Andris Zeltins

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Cocksfoot mottle virus is a plant virus that belongs to the genus Sobemovirus. The structure of the virus has been determined at 2.7 A resolution. The icosahedral capsid has T = 3 quasisymmetry and 180 copies of the coat protein. Except for a couple of stacked bases, the viral RNA is not visible in the electron density map. The coat protein has a jelly-roll(More)
Over the last three decades, virus-like particles (VLPs) have evolved to become a widely accepted technology, especially in the field of vaccinology. In fact, some VLP-based vaccines are currently used as commercial medical products, and other VLP-based products are at different stages of clinical study. Several remarkable advantages have been achieved in(More)
Gamma-butyrobetaine hydroxylase (GBBH) is a 2-ketoglutarate-dependent dioxygenase that catalyzes the biosynthesis of l-carnitine by hydroxylation of gamma-butyrobetaine (GBB). l-carnitine is required for the transport of long-chain fatty acids into mitochondria for generating metabolic energy. The only known synthetic inhibitor of GBBH is mildronate(More)
The crystal structure of the sobemovirus Ryegrass mottle virus (RGMoV) has been determined at 2.9 A resolution. The coat protein has a canonical jellyroll beta-sandwich fold. In comparison to other sobemoviruses the RGMoV coat protein is missing several residues in two of the loop regions. The first loop contributes to contacts between subunits around the(More)
Virus-like particle (VLP) technology represents a promising approach for the creation of efficient vaccines and materials for use in nanotechnological applications. For construction of a new carrier for foreign protein sequences, the coat protein (CP) gene from potato virus Y (PVY) was cloned and expressed in Escherichia coli cells. The PVY CP(More)
The dynamics of the motile magnetotactic bacterium Magnetospirillum gryphiswaldense in a rotating magnetic field is investigated experimentally and analyzed by a theoretical model. These elongated bacteria are propelled by single flagella at each bacterial end and contain a magnetic filament formed by a linear assembly of approximately 40 ferromagnetic(More)
Virus-like particles (VLPs) are multisubunit self-assembly competent protein structures with identical or highly related overall structure to their corresponding native viruses. To construct a new filamentous VLP carrier, the coat protein (CP) gene from potato virus M (PVM) was amplified from infected potato plants, cloned, and expressed in Escherichia coli(More)
In the course of sobemovirus gene cloning the complete genome of Ryegrass mottle virus (RGMoV) was sequenced. Sequence analysis revealed differences including missing and extraneous nucleotides in comparison to the previously published sequence (Zhang, Toriyama, Takanashi, J. Gen. Plant Pathol. 67, 63 (2001)). A gene coding for a typical sobemovirus 3C-like(More)
Milbemycins are macrolide antibiotics with a broad spectrum of nematocidal, insecticidal, and acaricidal activity. To obtain milbemycin A₃/A₄ derivatives suitable for chemical conjugation to protein carriers (milbemycin haptens), succinate linker and a novel 17-atom-long linker containing a terminal carboxylic acid group were attached to the milbemycin core(More)
Dynamics of superparamagnetic rods in crossed constant and alternating magnetic fields as a function of field frequency are studied and it is shown that above the critical value of the amplitude of the alternating field the rod oscillates around the direction of the alternating field. The fit of the experimentally measured time dependence of the mean(More)