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We previously demonstrated that the NC1[alpha3(IV)185-191] CNYYSNS peptide inhibited in vivo tumor progression. The YSNS motif formed a beta turn crucial for biological activity. The aim of the present study was to design a YSNSG cyclopeptide with a constrained beta turn on the YSNS residues more stable than CNYYSNS. By nuclear magnetic resonance and(More)
In Drosophila, the establishment of dorsoventral polarity of the developing embryo depends on the expression of at least 11 maternally acting genes. Mutant females that lack any of these gene activities produce normally shaped eggs that develop into dorsalized embryos. The female sterile K10 mutation differs from these mutants, because in addition to the(More)
A new derivative of strychnopentamine was isolated from the leaves of Strychnos usambarensis. This compound, named chrysopentamine, was identified by detailed spectroscopic methods (UV, IR, HR-ESI-MS, 1D and 2D NMR). Chrysopentamine presented an original hydroxy substitution on C-14 and an aromatization of the ring D of strychnopentamine leading to(More)
The chemical analysis of the compounds present in dichloromethane and ethanolic fractions as well as bioassays enable to understand the differences in the durability of Eperua falcata and Eperua grandiflora. The main distinction between these two species is the acidic subfraction of diterpenoid extract, which is antifungal in Eperua falcata when tested(More)
Ifosfamide is a well known prodrug for cancer treatment with cytochrome P450 metabolism. It is associated with both antitumor activity and toxicities. Isophosphoramide mustard is the bisalkylating active metabolite, and acrolein is a urotoxic side product. Because acrolein toxicity is limited by coadministration of sodium mercaptoethanesulfonate, the(More)
Cholesterol and oxysterols are involved as key compounds in the development of severe neurodegenerative diseases and in neuroinflammation processes. Monitoring their concentration changes under pathological conditions is of interest to get insights into the role of lipids in diseases. For numerous years, liquid chromatography coupled to mass spectrometry(More)
Several groups have isolated cDNA clones encoding different thyroid hormone binding proteins, although in each case only one type of cDNA was characterized for a given tissue (1-5). We have found three different cDNAs in libraries prepared from mouse skeletal muscle tissue at different stages of development and from the mouse C2 muscle cell line. Two(More)
Five labdane diterpenoids, (3-5), zambesiacolactone A (7) and zambesiacolactone B (8), were isolated from the seeds of Aframomum zambesiacum (Baker) K. Schum., along with five known labdanes and a linear sesquiterpene, nerolidol. Their structures were elucidated by spectroscopic analysis. Their antiplasmodial activity was evaluated in vitro against(More)