Clement Bewaji

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The properties of the membrane-bound calcium-pumping protein, the (Ca2+ + Mg2+)-ATPase (ATP phosphohydrolase, EC 3.6.1.3) were compared in erythrocyte ghosts isolated from five mammalian species--human (Homo sapiens), bovine (Bos taurus), porcine (Sus scrofa melitensis), ovine (Ovis aries crassicandus) and caprine (Capra hircus syriaca). The specific(More)
Over the past few decades, major advances in the field of molecular biology, coupled with advances in genomic technologies, have led to an explosive growth in the biological data generated by the scientific community. The critical need to process and analyze such a deluge of data and turn it into useful knowledge has caused bioinformatics to gain prominence(More)
The effects of 3,4-dihydro-2,2-dimethyl-2H-1-benzopyran-6-butyric acid (DBA), an antisickling agent, on the rates of Ca2+-dependent ATP hydrolysis by the human red cell (Ca2+ + Mg2+)-ATPase, have been studied in membranes (normal and sickle-cell) stripped of endogenous calmodulin. The activity of the enzyme is increased by DBA in a manner which is dependent(More)
Sickle cell disease (SCD) is a genetic blood disorder that affects the shape and transportation of red blood cells (RBCs) in blood vessels, leading to various clinical complications. Many drugs that are available for treating the disease are insufficiently effective, toxic, or too expensive. Therefore, there is a pressing need for safe, effective, and(More)
The active transport of Ca across the membrane of sarcoplasmic reticulum has received much attention for several decades from biochemical and biophysical points of view. The protein composition of this membrane system has been extensively studied and four major proteins have been identified. The molecular mechanisms by which the chemical energy of ATP(More)
The effect of thapsigargin on the activation by partial proteolysis of the plasma membrane Ca(2+)-ATPase was studied in intact human erythrocyte membranes and in the purified enzyme. The enzyme was maximally activated in the absence of thapsigargin within 1 min of exposure to trypsin. However, in the presence of thapsigargin maximal activation was achieved(More)
1. The kinetic and physicochemical properties of the calcium-pumping protein, (Ca2+ + Mg2+)-ATPase (ATP phosphohydrolase, EC 3.6.1.3) were studied in ghost membranes isolated from porcine erythrocytes. 2. The membrane-bound enzyme in situ has a specific activity of 3.12 +/- 0.08 micron/mg protein/hr and a Vmax of 3.47 +/- 0.21 mumol/mg protein/hr in the(More)
The Ca2+-pumping ATPase (Ca2+-ATPase) was purified from human and pig erythrocyte membranes by calmodulin affinity chromatography in the presence of phosphatidylcholine. The amount of enzyme present in pig erythrocytes is at least 7 times greater than that isolated from human erythrocyte ghosts. However, the properties of the enzyme from the two species are(More)
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE Adansonia digitata L. Baobab (Bombacaceae) solvent extracts have been reported to possess medicinal properties and are currently been used traditionally for the treatment of malaria and several other diseases and infection; however few reports exist in literature that provides supportive scientific evidence in favour of its(More)
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