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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
Nociceptin is an endogenous anti-opiate heptadecapeptide primarily interacting with the nociceptin (NOP) receptor. This neuropeptide-receptor system is involved in pain regulation, tolerance to and dependence on opiates as well as many other physiological and pathophysiological events. The role and mechanisms of nociceptin in pathological conditions is not(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)