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Nitrergic myenteric neurons are especially susceptible to the development of neuropathy in functional gastrointestinal disorders. Investigations of the similarities and dissimilarities in the organization of nitrergic neurons in the various mammalian species are therefore important in an effort to determine the extent to which the results obtained in different animal models can be generalized. In the present work, the density and the spatial organization of the nitrergic neurons in the myenteric plexus of the duodenum were investigated in 7 mammalian species. After nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide phosphate diaphorase (NADPH-d) histochemistry, the Plexus Pattern Analysis software (PPAs) was applied to count the nuclei of nitrergic neurons, calculate the proportions of the areas covered by the plexus and perform randomization analysis. All 7 species exhibited a large population of nitrergic myenteric neurons, with densities in the range 12–56 cells/mm 2 . The distribution patterns of these neurons differed markedly in the different species, however, the rat was the only species in which the nitrergic neurons appeared to be randomly distributed. The PPAs in conjunction with NADPH-d histochemistry proved to be a simple and fast tool with which to reveal similarities and dissimilarities in the spatial arrangement of the nitrergic neurons in the different species.

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Acta Biologica Hungarica
Andrea Valasek
Írisz Éva Kiss
István Fodor
Márk Kovács
Péter Urbán
Éva Jámbor
Csaba Fekete
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Ildikó Kerepesi

Saccharomonospora azurea SZMC 14600 is a member of the family Pseudonocardiaceae exclusively used for industrial scale production of primycin a large 36-membered non-polyene macrolide lactone antibiotic belonging to the polyketide class of natural products. Even though maximum antibiotic yield has been achieved by empirically optimized two-step fermentation process, little is known about the molecular components and mechanisms underlying the efficient antibiotic production. In order to identify differentially expressed proteins (DEPs) between the pre- and main-fermentation stages of primycin, comparative 2D-PAGE experiments were performed. In total, 98 DEP spots were reproducibly detected, out of which four spots were excised from gels, and identified through MALDI-TOF/TOF mass spectrometry. Peptide mass fingerprint analysis revealed peptide matches to HicB antitoxin for the HicAB toxin-antitoxin system (EHK86651), to a nucleoside diphosphate kinase regulator ((Ndk; EHK81899) and two other proteins with unknown function (EHK88946 and EHK86777).

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