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Agouti polypeptide compositions

United States Patent

October 30, 2001
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Disclosed are methods and compositions comprising novel agouti polypeptides and the polynucleotides which encode them. Also disclosed are DNA segments encoding these proteins derived from human and murine cell lines, and the use of these polynucleotides and polypeptides in a variety of diagnostic and therapeutic applications. Methods, compositions, kits, and devices are also provided for identifying compounds which are inhibitors of agouti activity, and for altering fatty acid synthetase activity and intracellular calcium levels in transformed cells.
Woychik; Richard P. (Orinda, CA), Bultman; Scott J. (Lakewood, OH), Michaud; Edward J. (Kingston, TN)
UT-Battelle, LLC (Oak Ridge, TN)
09/ 034,088
March 3, 1998
The United States government has rights in the present invention pursuant to a grant from the Department of Energy.