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Pigment epithelium-derived factor (PEDF), a neurotrophic agent first identified in conditioned medium from cultured human retinal pigment epithelial cells, induces neuronal differentiation with neurite outgrowth in Y-79 retinoblastoma cells and has a neurotrophic survival effect on cerebellar granule cells in culture. In the present study, we investigated(More)
Ezrin is a membrane-associated cytoplasmic protein that serves to link cell-membrane proteins with the actin-based cytoskeleton, and also plays a role in regulation of the functional activities of some transmembrane proteins. It is expressed in placental trophoblasts. We hypothesized that placental ezrin is involved in the supply of nutrients from mother to(More)
Recombinant forms of the neurotrophic factor pigment epithelium-derived factor (PEDF) activate metabolism of RAW macrophage cells while simultaneously inhibiting their proliferation. The recombinant forms (rPEDF) acted with EC(50)s of 0.1-1 nM while full-length native bovine PEDF was inactive. Urea, which is the buffer used to extract recombinant PEDF,(More)
Inguinal hernia is the most common congenital disease in paediatrie surgery. It is apparent that inguinal hernias result from a patent processus vaginalis (PV). However, it remains unclear how the PV closes in normal development. It is proposed that calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP) released from the genitofemoral nerve acts on the PV and causes(More)
Interleukin-3 (IL-3) is an important mediator of physiological and pathophysiological processes affecting the central nervous system (CNS). It stimulates the proliferation and activation of microglia and can enhance differentiation of cholinergic and sensory neurons. To examine the role of IL-3 in the CNS, we utilized transgenic mice expressing a murine(More)
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