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Basic taste qualities like sour, salty, sweet, bitter and umami serve specific functions in identifying food components found in the diet of humans and animals, and are recognized by proteins in the oral cavity. Recognition of bitter taste and aversion to it are thought to protect the organism against the ingestion of poisonous food compounds, which are(More)
BACKGROUND AND MOTIVATION The Prokineticin receptor (PKR) 1 and 2 subtypes are novel members of family A GPCRs, which exhibit an unusually high degree of sequence similarity. Prokineticins (PKs), their cognate ligands, are small secreted proteins of ∼80 amino acids; however, non-peptidic low-molecular weight antagonists have also been identified. PKs and(More)
The identification of catalytic residues is an essential step in functional characterization of enzymes. We present a purely structural approach to this problem, which is motivated by the difficulty of evolution-based methods to annotate structural genomics targets that have few or no homologs in the databases. Our approach combines a state-of-the-art(More)
Purpose The side effects and sequelae related to anti-tumor therapy regularly result in extensive physical, psychosocial and mental impairments in the life of children after therapy of a brain tumor. Although some supportive therapies are available, there are still numerous unsolved chronic problems. Therefore innovative additional therapeutic approaches(More)
A polypeptide fraction isolated from the urine of normotensive subjects lowers the blood pressure (BP) in a rabbit bioassay (mean BP decrease 33.8% +/- 0.6%, SEM). Patients with primary hypertension exhibit reduced or no activity (mean BP decrease 8.8% +/- 1.2%). In contrast, patients with secondary forms of hypertension show activity like normotensives(More)
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