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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)
Preferential adhesion of neural stem cells to surfaces covered with a novel synthetic adhesive polypeptide (AK-cyclo[RGDfC]) provided a unique, rapid procedure for isolating radial glia-like cells from both fetal and adult rodent brain. Radial glia-like (RGl) neural stem/progenitor cells grew readily on the peptide-covered surfaces under serum-free culture(More)
Cell adhesivity is a basic biological principle, which provides mechanisms for construction of multicellular organisms, tissue genesis, migration and individual cell survival. In vivo, the cell adhesive environment is provided by extracellular matrix molecules, neighboring cell surfaces and soluble factors delivered either by tissue cells or by blood(More)
IMPORTANCE OF THE FIELD Tumor targeting with peptides is based on the discovery that receptors for many regulatory peptides are overexpressed in tumor cells, compared with their expression in normal tissues. Consequently, these peptides and their analogues can be used as carriers/targeting moieties for the preparation of diagnostic and therapeutic agents(More)
NGR peptides that recognize CD13 receptors in tumor neovasculature are of high interest, in particular due to their potential applications in drug targeting. Here we report the synthesis and structural analysis of novel thioether bond-linked cyclic NGR peptides. Our results show that their chemostability (resistance against spontaneous decomposition forming(More)
Recently cationic porphyrin-peptide conjugates were synthesized to enhance the cellular uptake of porphyrins or deliver the peptide moiety to the close vicinity of nucleic acids. DNA binding of such compounds was not systematically studied yet. We synthesized two new porphyrin-tetrapeptide conjugates which can be considered as a typical monomer unit(More)
GnRH (gonadotropin-releasing hormone), a decapeptide produced by the hypothalamus, plays an important role in the reproduction by regulating the pituitary-gonadal axis. Continuous high doses of GnRH or its superactive agonists result in desensitization of the pituitary gonadotropes and a suppression of sex steroid production by the gonads (chemical(More)
Here, we report on the synthesis and biological properties of a conjugate in which daunorubicin (Dau) as chemotherapeutic agent was attached through an oxime bond to gonadotropin-releasing hormone-III (GnRH-III) as targeting moiety. In vitro toxicity and the cytostatic effect of the conjugate on MCF-7 human breast and C26 murine colon cancer cell lines were(More)
Here, we report on the synthesis, enzymatic stability, and antitumor activity of novel bioconjugates containing the chemotherapeutic agent daunorubicin attached through an oxime bond to various gonadotropin-releasing hormone-III (GnRH-III) derivatives. In order to increase the enzymatic stability of the bioconjugates (in particular against chymotrypsin),(More)