András Perczel

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Vaccinia virus complement control protein (VCP) is a 243-residue protein that is similar in sequence to the regulators of complement activation; its role is to defend the virus against attack by the host complement system. A fragment of this protein spanning the two complement protein (CP)-modules (residues 126 to 243) which make up the C-terminal half of(More)
A new algorithm, called convex constraint analysis, has been developed to deduce the chiral contribution of the common secondary structures directly from experimental CD curves of a large number of proteins. The analysis is based on CD data reported by Yang, J.T., Wu, C.-S.C. and Martinez, H.M. [Methods Enzymol., 130, 208-269 (1986)]. Application of the(More)
The novel basic, heat-stable tubulin polymerization promoting protein TPPP/p25 is associated with microtubules in vitro and can induce the formation of aberrant microtubule assemblies. We show by 1H-NMR spectroscopy that TPPP/p25 is natively unfolded. Antisera against peptide 186GKGKAGRVDLVDESG200NH2 (186-200) are highly specific to TPPP/p25.(More)
Monogenic disorders result from defects in a single gene. According to Mendel's laws, these disorders are inherited in either a recessive or dominant fashion. Autosomal-recessive disorders require a disease-causing variant on both alleles, and according to our current understanding, their pathogenicities are not influenced by each other. Here we present an(More)
Due to the time scale of circular dichroism (CD) measurements, it is theoretically possible to deconvolute such a spectrum if the pure CD spectra differ significantly from one another. In the last decade several methods have been published aiming at obtaining the conformational weights, or percentages (which are the coefficients for a linear combination) of(More)
The formation of a disulfide bond between adjacent cysteine residues is accompanied by the formation of a tight turn of the protein backbone. In nearly 90% of the structures analyzed a type VIII turn was found. The peptide bond between the two cysteines is in a distorted trans conformation, the omega torsion angle ranges from 159 to -133 degrees, with an(More)
Tubulin polymerization promoting protein/p25 (TPPP/p25) modulates the dynamics and stability of the microtubule system and plays crucial role in the myelination of oligodendrocytes. Here we showed by CD, fluorescence, and NMR spectroscopies that Zn(2+) is the first ligand that induces considerable rearrangement of the disordered TPPP/p25. Zinc finger motif(More)
A recently developed algorithm, called Convex Constraint Analysis (CCA), was successfully applied to determine the circular dichroism (CD) spectra of the pure beta-pleated sheet in globular proteins. On the basis of X-ray diffraction determined secondary structures, the original data set used (Perczel, A., Hollosi, M., Tusnady, G. Fasman, G.D. Convex(More)
The solution structure of three small serine proteinase inhibitors, two natural and one engineered protein, SGCI (Schistocerca gregaria chymotrypsin inhibitor), SGCI[L30R, K31M] and SGTI (Schistocerca gregaria trypsin inhibitor), were determined by homonuclear NMR-spectroscopy. The molecules exhibit different specificities towards target proteinases, where(More)
We have previously shown that a trypsin inhibitor from desert locust Schistocerca gregaria (SGTI) is a taxon-specific inhibitor that inhibits arthropod trypsins, such as crayfish trypsin, five orders of magnitude more effectively than mammalian trypsins. Thermal denaturation experiments, presented here, confirm the inhibition kinetics studies; upon addition(More)