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Transketolase (TK) reactions play a crucial role in tumor cell nucleic acid ribose synthesis utilizing glucose carbons, yet, current cancer treatments do not target this central pathway. Experimentally, a dramatic decrease in tumor cell proliferation after the administration of the TK inhibitor oxythiamine (OT) was observed in several in vitro and in vivo(More)
Brain cell-free extract greatly stimulates the polymerization rate of purified tubulin with a reduction of the nucleation period and without a significant alteration of the final assembly state. This effect is mimicked by neuroblastoma extract at 10-fold lower extract concentration, but not by excess muscle extract. Copper inhibits microtubule assembly in(More)
Experimental and model studies have been performed to characterize the control properties of hexokinase and phosphofructokinase in muscle glycolysis and to examine the nature of error associated with experimental flux control coefficient determinations. Different approaches of metabolic control analysis, classical titration, co-response analysis and kinetic(More)
Dissociation of purified phosphofructokinase accompanied with inactivation was analyzed in the absence and presence of aldolase and the data were compared with those obtained with muscle extract. The kinetics of the decrease in enzymatic activity was highly dependent on the dilution factor in both cases, but the inactivation appeared to be biphasic only(More)
A new semisynthetic anti-tumour bis-indol compound, KAR-2 [3'-(beta-chloroethyl)-2',4'-dioxo-3,5'-spiro-oxazolidino-4-dea cetoxy-vinblastine] with lower toxicity than vinca alkaloids used in chemotherapy binds to calmodulin but, in contrast to vinblastine, does not exhibit anti-calmodulin activity. To investigate whether the modest chemical modification of(More)
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