Boguslaw Stec

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Influenza virus remains a serious health threat, owing to its ability to evade immune surveillance through rapid genetic drift and reassortment. Here we used a human non-immune antibody phage-display library and the H5 hemagglutinin ectodomain to select ten neutralizing antibodies (nAbs) that were effective against all group 1 influenza viruses tested,(More)
The death inducing signalling complex (DISC) formed by Fas receptor, FADD (Fas-associated death domain protein) and caspase 8 is a pivotal trigger of apoptosis. The Fas-FADD DISC represents a receptor platform, which once assembled initiates the induction of programmed cell death. A highly oligomeric network of homotypic protein interactions comprised of(More)
In sequenced genomes, protein coding regions with unassigned function constitute between 10 and 50% of all open reading frames. Often key enzymes cannot be identified using sequence homology searches. For example, despite the fact that methanogens have an apparently functional gluconeogenesis pathway, standard tools have been unable to identify a(More)
Lipoxygenases, which are widely distributed among plant and animal species, are Fe-containing dioxygenases that act on lipids containing (Z,Z)-pentadiene moieties in the synthesis of compounds with a variety of functions. Utilizing an improved strategy of data collection, low temperature, and synchrotron radiation of short wavelength, the structure of(More)
The crystal structure of the light-harvesting protein phycocyanin from the cyanobacterium Cyanidium caldarium with novel crystal packing has been solved at 1.65-A resolution. The structure has been refined to an R value of 18.3% with excellent backbone and side-chain stereochemical parameters. In crystals of phycocyanin used in this study, the hexamers are(More)
Inositol monophosphatase (EC in hyperthermophilic archaea is thought to play a role in the biosynthesis of di-myo-inositol-1,1'-phosphate (DIP), an osmolyte unique to hyperthermophiles. The Methanococcus jannaschii MJ109 gene product, the sequence of which is substantially homologous to that of human inositol monophosphatase, exhibits inositol(More)
The complement membrane attack complex (MAC) is formed by the sequential assembly of C5b with four homologous proteins as follows: one copy each of C6, C7, and C8 and 12-14 copies of C9. Together these form a lytic pore in bacterial membranes. C6 through C9 comprise a MAC-perforin domain flanked by 4-9 "auxiliary" domains. Here, we report the crystal(More)
A high resolution crystal structure of Escherichia coli alkaline phosphatase in the presence of vanadate has been refined to 1.9 A resolution. The vanadate ion takes on a trigonal bipyramidal geometry and is covalently bound by the active site serine nucleophile. A coordinated water molecule occupies the axial position opposite the serine nucleophile,(More)
Here, X-ray crystallography has been used to investigate the proposed double in-line displacement mechanism of Escherichia coli alkaline phosphatase in which two of the three active-site metal ions have a direct role in catalysis. Two new X-ray crystal structures of the wild-type enzyme in the absence and presence of inorganic phosphate have been refined at(More)
Poxviruses encode immuno-modulatory proteins capable of subverting host defenses. The poxvirus vaccinia expresses a small 14-kDa protein, N1L, that is critical for virulence. We report the crystal structure of N1L, which reveals an unexpected but striking resemblance to host apoptotic regulators of the B cell lymphoma-2 (Bcl-2) family. Although N1L lacks(More)