Ferenc Hudecz

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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 transmembrane glycoprotein gp41 of HIV-1 contains a C1q binding domain (HIVenv 583-610) and activates the human complement system through the classical pathway. Based on structural and functional similarities between human defensins (human neutrophil peptide, HNP 1-3) and synthetic peptides representing the env 583-610 region of HIV-1, we found it(More)
Urinary mucins which express determinants for the anti-breast carcinoma monoclonal antibody, NCRC-11 (IgM), closely resemble the mammary mucins found in milk fat globules and carcinomas. An IgG3 monoclonal antibody, C595, was prepared against urinary mucins isolated on a NCRC-11 antibody affinity column, and this 'second generation' antibody was shown to(More)
Direct antitumor activity of sea lamprey (Petromyzon marinus) gonadotropin-releasing hormone III (Glp-His-Trp-Ser-His-Asp-Trp-Lys-Pro-Gly-NH(2); lGnRH-III) was described on several tumor cells. To improve the selectivity of antitumor effects without increasing the hormone releasing activity and to enhance the enzymatic stability, lGnRH-III dimers were(More)
Here we report on the synthesis, antibody binding, and QSAR studies of a series of linear and cyclic peptides containing a beta-amyloid plaque-specific epitope (Abeta(4-10); FRHDSGY). In these constructs, two or three alpha- l-Ala, alpha- d-Ala, or beta-Ala residues were introduced at both N- and C-termini of the epitope as non-native flanking sequences.(More)
OBJECTIVES Blood-based Interferon-Gamma Release Assays (IGRA) identify Mycobacterium tuberculosis (MTB) sensitisation with increased specificity, but sensitivity remains impaired in human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infected persons. The QuantiFERON-TB Gold In-Tube test contains peptide 38-55 of Rv2654c, based on data indicating differential recognition(More)
Earlier we have shown that an equimolar mixture of calpastatin subdomains A and C (19 amino acids each) strongly activates m-calpain in vitro. In the present work we developed a membrane-permeable activator system, by conjugating an oligo-arginine tail to both peptides. We tested calpain activation as well as synaptic excitability on rat brain slices ex(More)
Cationic peptides proved fundamental importance as pharmaceutical agents and/or drug carrier moieties functioning in cellular processes. The comparison of the in vitro activity of these peptides is an experimental challenge and a combination of different methods, such as cytotoxicity, internalisation rate, haemolytic and antibacterial effect, is necessary.(More)
Methotrexate (MTX) conjugates with poly[Lys(DL-Alam)] based polymeric polypeptides are efficient against Leishmania donovani parasite infection, but the mechanism of the effect is not known yet. We prepared therefore the 5(6)-carboxyfluorescein (Cf) labeled oligopeptide [Cf-K(AaAa)] (a: D-alanine, A: L-alanine) and the corresponding MTX conjugates(More)
BACKGROUND Autoreactive B cells are crucial players in the pathogenesis of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Autoantibodies specific for citrullinated proteins (ACPA), present in the serum of approximately 60-70 % of patients, have a pathogenic role in the disease. B cell depleting therapies may result in a transient immunosuppression, increasing the risk of(More)