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Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 1975 Jan;72(1):11-5.

Isolation of a polypeptide that has lymphocyte-differentiating properties and is probably represented universally in living cells.

Abstract

A polypeptide of 8500 molecular weight is described that induces the differentiation of T (thymus-derived) cell and B (bone-marrow-derived) cell immunocytes in vitro, apparently via beta-adrenergic receptors and adenylate cyclase activation. This polypeptide shows a high degree of evolutionary conservation, exhibiting close structural, functional, and immunological similarity when isolated from such diverse origins as cells of mammals and higher plants. This polypeptide was detected in animal cells, yeast, bacteria, and higher plants, and so may well be a universal constituent of living cells.

PMID:
1078892
PMCID:
PMC432229
DOI:
10.1073/pnas.72.1.11
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