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The topology predictor SPLIT 4.0 (http://pref.etfos.hr) predicts the sequence location of transmembrane helices by performing an automatic selection of optimal amino acid attribute and corresponding preference functions. The best topological model is selected by choosing the highest absolute bias parameter that combines the bias in basic charge motifs and(More)
From the lysosomal cysteine proteinase cathepsin B, isolated from human liver in its two-chain form, monoclinic crystals were obtained which contain two molecules per asymmetric unit. The molecular structure was solved by a combination of Patterson search and heavy atom replacement methods (simultaneously with rat cathepsin B) and refined to a(More)
The preference functions method is described for prediction of membrane-buried helices in membrane proteins. Preference for the alpha-helix conformation of amino acid residue in a sequence is a non-linear function of average hydrophobicity of its sequence neighbors. Kyte-Doolittle hydropathy values are used to extract preference functions from a training(More)
It is often presumed that the main role of hormone binding to albumins and binding proteins (BPs) is to reduce oscillating levels of free hormone molecules and to transport steroid hormones. This paper is an attempt to define possible consequences of hormone molecules binding to carrier proteins in circulation. Binding to albumins and BPs prevents exact and(More)
A model of the origin of modern humans through several population bottlenecks caused by glacial cycles and cold-arid periods was used as a frame for describing occurrence of unique physiological characteristics. Occurrence of regular evening food sharing among the hominid group members improved their chances of finding food the next day. It allowed slow(More)
For decades we are used to judge our body composition by using the body mass index (BMI). Since the BMI denominator can be considered as a substitute for body surface area (BSA), the body mass/body surface ratio (BM/BSA) can be calculated. For a distribution of BM/BSA values comparable to the distribution of normal BMI values, the range 35.5-39.9 kg/m2 is(More)
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