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Thionins are relatively small-sized multiple-cystine peptides that are probably involved in the plant defense against pathogens. As such, these peptides constitute promising candidates for engineered plant resistance in the agricultural industry. More recently, thionins have been proposed as potential immunotoxins in tumor therapy. In the search for(More)
  • F Kerek
  • Hypertension research : official journal of the…
  • 2000
The Natriuretic and Endogenous DigitalisLike Factors (EDLFs) are disclosed to be cyclomeric and macroring closed derivatives of the inorganic carbon suboxide. The macrocyclic cyclohexamer with six carbon suboxide units has a molar mass of 408.2 Da, as previously been found for the EDLF of animal origin. The anhydrous cyclohexameric factor is lipophilic but(More)
Recently discovered macrocyclic carbon suboxide (MCS) factors with the general formula (C(3)O(2))(n) were found to strongly inhibit rabbit and rat Na,K-ATPase as well as SR Ca-ATPase. Highly active MCS factors were obtained by a base/acid treatment of their lipophilic precursor isolated from plants. In the ESI-MS spectra, the dominant molar mass ion of 431(More)
Here we report for the first time that MCS-18, a novel natural product isolated from Helleborus purpurascens, is able to inhibit the expression of typical molecules of mature dendritic cells (DC) such as CD80, CD86, and especially of CD83 subsequently leading to a clear and dose-dependent inhibition of the DC-mediated T-cell stimulation. Furthermore, MCS-18(More)
The previously reported class of potent inorganic inhibitors of Na,K-ATPase, named MCS factors, was shown to inhibit not only Na,K-ATPase but several P-type ATPases with high potency in the sub-micromolar range. These MCS factors were found to bind to the intracellular side of the Na, K-ATPase. The inhibition is not competitive with ouabain binding, thus(More)
INTRODUCTION Inflammation accelerates both plaque progression and instability in the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis. The inhibition of dendritic cell (DC) maturation is a promising approach to suppress excessive inflammatory immune responses and has been shown to be protective in several autoimmune models. The aim of this study was to investigate the(More)
MCS-18, a natural product isolated from Helleborus purpurascens has been shown to have several beneficial effects in inflammatory and autoimmune disorders. However, very little is known regarding the immuno-modulatory capacity of MCS-18 in respect to murine bone marrow-derived dendritic cells (BM-DC) and B-cells. Thus, in the present study we examined the(More)
There is still a vital need for new therapies in order to prevent or treat type I diabetes. In this respect, we report that MCS-18 a novel natural product isolated from the plant Helleborus purpurascens (i.e. Christmas rose) is able to increase diabetes free survival using the NOD-mouse model, which is accompanied with a diminished IFN-γ secretion of(More)