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BMPRIA is a receptor for bone morphogenetic proteins with high affinity for BMP2 and BMP4. Mouse embryos lacking Bmpr1a fail to gastrulate, complicating studies on the requirements for BMP signaling in germ layer development. Recent work shows that BMP4 produced in extraembryonic tissues initiates gastrulation. Here we use a conditional allele of Bmpr1a to(More)
OX40 expressed on activated T cells is known to be an important costimulatory molecule on T cell activation in vitro. However, the in vivo functional significance of the interaction between OX40 and its ligand, OX40L, is still unclear. To investigate the role of OX40L during in vivo immune responses, we generated OX40L-deficient mice and a blocking(More)
The complement system plays an important role in innate immunity. In the lectin complement pathway, mannose-binding lectin (MBL) and ficolins act as recognition molecules, and MBL-associated serine protease (MASP) is a key enzyme. It has been suggested that MASP-2 is responsible for the activation of C4. Other serine proteases (MASP-1 and MASP-3) are also(More)
Cholesterol side-chain cleavage activities of cytochrome P-450ssc purified from bovine adrenocortical mitochondria were measured for various substrates, including cholesterol, 20[S]-hydroxycholesterol, 22[R]-hydroxycholesterol and 20[R], 22[R]-dihydroxycholesterol, in the reconstituted enzyme system at various Tween20 concentrations. The side-chain cleavage(More)
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