Ruth F. Nutt

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One mechanism considered responsible for the hypercalcemia that frequently accompanies malignancy is secretion by the tumor of a circulating factor that alters calcium metabolism. The structure of a tumor-secreted peptide was recently determined and found to be partially homologous to parathyroid hormone (PTH). The amino-terminal 1-34 region of the factor(More)
Membranes from rabbit aorta and from rabbit and rat kidney cortex possess high-affinity (Kd = 10(-10) M) specific binding sites for atrial natriuretic factor (ANF). Similar high-affinity sites are present in an established cell line from pig kidney, LLC-PK1. Results of fractionation studies indicate that the receptors are localized in the plasma membrane of(More)
Melittin produces a voltage-dependent increase in the conductance of planar lipid bilayers. The conductance increases when the side of the membrane to which melittin has been added (cis-side) is made positive. This paper reports observations on the effect of modifying two positively charged amino acid residues within the NH2-terminal region of the molecule:(More)
Two subtypes of the high affinity endothelin-1 (ET-1) receptor were identified in human tissue, and were distinguished by their differential affinities for sarafotoxin S6c (S6c). Uterus contains mostly the ETA subtype, with low affinity for S6c (Ki greater than 7300 nM), while the predominant subtype in hippocampus is ETB, with high affinity for S6c (Ki =(More)
As the use of high-throughput screening systems becomes more routine in the drug discovery process, there is an increasing need for fast and reliable analysis of the massive amounts of the resulting data. At the forefront of the methods used is data reduction, often assisted by cluster analysis. Activity thresholds reduce the data set under investigation to(More)
A public bacterial mutagenicity database was classified into 2-D structural families using a set of specific algorithms and clustering techniques that find overlapping classes of compounds based upon chemical substructures. Structure-activity relationships were learned from the biological activity of the compounds within each class and used to identify(More)
Atrial natriuretic factor (ANF) is a potent natriuretic and vasorelaxant agent that also stimulates guanosine 3',5'-cyclic monophosphate (cGMP) excretion in normotensive animals. These properties suggest that ANF may be involved in the regulation of blood pressure. To test a pure preparation of ANF in both normotensive and hypertensive animals, a synthetic(More)