Erik Jonsson

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Drug metabolism studies in the early phases of drug discovery and development will improve the selection of new chemical entities that will be successful in clinical trials. To meet the expanding demands for these studies on the numerous chemicals generated through combinatorial chemistry, we have heterologously expressed nine human drug-metabolizing(More)
Cytochrome P450 1B1 (CYP1B1) is a human extrahepatic P450 that activates procarinogens, metabolizes 17beta-estradiol, and may well have a role in the pathogenesis of some forms of cancer. Besides rare deleterious mutations reported for the CYP1B1 gene, six single-nucleotide polymorphisms have been reported, of which four cause amino acid exchanges. We have(More)
Bacterial superantigens (SAgs) are potent activators of T lymphocytes and play a pathophysiological role in Gram-positive septic shock and food poisoning. To characterize potential MHC class II binding sites of the bacterial SAg staphylococcal enterotoxin (SE) A, we performed alanine substitution mutagenesis throughout the C-terminus and at selected sites(More)
The molecular motors kinesin and dynein drive bidirectional motility along microtubules (MTs) in most eukaryotic cells. Land plants, however, are a notable exception, because they contain a large number of kinesins but lack cytoplasmic dynein, the foremost processive retrograde transporter. It remains unclear how plants achieve retrograde cargo transport(More)
Gastric adenocarcinoma is a major health problem world-wide, as this is the second most common cause of cancer death in the world. It has been estimated that infection by Helicobacter pylori cause at least half of the gastric cancers. Previously, we have demonstrated that H. pylori antigens directly activate NK cells to secrete IFN-γ. There is also a marked(More)
Streptococcal proteinase was shown to belong to a group of enzymes such as trypsin, chymotrypsin, and subtilisin that exhibit a high ratio of esterase to peptidase activity. In this respect, streptococcal proteinase is different from other sulfhydryl enzymes, such as papain and ficin, and also different from pepsin. These enzymes hydrolyze a specific ester(More)
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