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Zalypsis is a new synthetic alkaloid tetrahydroisoquinoline antibiotic that has a reactive carbinolamine group. This functionality can lead to the formation of a covalent bond with the amino group of selected guanines in the DNA double helix, both in the absence and in the presence of methylated cytosines. The resulting complex is additionally stabilized by(More)
Two sets of muscle polypeptides showing calcium-binding capacity and intense labelling in vivo with 32P were purified and characterized from Drosophila melanogaster adult extracts. The polypeptides exhibit crossed immunoreactivity and share similar biochemical properties such as those involved in purification. They have been identified as isoforms of(More)
In Drosophila melanogaster two high molecular weight tropomyosin isoforms, historically named heavy troponins (TnH-33 and TnH-34), are encoded by the Tm1 tropomyosin gene. They are specifically expressed in the indirect flight muscles (IFM). Their N-termini are conventional and complete tropomyosin sequences, but their C-termini consist of different(More)
Trabectedin (Yondelis; ET-743) is a potent anticancer drug that binds to DNA by forming a covalent bond with a guanine in one strand and one or more hydrogen bonds with the opposite strand. Using a fluorescence-based melting assay, we show that one single trabectedin-DNA adduct increases the thermal stability of the double helix by >20 degrees C. As deduced(More)
SELEX procedure is a methodology in which single stranded oligonucleotides are selected from a wide variety of sequences based on their interaction with a target molecule. We have designed a novel SELEX methodology using colloidal gold to select high affinity single stranded DNA aptamers against Leishmania infantum KMP-11. Kinetoplastid membrane protein-11(More)
The marine natural product thiocoraline A displayed approximately equal cytotoxic activity at nanomolar concentrations in a panel of 12 human cancer cell lines. X-ray diffraction analyses of orthorhombic crystals of this DNA-binding drug revealed arrays of docked pairs of staple-shaped molecules in which one pendent hydroxyquinoline chromophore from each(More)
The NATO interoperability experimentation, testing and validation (IETV) reference test bed is part of a capability in support of NATO expeditionary operations interoperability assessment and improvement. The IETV addresses the complete mission life-cycle, from planning to pre-deployment, and all functional levels, from transmission to user applications and(More)