compete for binding to the same cell membrane receptor. These findings suggest that the growth inhibitor and the type beta transforming growth factor are similar molecules. The data also show(More)
High concentrations of fetal bovine serum induced colony formation in soft agar by anchorage-dependent, nontransformed mouse AKR-2B and rat NRK cells. The colony-stimulating activity in fetal bovine serum was precipitated by 45% saturated ammonium sulfate and migrated in molecular sieve chromatography as a single peak of activity in the 10,000-15,000(More)
Both decapentaplegic (dpp) protein and 60A protein have been implicated in pattern formation during Drosophila melanogaster embryogenesis. Within the C-terminal domain, dpp and 60A are similar to human bone morphogenetic protein 2 (75% identity) and human osteogenic protein 1 (70% identity), respectively. Both recombinant human bone morphogenetic protein 2(More)
Purified type beta transforming growth factor from human platelets (TGF beta) radioiodinated with 125I-labeled Bolton and Hunter reagent was found to bind to a variety of cultured cells of both epithelial and mesenchymal origin, including normal human fibroblasts and keratinocytes. TGF beta binding sites have also been found on three mouse embryo-derived(More)
We have characterized the expression and processing of Osteogenic Protein-1 (hOP-1), a bone morphogenic protein of the TGF-beta family, in Chinese hamster ovary cells. The hOP-1 is initially synthesized as a monomeric 50 kDa pro-protein that is dimerized, glycosylated, and then proteolytically cleaved at the Arg-Xaa-Xaa-Arg maturation site in an acidic(More)
Multiple transforming growth factors (TGFs) have been isolated from the serum-free conditioned media and acid-ethanol cell extracts of nontransformed AKR-2B and chemically transformed AKR-MCA mouse cells. The TGF activity was analyzed using Bio-Gel P-60 chromatography in 1 M acetic acid and tested for colony-stimulating activity in soft agar using AKR-2B,(More)
Type beta transforming growth factor/growth inhibitor (TGF-beta/GI) is demonstrated to be a potent stimulator of DNA synthesis in AKR-2B mouse embryo cells with a prolonged (greater than 24 hr) prereplicative phase when compared with other growth factors (epidermal growth factor, platelet-derived growth factor, or fibroblast growth factor) that induce DNA(More)
We present a new method of tailoring the density of a sphere for use as a probe in high pressure-temperature physical property experiments on liquids. The method consists of a composite sphere made of an inner, high density, metallic, spherical core and an exterior, low density, refractory, spherical shell or mantle. Micromechanical techniques are used to(More)