Davor Pavlović

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We show that hepatitis C virus (HCV) p7 protein forms ion channels in black lipid membranes. HCV p7 ion channels are inhibited by long-alkyl-chain iminosugar derivatives, which have antiviral activity against the HCV surrogate bovine viral diarrhea virus. HCV p7 presents a potential target for antiviral therapy.
FXYD1 (phospholemman), the primary sarcolemmal kinase substrate in the heart, is a regulator of the cardiac sodium pump. We investigated phosphorylation of FXYD1 peptides by purified kinases using HPLC, mass spectrometry, and Edman sequencing, and FXYD1 phosphorylation in cultured adult rat ventricular myocytes treated with PKA and PKC agonists by(More)
FXYD1 is a transmembrane protein predominantly expressed in excitable tissues that associates with and regulates Na/K ATPase. PKA phosphorylates FXYD1 at serine 68 (S68), however, the effects of phosphorylation on Na/K ATPase activity are not fully characterized. The objectives of this study were to characterize Na/K ATPase currents in FXYD1 wild-type (WT)(More)
Glucocorticoids are potent anti-inflammatory and immunosuppressive agents. As endogenous inhibitors of cytokine synthesis, glucocorticoids suppress immune activation and uncontrolled overproduction of cytokines, preventing tissue injury. Also, polyamine spermine is endogenous inhibitor of cytokine production (inhibiting IL-1, IL-6 and TNF synthesis). The(More)
Cardiac Na/K-ATPase (NKA) is regulated by its accessory protein phospholemman (PLM). Whereas kinase-induced PLM phosphorylation has been shown to mediate NKA stimulation, the role of endogenous phosphatases is presently unknown. We investigated the role of protein phosphatase-1 (PP-1) on PLM phosphorylation and NKA activity in rat cardiomyocytes and failing(More)
AIMS Elevation of intracellular Na in the failing myocardium contributes to contractile dysfunction, the negative force-frequency relationship, and arrhythmias. Although phospholemman (PLM) is recognized to form the link between signalling pathways and Na/K pump activity, the possibility that defects in its regulation contribute to elevation of(More)
Glucocorticoids (GC) are used widely for the treatment of patients with various disorders, including autoimmune diseases, allergies, and lymphoproliferative disorders. Glucocorticoid therapy is often limited by several adverse reactions associated with GC excess. Excess GC can elicit a variety of symptoms and signs, including growth retardation in children;(More)
The oxidative damage of proteins and lipid peroxidation of membrane lipoproteins has already been described as a possible pathogenic mechanism for liver injury. The aim of the present study was to examine the mechanism that could be responsible for the oxidative modification of rat liver 5'-nucleotidase during exposure to different free radical generating(More)
Matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) are proteolytic enzymes that are involved in a variety of physiological and pathological processes, including those in CNS. In this study, plasma values of MMP-3 and MMP-9 have been compared in clinically isolated syndrome (CIS) and relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS) patients during their acute attacks, in(More)
As the only quantitatively significant Na efflux pathway from cardiac cells, the Na/K ATPase (Na pump) is the primary regulator of intracellular Na. The transmembrane Na gradient it establishes is essential for normal electrical excitability, numerous coupled-transport processes and, as the driving force for Na/Ca exchange, thus setting cardiac Ca load and(More)