Valery E. Krupnik

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Wnt proteins influence many aspects of embryonic development, and their activity is regulated by several secreted antagonists, including the Xenopus Dickkopf-1 (xDkk-1) protein. xDkk-1 inhibits Wnt activities in Xenopus embryos and may play a role in induction of head structures. Here, we characterize a family of human Dkk-related genes composed of Dkk-1,(More)
Signaling by the Wnt family of extracellular proteins is critical in a variety of developmental processes in which cell and tissue polarity are established [1-5]. Wnt signal transduction has been studied mostly by the genetic approach in Drosophila and Caenorhabditis elegans [1,2,5], but the biochemical mechanisms involved remain to be elucidated. The Wnt(More)
All vertebrates show a dramatic circadian rhythm in circulating melatonin with high levels at night and very low levels during daytime. In adults, melatonin is thought to synchronize other circadian rhythms and regulate seasonal rhythms in photoperiodic animals by acting on specific G-protein coupled receptors. The role of melatonin in development is(More)
Antibodies exhibiting a selective anti-H-2 haplotype reaction with thymic and splenic lymphocytes of intact mice were found in the sera of mice of the strains BALB/c, C57Bl/6, AKR and BDF1 with the developing Rauscher leukemia by applying the membrane immunofluorescent and complement-dependent cytotoxicity techniques in vitro. Monoclonal antibodies against(More)
Experimental Rauscher's virus erythroleukemia (RVE) was employed to study the immunologic mechanisms by which leukemia develops. Experiments were performed on inbred mice, genetically opposite to the disease induction, namely on highly sensitive BALB/c, resistant C57BL/6 and moderately sensitive BDFI animals. It is shown that RVE resistance is an(More)
The ELISA test was performed on sera of normal donors and patients with myocardial infarction (MI) and essential hypertension (EH) to detect autoantibodies against prostaglandin F2 alpha (a-PGF2 alpha). The a-PGF2 alpha level was much higher after immune complexes dissociation. Baseline a-PGF2 alpha was elevated in EH patients with a sudden rise in blood(More)