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BACKGROUND Emerging evidences suggest that nucleolin expressed on the cell surface is implicated in growth of tumor cells and angiogenesis. Nucleolin is one of the major proteins of the nucleolus, but it is also expressed on the cell surface where is serves as a binding protein for variety of ligands implicated in cell proliferation, differentiation,(More)
The binding of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) type 1 particles to CD4(+) cells could be blocked either by antibodies against the V3 loop domain of the viral external envelope glycoprotein gp120, or by the V3 loop mimicking pseudopeptide 5[Kpsi(CH2N)PR]-TASP, which forms a stable complex with a cell-surface-expressed 95-kDa protein. Here, by using an(More)
The increasing prevalence of multidrug-resistant pathogenic bacteria is making current antibiotics obsolete. Proline-rich antimicrobial peptides (PrAMPs) display potent activity against Gram-negative bacteria and thus represent an avenue for antibiotic development. PrAMPs from the oncocin family interact with the ribosome to inhibit translation, but their(More)
Three analogues of the model peptide of sequence IRGERA corresponding to the COOH-terminal residues 130-135 of histone H3 were synthesized, and their antigenicity, immunogenicity, and resistance to trypsin were compared to those of the natural L-peptide. The three analogues correspond to the D-enantiomer, containing only D-residues, and two retro-peptides(More)
A series of monoclonal antibodies has been generated against an hexapeptide of sequence IRGERA corresponding to the C-terminal residues 130-135 of histone H3 and three analogues of this model peptide. The analogues correspond to the D-enatiomer, containing only D-residues, and two retro-peptides containing NH-CO bonds instead of natural amide peptide bonds.(More)
The HB-19 pseudopeptide 5[Kpsi(CH(2)N)PR]-TASP, psi(CH(2)N) for reduced peptide bond, is a specific inhibitor of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection in different CD4(+) cell lines and in primary T-lymphocytes and macrophages. Here, by using an experimental CD4(+) cell model to monitor HIV entry and infection, we demonstrate that HB-19 binds the(More)
We present a detailed analysis of the antigenic and immunogenic properties of a series of very stable peptidomimetics of a model hexapeptide corresponding to the C-terminal residues 130-135 of histone H3. Five pseudopeptide analogues of the natural sequence IRGERA were synthesized by systematically replacing, in each analogue, one peptide bond at a time by(More)
Foldamers are artificial folded molecular architectures inspired by the structures and functions of biopolymers. This highlight focuses on important developments concerning foldamers produced by chemical synthesis and on the perspectives that these new self-organized molecular scaffolds offer. Progress in the field has led to synthetic objects that resemble(More)
A collection of 2150 druggable active sites from the Protein Data Bank was screened by high-throughput docking to identify putative targets for five representative molecules of a combinatorial library sharing a 1,3,5-triazepan-2,6-dione scaffold. Five targets were prioritized for experimental evaluation by computing enrichment in individual protein entries(More)