Learn More
Discovery of proteins expressed in the central nervous system sharing the three-finger structure with snake α-neurotoxins provoked much interest to their role in brain functions. Prototoxin LYNX1, having homology both to Ly6 proteins and three-finger neurotoxins, is the first identified member of this family membrane-tethered by a GPI anchor, which(More)
TGFbeta signaling is initiated by binding of growth factor ligand to two related single-pass transmembrane receptor serine/threonine kinases, known as the TGFbeta type I (TbetaRI) and type II (TbetaRII-ED) receptors. TbetaRII-ED is essential for all TGFbeta-induced signals. The DNA sequence encoding the extracellular domain of human TbetaRII-ED(More)
The effective synthesis of the envelope antigen F1 of Y. pestis in E. coli HB101 is mediated by the expression of the caf1M gene. This gene was sequenced, and the protein encoded was found to have a significant homology with the chaperone protein PapD of uropathogenic E. coli. The data presented allow one to suppose Caf1M and PapD proteins perform similar(More)
TRAIL (tumor necrosis factor-related apoptosis-inducing ligand) mediates apoptosis in cancer cells through death receptors DR4 and DR5 preferring often one receptor over another in the cells expressing both receptors. Receptor selective mutant variants of TRAIL and agonistic antibodies against DR4 and DR5 are highly promising anticancer agents. Here using(More)
Prothymosin alpha has previously been shown to be unfolded at neutral pH, thus belonging to a growing family of "natively unfolded" proteins. The structural properties and conformational stability of recombinant human prothymosin alpha were characterized at neutral and acidic pH by gel filtration, SAXS, circular dichroism, ANS fluorescence, (1)H NMR, and(More)
The denaturation of some globular proteins by Gu-HCl shows a non-simultaneous change of different optical properties: the CD spectrum in near UV (aromatic) region changes at smaller concentrations of Gu-HCl than the CD spectrum in far UV (peptide) region [l--4]. This suggests the existence of stable, partly denatured (intermediate) forms of these proteins(More)
We describe a novel physical state of a protein molecule which is nearly as compact as the native state and has pronounced secondary structure, but differs from the native state by the large increase of thermal fluctuations (in particular, by the large mobility of side groups). This state has been characterized in detail for the acid form of bovine(More)
Human recombinant prothymosin alpha (ProTalpha) is known to have coil-like conformation at neutral pH; i.e., it belongs to the class of "natively unfolded" proteins. By means of circular dichroism, SAXS, and ANS fluorescence, we have investigated the effect of several divalent cations on the structure of this protein. Results of these studies are consistent(More)
To examine the influence of contact order and stability on the refolding rate constant for two-state proteins, we have analysed the folding kinetics of the small beta-alpha-beta protein S6 and two of its circular permutants with relative contact orders of 0.19, 0.15 and 0.12. Data reveal a small but significant increase of the refolding rate constant (log(More)
A cytochrome c mutant lacking apoptogenic function but competent in electron transfer and antioxidant activities has been constructed. To this end, mutant species of horse and yeast cytochromes c with substitutions in the N-terminal alpha-helix or position 72 were obtained. It was found that yeast cytochrome c was much less effective than the horse protein(More)