Deborah L. Heyl

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Human islet amyloid polypeptide (hIAPP) forms cytotoxic fibrils in type-2 diabetes and insulin is known to inhibit formation of these aggregates. In this study, a series of insulin-based inhibitors were synthesized and assessed for their ability to slow aggregation and impact hIAPP-induced membrane damage. Computational studies were employed to examine the(More)
Due to increasing resistance of bacteria to traditional antibiotics, antimicrobial peptides are being investigated as a promising alternative. Tachyplesin, an antimicrobial peptide isolated from horseshoe crab, inhibits the growth of many different types of bacteria with its ability to permeabilize the cell membrane. Starting with a previously reported(More)
The previously described cyclic, delta opioid receptor-selective tetrapeptide H-Tyr-D-Cys-Phe-D-Pen-OH, where Pen, penicillamine, is beta-beta-dimethylcysteine, was modified at residues 2 and 4 by varying combinations of D- and L-Cys and D- and L-Pen, and effects on mu and delta opioid receptor binding affinities and on potency in the mouse vas deferens(More)
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