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The conversion of delta-endoprotoxins of Bacillus thuringiensis to active toxins is mediated by trypsin, insect gut (exogenous) and bacterial (endogenous) proteases. The biochemical aspects of exogenous and endogenous proteases involved in the conversion of protoxin to toxin are reviewed. Perhaps, these proteases also play a role in influencing the host(More)
Glucosamine 6-phosphate synthase activity in the total, caput, and cauda epididymis was estimated. Efferent duct ligation for 7 or 16 days caused significant reduction in the enzyme activity of caput epididymidis only and had no effect on the cauda epididymidis. Treatment with dihydrotestosterone (DHT) at a dose of 100 micrograms per day restored the enzyme(More)
Injection of estradiol to ovariectomised rats caused significant increase in the activity of glucosamine 6-phosphate synthase of uterus. Progesterone did not cause any increase in the activity of the enzyme; however, it antagonised the effect of estradiol. It was observed that the enzyme is predominantly localised in the endometrium of uterus.
The use of iron(III) in sulphuric acid medium and of potassium hexacyanoferrate(III) in hydrochloric acid medium has been investigated for the oxidimetric determination of indigo and indigo sulphonic acid. Conditions have been established for the assay of the dye with iron(III) sulphate at 100 degrees and with potassium hexacyanoferrate(III) at room(More)
Recently gonadotropin releasing hormone (GnRH) and its agonistic analogs were demonstrated to have some direct actions in accessory reproductive organs. In our study the effects of GnRH and its analogs on some steroid hormone induced responses were investigated. GnRH and its analogs inhibited estradiol induced ornithine decarboxylase (ODC) and(More)
Accessory reproductive organs of male rat were found to contain high activities of glucosamine-6-phosphate synthase (glucosaminephosphate isomerase (glutamine-forming), EC 5.3.1.19). Castration caused drastic reduction (75%) in the enzyme activity of ventral prostate. Testosterone propionate administration restored the enzyme activity while cortisol and(More)
Testosterone induced increase in ornithine decarboxylase (ODC) activity was inhibited by simultaneous treatment with gonadotropin releasing hormone (GnRH) and its analogue in the ventral prostate of rat. Inhibition of 3H-uridine, 3H-phenylalanine and 3H-leucine incorporation into TCA precipitable material was also inhibited by GnRH in the(More)
Intraperitoneal injection of alpha-difluoromethylornithine (DFMO) at a dose of 200 mg/kg, twice a day, during days 4-7 of pregnancy caused inhibition of embryogenesis in rats. These animals did not deliver any pups at term. However, there was no effect of DFMO on pregnant rats following treatment during day 1-3 of pregnancy. It was observed that DFMO(More)
Using IgG antibodies raised against RNA-A BS1, the presence of this seminal RNA-A on the surface of bovine spermatozoa has been demonstrated. Indirect immunofluorescence and immunoferritin methods showed that this protein coats the surface of ejaculated bovine spermatozoa, but the pattern of binding of the label varied from cell to cell. More than 50% of(More)
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