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The protein core of high mol. wt polymorphic epithelial mucin (PEM--approximately 400 kDa glycoprotein) which is associated with breast carcinomas, consists of a repeating 20 amino acid peptide motif [Gendler et al. (1988) J. biol. Chem. 263, 12,820-12,823]. Monoclonal antibodies C595 (anti-urinary mucin) and NCRC-11 (anti-breast carcinoma cells), and other(More)
The structural clues of substrate recognition by calpain are incompletely understood. In this study, 106 cleavage sites in substrate proteins compiled from the literature have been analyzed to dissect the signal for calpain cleavage and also to enable the design of an ideal calpain substrate and interfere with calpain action via site-directed mutagenesis.(More)
The novel basic, heat-stable tubulin polymerization promoting protein TPPP/p25 is associated with microtubules in vitro and can induce the formation of aberrant microtubule assemblies. We show by 1H-NMR spectroscopy that TPPP/p25 is natively unfolded. Antisera against peptide 186GKGKAGRVDLVDESG200NH2 (186-200) are highly specific to TPPP/p25.(More)
The acid labile derivative of Daunomycin cis-aconityl Daunomycin (cAD), was coupled to an amphoteric polypeptide, poly[Lys-(Glui-DL-Alam)] (EAK), which was selected for conjugation on the basis of its pharmacological and immunological properties. The systemic toxicity of covalently attached Daunomycin was studied by monitoring body weight, life-span, bone(More)
The peptide C A P D T R P A P G has been linked covalently to defined branched polypeptides with a polylysine backbone and side chains of DL-alanine or D-leucine-DL-alanine oligopeptides. The peptide was coupled via its N terminal cysteine to the side chains of the macromolecular carrier to ensure uniform orientation. The compounds were subjected to(More)
Protein kinase (PK) A catalytic (PKAcat) subunit was purified to homogeneity from bovine lens using a 100-kDa cut-off membrane filtration followed by different chromatographic procedures. The molecular weight of PKAcat was found to be 41 kDa. The kinase phosphorylates histone IIIs and other synthetic modified peptides of VRKRTLRRL with different amino acid(More)
The aim of this study was to investigate the amounts and epitope specificity of antibodies against heat shock protein 60 (hsp60) in the sera of type 1 diabetic and healthy children. Antibodies specific for peptide p277 of human hsp60 and of M. bovis as well as for human hsp60, M. bovis hsp65 proteins were measured by ELISA. Other autoantibodies (islet cell(More)
The aim of this study was the development of a sensitive and specific substrate for protease A (PrtA), a serralysin-like metzincin from the entomopathogenic microorganism, Photorhabdus. First, cleavage of three biological peptides, the A and B chains of insulin and beta-lipotropin, and of 15 synthetic peptides, was investigated. In the biological peptides,(More)
There is increasing interest in the development of daunomycin-antibody immunoconjugates for the targeting of drug to specific cells or tissues. To this end, we have examined the factors influencing the synthesis of daunomycin-monoclonal antibody conjugates linked covalently by an acid-labile cis-aconitic spacer (which is considered to aid drug release from(More)
The chemotactic effects of six formylated, putatively bacterial peptides (fMLP, fMLPP, fMMM, fMP, fMV, and fMS) were studied. From the set of six peptides, only fMLP (one of the most effective chemoattractant peptides in mammals) elicited a significant positive chemotactic response in the eukaryotic ciliate Tetrahymena pyriformis, while the other formylated(More)