Aspasia Spyridaki

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An oxygen evolving photosystem II core complex containing all three extrinsic proteins (33, 23, 17 kDa) was isolated from spinach and reconstituted into tubular two-dimensional crystals of 72.9 nm diameter and 1-2 micrometers length. While the 17 and 23 kDa polypeptides were lost during crystallization, the extrinsic 33 kDa protein was retained. The optical(More)
Capsaicin, a natural quinone analog, was found to block electron transport, in both plant photosystem II (PSII) and bacterial reaction center (RC) from Rhodobacter sphaeroides, at the QB site. The mode of action of capsaicin was investigated by O2 evolution measurements and fluoresence induction studies in the case of PSII, and flash-induced absorbance(More)
We have determined the crystal structure of the PvuII endonuclease in the presence of Mg(2+). According to the structural data, divalent metal ion binding in the PvuII subunits is highly asymmetric. The PvuII-Mg(2+) complex has two distinct metal ion binding sites, one in each monomer. One site is formed by the catalytic residues Asp58 and Glu68, and has(More)
AIM To compare the associations of several anthropometric indices (i.e. waist circumference [WC], waist-to-height ratio, body mass index (BMI) and waist-to-hip ratio) with the insulin resistance (IR) proxy measures in Greek schoolchildren. METHODS A random sample of 248 children was used. Fasting plasma glucose and serum insulin levels were measured. IR(More)
Adiponectin (ADPN) is an adipokine with significant anti-inflammatory, insulin-sensitizing and anti-atherogenic properties, which is generally associated with a beneficial cardiometabolic profile. Paradoxically, end-stage renal disease (ESRD) is characterized by markedly increased plasma ADPN levels and increased cardiovascular risk. In spite of the(More)
Purpose – This paper aims to assess the prevalence of vitamin D deficiency among female university students and employees at the Hashemite University (HU) and, then, to identify risk factors for developing vitamin D deficiency among this population. Vitamin D deficiency remains widespread in many countries, including Jordan, and has been linked to many(More)
The Rop protein is the paradigm of a highly regular four-alpha-helix bundle and as such has been subject to numerous structural and mutagenesis studies. Crystals of a designed Rop variant which establishes a continuous heptad pattern through the bend region have been obtained by a combination of vapour-diffusion and seeding techniques. The crystals diffract(More)
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