Andrej Francky

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Acid, guanidinium-Cl and urea denaturations of recombinant human macrophage migration inhibitory factor (MIF) were measured using CD and fluorimetry. The acid-induced denaturation was followed by CD at 200, 222, and 278 nm and by tryptophan fluorescence. All four probes revealed an acid-denatured state below pH 3 which resembled a typical molten globule.(More)
Recombinant lamb chymosin (RLC) was prepared and tested for its potential use in cheese production. The milk clotting activity and proteolytic activity of RLC were evaluated in comparison with commercial recombinant calf chymosin (RCC), cow rennet (CR), and microbial coagulant (MC). RLC, RCC, and MC showed similar responses to pH, with a sharp increase of(More)
We have expressed the human macrophage migration inhibitory factor (MIF) in Escherichia coli using the pKP 1500 expression plasmid, which contains the tac promoter and a temperature-sensitive origin of replication, to ensure a high plasmid copy number at elevated temperatures. The recombinant protein accumulated intracellularly in soluble form. We have(More)
Macrophage Migration Inhibitory Factor (MIF) is a crucial component of the immune system acting together with glucocorticosteroids to regulate immunity and inflammation. Understanding of its many putative functions and action mechanisms is still ambiguous. Due to the newest findings that a local MIF expression is up regulated in allograft rejection and in(More)
Position 36p in the propeptides of gastric aspartic proteinases is generally occupied by lysine or arginine. This has led to the conclusion that a basic residue at this position, which interacts with the active-site aspartates, is essential for folding and activation of the zymogen. Lamb prochymosin has been shown by cDNA cloning to possess glutamic acid at(More)
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