The world's first wiki where authorship really matters (Nature Genetics, 2008). Due credit and reputation for authors. Imagine a global collaborative knowledge base for original thoughts. Search thousands of articles and collaborate with scientists around the globe.

wikigene or wiki gene protein drug chemical gene disease author authorship tracking collaborative publishing evolutionary knowledge reputation system wiki2.0 global collaboration genes proteins drugs chemicals diseases compound
Hoffmann, R. A wiki for the life sciences where authorship matters. Nature Genetics (2008)

Absence of specific cell-surface binding of tissue plasminogen activator in uterine cells.

Tissue plasminogen activator (tPA), an arginine-specific serine protease, is an oestrogen-regulated protein in uterine and breast cancer tissue. It contains a domain which shares homology with epidermal growth factor ( EGF). The aim of the present study was to determine whether specific tPA receptors or EGF receptors mediate the binding of tPA to cells and whether tPA possesses intrinsic mitogenic activity. The binding of 125I-labelled tPA to rat uterine and liver membranes was shown to be non-specific and could not be displaced by unlabelled tPA or EGF. Furthermore, acid washing of cell membranes did not unmask specific tPA-binding sites. In contrast, 125I-labelled EGF binding to both rat uterine and liver membranes was displaced in a dose-dependent manner by unlabelled EGF, and Scatchard analysis of the binding data revealed dissociation constant (Kd) values of 2.4 and 0.71 nM respectively. Unlabelled tPA (up to 20,000-fold excess) did not displace 125I-labelled EGF binding to these membranes. A study of the binding of 125I-labelled tPA and 125I-labelled EGF to endometrial carcinoma cells (Ishikawa), cervical carcinoma cells (HOG-1) and vulval carcinoma cells (A431) showed that up to a 100-fold excess of EGF or a 1000-fold excess of tPA did not displace 125I-labelled tPA binding to these cells. In contrast, 125I-labelled EGF binding was displaced by unlabelled EGF (Kd values for Ishikawa and HOG-1 cells were 2.72 and 1.92 nM respectively) but not by unlabelled tPA (1000-fold excess).(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)[1]


  1. Absence of specific cell-surface binding of tissue plasminogen activator in uterine cells. Ayub, M., Jenkins, N., White, J.O. J. Mol. Endocrinol. (1990) [Pubmed]
WikiGenes - Universities