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A method for purifying chromaffin cells from adult, bovine, adrenal medullae and the techniques for maintaining the cells in suspension culture for at least 14 days are presented. Perfusion of medullae with a collagenase-containing medium produced a cell fraction that contained, in addition to chromaffin cells, a significant percentage of non-chromaffin(More)
BACKGROUND Patients with acromegaly are currently treated with surgery, radiation therapy, and drugs to reduce hypersecretion of growth hormone, but the treatments may be ineffective and have adverse effects. Pegvisomant is a genetically engineered growth hormone-receptor antagonist that blocks the action of growth hormone. METHODS We conducted a 12-week,(More)
Growth hormone (GH) and IGFs have a long and distinguished history in diabetes, with possible participation in the development of renal complications. To investigate the effect of a newly developed GH receptor (GHR) antagonist (G120K-PEG) on renal/glomerular hypertrophy and urinary albumin excretion (UAE), streptozotocin-induced diabetic and nondiabetic(More)
Sixty-four variants of human tissue-type plasminogen activator (tPA) were produced using recombinant DNA techniques. Charged residues were converted to alanine in clusters of from one to four changes per variant; these clusters spanned all the domains of the molecule. The variants were expressed by mammalian cells and were analyzed for a variety of(More)
B2036-PEG, a GH receptor (GH-R) antagonist, is an analog of GH that is PEG-modified to prolong its action. Nine mutations alter the binding properties of this molecule, preventing GH-R dimerization and GH action. A potential therapeutic role of B2036-PEG is to block GH action, e.g. in refractory acromegaly. A phase I, placebo-controlled, single rising-dose(More)
Suspension cultures of purified bovine adrenal chromaffin cells incorporated 32P from exogenous 32Pi into a protein of approximately M4 = 60,000 (isolated by discontinuous, sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide slab gel electrophoresis). Phosphorylated tyrosine hydroxylase, purified from chromaffin cell supernatants by immunoprecipitation, co-migrated with(More)
OBJECT The authors have previously demonstrated that modulation of the growth hormone (GH)/insulin-like growth factor-I (IGF-I) axis can significantly affect meningioma growth in vitro. These studies were performed to evaluate the efficacy of GH receptor blockade in vivo. METHODS Primary cultures from 15 meningioma tumors obtained in humans were(More)