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Ara6 of Arabidopsis thaliana is a novel member of the Rab/Ypt GTPase family with unique structural features. It resembles Rab5 GTPases best, but lacks a large part of the C-terminal hypervariable region and the cysteine motif, and instead harbors an extra stretch of amino acid residues containing myristoylation and palmitoylation sites at the N-terminus.(More)
We have developed a protein-synthesizing system reconstituted from recombinant tagged protein factors purified to homogeneity. The system was able to produce protein at a rate of about 160 microg/ml/h in a batch mode without the need for any supplementary apparatus. The protein products were easily purified within 1 h using affinity chromatography to remove(More)
The effects of long-term aerobic exercise on endothelial function in patients with essential hypertension remain unclear. To determine whether endothelial function relating to forearm hemodynamics in these patients differs from normotensive subjects and whether endothelial function can be modified by continued physical exercise, we randomized patients with(More)
We have recently purified to near homogeneity a novel type of regulatory protein for the rho proteins, ras p21-like small GTP-binding proteins, from bovine brain cytosol. This regulatory protein, named GDP dissociation inhibitor for the rho proteins (rho GDI), regulates the GDP/GTP exchange reaction of the rho proteins by inhibiting the dissociation of GDP(More)
A novel regulatory protein for the rho proteins (rhoA p21 and rhoB p20), belonging to a ras p21/ras p21-like small molecular weight (Mr) GTP-binding protein (G protein) superfamily, was purified to near homogeneity from bovine brain cytosol and characterized. This regulatory protein, designated here as GDP dissociation inhibitor (GDI) for the rho proteins(More)
Protein secretion plays an important role in plant cells as it does in animal and yeast cells, but the tools to study molecular events of plant secretion are very limited. We have focused on the Sar1 GTPase, which is essential for the vesicle formation from the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) in yeast, and have previously shown that tobacco and Arabidopsis SAR1(More)
A cDNA clone encoding a cysteine protease was isolated from a tobacco cDNA library, utilizing as a probe a PCR fragment obtained from degenerated primers based on the conserved sequences of plant cysteine protease genes. A putative protein encoded by the clone NTCP-23 had an amino acid sequence with significant similarities to those of plant(More)
Here, we demonstrate a significant ex vivo expansion of human hematopoietic stem cells capable of repopulating in NOD/SCID mice. Using a combination of stem cell factor (SCF), Flk2/Flt3 ligand (FL), thrombopoietin (TPO), and a complex of IL-6 and soluble IL-6 receptor (IL-6/sIL-6R), we cultured cord blood CD34(+) cells for 7 days and transplanted these(More)
BACKGROUND Resection of the non-fibrotic pancreas is prone to postoperative pancreatic fistula because of well preserved exocrine secretions and easily crushed soft parenchyma. The purpose of this study was to evaluate ultrasonic dissection for division of the non-fibrotic pancreas in distal pancreatectomy. METHODS All pancreata included in this study(More)