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EGF precursor (proEGF) is a member of the family of membrane-anchored EGF-like growth factors that bind with high affinity to the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR). In contrast to human transforming growth factor-alpha precursor (proTGFalpha), which is sorted basolaterally in Madin-Darby canine kidney (MDCK) cells (Dempsey, P., and R. Coffey, 1994. J.(More)
Two monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) against bovine heparin-binding growth factor II (HBGF-II)/basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF) were obtained from mouse hybridoma cell lines. They were highly specific for bFGF from bovine, human, and mouse sources and did not cross-react with bovine heparin-binding growth factor I (HBGF-I)/acidic fibroblast growth factor(More)
BACKGROUND The turning point in the deterioration of physical function seems to occur between the ages of 70 and 80 years. In particular, muscle strength may decline even more in subjects older than 75. A recent study found that the angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) genotype also affects physiological left ventricular hypertrophy. A very limited number of(More)
During endochondral bone formation, cartilage cells show increased matrix synthesis and rapid proliferation. We found that cartilage matrix contains at least two types of heparin binding growth-promoting components. One, with a higher affinity to heparin, was identified as chondromodulin I (Hiraki, Y., Tanaka, H., Inoue, H. , Kondo, J., Kamizono, A., and(More)
Somatomedin/insulin-like growth factor (IGF)-like polypeptides (designated SMP) were purified from the serum-free conditioned medium of cultured rat epithelial-like cells, 18,54-SF. A monoclonal antibody (MAb) was produced against partially purified SMP. The antibody was immunoglobulin G1 relatively specific for multiplication-stimulating activity III-2(More)
BACKGROUND Little is known about the association between physical fitness and cognitive function in very elderly people (over 80 years of age). OBJECTIVES To evaluate that relationship in 85-year-old community-dwelling individuals. METHODS Out of 207 participants (90 males, 117 females) who were 85 years old and community-dwelling, 205 completed the(More)
A growth factor capable of stimulating DNA synthesis of BALB/3T3 cells was purified about 1,000-fold from the cytosol of human benign hypertrophic prostates by heparin-Sepharose chromatography; the growth factor bound to the column in the presence of 0.5 M NaCl was eluted with 1.5-1.7 M NaCl. Its molecular weight and isoelectric point were estimated to be(More)
The reliability and validity of two newly developed densitometric methods for determining the human body volume and percent body fat (%FAT), the sulfur hexafluoride dilution method (SHF) and air displacement plethysmography (ADP), were evaluated in comparison with the underwater weighing method (UWW). Seven healthy male volunteers (age 31 to 44, mean height(More)
Isolated nuclei of the rat prostates contain a unique androgen-dependent basic protein, "probasin". Despite that it was hardly detectable in the cytosol centrifugally prepared from the prostates, immunofluorescent histological analysis of whole tissues using monoclonal antibody, which was raised against probasin purified from the nuclei, revealed that(More)
Immunohistochemical localization of basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF) was studied in the rat pituitary gland at light and electron microscopic levels using a specific monoclonal antibody. In the anterior lobe, bFGF-immunoreactivity was found mostly in a cell population without secretory granules, which was identified as the folliculo-stellate (FS) cell(More)