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Creatine kinase in Xenopus laevis development : changes in enzyme activity and isozyme patterns Haswell, Polly

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The early developmental changes of creatine kinase have been described in Xenopus laevis, the South African clawed frog. The specific activity was low during early development and increased about 5-fold between stages 4-2 and 48. Isozyme I is present from the unfertilized egg to stage 42 (free-swimming larva), when isozyme II is first detected. Isozyme III first appeared in post-metamorphic frogs. Isozymes II and III have been localized in the muscle tissue, but isozyme II is absent in adult muscle tissue suggesting it may be a transient, embryonic form of CK. An attempt was made to induce the precocious appearance of isozyme III by treating premetamorphic tadpoles with triiodothyronine.

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