The transforming growth factor beta type II receptor can replace the activin type II receptor in inducing mesoderm.

@article{Bhushan1994TheTG,
  title={The transforming growth factor beta type II receptor can replace the activin type II receptor in inducing mesoderm.},
  author={Anurag Bhushan and Hui Yi Lin and Harvey F. Lodish and Chris Kintner},
  journal={Molecular and cellular biology},
  year={1994},
  volume={14 6},
  pages={4280-5}
}
The type II receptors for the polypeptide growth factors transforming growth factor beta (TGF-beta) and activin belong to a new family of predicted serine/threonine protein kinases. In Xenopus embryos, the biological effects of activin and TGF-beta 1 are strikingly different; activin induces a full range of mesodermal cell types in the animal cap assay, while TGF-beta 1 has no effects, presumably because of the lack of functional TGF-beta receptors. In order to assess the biological activities… CONTINUE READING

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