William James Curry

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The ECL cells constitute the predominant endocrine cell population in the mucosa of the acid-secreting part of the stomach (fundus). They are rich in chromogranin A (CGA), histamine and histidine decarboxylase (HDC). They secrete CGA-derived peptides and histamine in response to gastrin. The objective of this investigation was to examine the expression of(More)
 The ontogenetic expression of chromogranin A (CgA) and its derived peptides, WE-14 and pancreastatin (PST), was studied in the rat neuroendocrine system employing immunohistochemical analysis of fetal and neonatal specimens from 12.5-day embryos (E12.5), to 42-day postnatal (P42) rats. CgA immunostaining was first detected in endocrine cells of the(More)
PURPOSE Retinal progenitor cells (RPCs) and retinal stem cells (RSCs) from rodents and humans have been isolated and characterized in vitro. Transplantation experiments have confirmed their potential as tools for cell replacement in retinal degenerative diseases. The pig represents an ideal pre-clinical animal model to study the impact of transplantation(More)
FMRFamide was isolated originally from neural-tissue extracts of a bivalve mollusc, since when either authentic FMRFamide or a series of structurally-related peptides have been isolated from representative arthropods, annelids and many additional molluscs. However, to date no information exists as to the definitive presence and primary structure of a FaRP(More)
The underlying pathways that drive retinal neurogenesis and synaptogenesis are still relatively poorly understood. Protein expression analysis can provide direct insight into these complex developmental processes. The aim of this study was therefore to employ proteomic analysis to study the developing chick retina throughout embryonic (E) development(More)
The distribution of chromogranin A and related peptides in rat tissues was investigated using sequence specific antisera. N- and C-terminal antisera and a presumptive C-terminal rat pancreastatin antiserum immunostained an extensive neuroendocrine cell population throughout the gastro-entero-pancreatic tract, anterior pituitary, thyroid and all(More)
1. A neuropeptide exhibiting vertebrate pancreatic polypeptide immunoreactivity has been isolated and sequenced from extracts of the terrestrial turbellarian, Artioposthia triangulata. 2. This neuropeptide, designated neuropeptide F, consists of 36 amino acid residues terminating in a phenylalaninamide. 3. The full primary structure was established as:(More)
The presumptive C-terminal nonapeptide of rat pancreastatin was synthesised based upon the sequence of rat chromogranin A (CGA) analogous to that of porcine pancreastatin as contained within porcine CGA. Antisera were produced which were used to determine the qualitative and quantitative distribution of pancreastatin-like immunoreactivity in rat tissues by(More)
Neuropeptide Y is one of the most widespread regulatory peptides within the vertebrate nervous system and shares the C-terminal motif [FY]-x(3)-[LIVM]-x(2)-Y-x(3)-[LIVMFY]-x-R-x-R-[YF] with pancreatic polypeptide, peptide YY, and fish pancreatic peptide Y. All four peptides are believed to have arisen from a single ancestral gene through successive gene(More)
The primary structure of a novel human chromogranin A-derived tetradecapeptide, WE-14, possessing N-terminal tryptophanyl (W) and C-terminal glutamyl (E) residues was isolated from a hepatic metastasis of an human ileal carcinoid tumour. Human and bovine WE-14 are structurally identical, while rat, mouse and porcine analogues exhibit 93% homology. WE-14 is(More)