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The defensins knowledgebase is a manually curated database and information source focused on the defensin family of antimicrobial peptides. The current version of the database holds a comprehensive collection of over 350 defensin records each containing sequence, structure and activity information. A web-based interface provides access to the information(More)
Magnetotactic bacteria (MTB) synthesize magnetosomes, which are intracellular vesicles comprising a magnetic particle. A series of magnetosomes arrange themselves in chains to form a magnetic dipole that enables the cell to orient itself along the Earth's magnetic field. MamK, an actin-like homolog of MreB has been identified as a central component in this(More)
protein p53 regulates the fate of cells [1]. Blagosklonny and his colleagues [2], and others [3] in a series of studies have been using the non-genotoxic p53 activator, Nutlin-3a, to understand further how p53 induction can determine whether cells arrest die or senesce. In earlier work the p53 dependence of cell cycle arrest, apoptosis, autophagy and(More)
FHA domains are well established as phospho-dependent binding modules mediating signal transduction in Ser/Thr kinase signaling networks in both eukaryotic and prokaryotic species. Although they are unique in binding exclusively to phosphothreonine, the basis for this discrimination over phosphoserine has remained elusive. Here, we attempt to dissect(More)
Isocitrate Dehydrogenases (IDHs) are important enzymes present in all living cells. Three subfamilies of functionally dimeric IDHs (subfamilies I, II, III) are known. Subfamily I are well-studied bacterial IDHs, like that of Escherischia coli. Subfamily II has predominantly eukaryotic members, but it also has several bacterial members, many being pathogens(More)
HDM2 binds to the p53 tumour suppressor and targets it for proteosomal degradation. Presently in clinical trials, the small molecule Nutlin-3A competitively binds to HDM2 and abrogates its repressive function. Using a novel in vitro selection methodology, we simulated the emergence of resistance by evolving HDM2 mutants capable of binding p53 in the(More)
  • Andrzej M Brzozowski, Eleanor J Dodson, Guy G Dodson, Garib N Murshudov, Chandra Verma, Johan P Turkenburg +2 others
  • 2002
Human insulin-like growth factors I and II (hIGF-I, hIGF-II) are potent stimulators of cell and growth processes. They display high sequence similarity to both the A and B chains of insulin but contain an additional connecting C-domain, which reflects their secretion without specific packaging or precursor conversion. IGFs also have an extension at the(More)
BACKGROUND The tumour suppressor protein p53 protein has a core domain that binds DNA and is the site for most oncogenic mutations. This domain is quite unstable compared to its homologs p63 and p73. Two key residues in the core domain of p53 (Tyr236, Thr253), have been mutated in-silico, to their equivalent residues in p63 (Phe238 and Ile255) and p73(More)