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PURPOSE A leucite-reinforced, glass-ceramic material was recently introduced for clinical use. In this clinical trial, IPS-Empress inlays and onlays were evaluated using the modified United States Public Health Service (USPHS) criteria. MATERIALS AND METHODS The teeth of 36 patients were restored with 105 posterior inlays and 25 onlays, fabricated by an(More)
Plasma membrane proteins are displayed through diverse mechanisms, including anchoring in the extracellular leaflet via glycosylphosphatidylinositol (GPI) molecules. GPI-anchored membrane proteins (GPI-APs) are a functionally and structurally diverse protein family, and their importance is well-recognized as they are candidate cell surface biomarker(More)
The monoclonal antibody AE-2 raised against acetylcholinesterase (acetylcholine acetylhydrolase, EC 3.1.1.7) from human erythrocytes is shown to inhibit the enzyme activity. The reaction of the antibody with a structural epitope is investigated further. The epitope resides on monomeric, dimeric and tetrameric species of the enzyme. The rate of(More)
Mammalian brain acetylcholinesterase (AChE; EC 3.1.1.7) is membrane-bound through a structural subunit of about 20 kDa. So far little is known about this anchor because it is only detectable after hydrophobic labelling. In the present study we demonstrate that the two bands migrating around 20 kDa on SDS-PAGE derive from the same protein containing the same(More)
Detergent-solubilized glycosylphosphatidylinositol (GPI)-anchored structures can be cleaved by C-type phospholipases isolated from peanuts and bloodstream cells of the African trypanosome, Trypanosoma brucei. The two enzymes differ in their reported ability to hydrolyze phosphatidylinositol (PI); while the peanut enzyme readily hydrolyzes PI in vitro, the(More)
Flounder (Platichthys flesus) muscle contains two types of cholinesterases, that differ in molecular form and in substrate specificity. Both enzymes were purified by affinity chromatography. About 8% of cholinesterase activity could be attributed to collagen-tailed asymmetric acetylcholinesterase sedimenting at 17S, 13S and 9S, which showed catalytic(More)
Membrane-bound acetylcholinesterase (AChE) from the electric organ of Torpedo marmorata was labeled with the hydrophobic photoactivatable reagent 3-trifluoromethyl-3-(m-[125I]iodophenyl) diazirine ( [125I]TID). Labeling with [125I]TID was restricted to the membranous polypeptide segment of AChE as shown upon conversion of the amphiphilic form to the(More)
Phosphatidylinositol (PtdIns)-glycan-specific phospholipase D was purified from bovine and human serum by phase separation in Triton X-114 and by chromatography on DEAE-cellulose, octyl-Sepharose, concanavalin-A-Sepharose, and hydroxyapatite. The purification of the two enzymes was approximately 1200-fold with a recovery of 3-5%. Bovine serum contained(More)
Formation of a functional neuromuscular junction (NMJ) involves the biosynthesis and transport of numerous muscle-specific proteins, among them the acetylcholine-hydrolyzing enzyme acetylcholinesterase (AChE). To study the mechanisms underlying this process, we have expressed DNA encoding human AChE downstream of the cytomegalovirus promoter in oocytes and(More)