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Cellobiohydrolase I (CBHI) of Trichoderma reesei has two functional domains, a catalytic core domain and a cellulose binding domain (CBD). The structure of the CBD reveals two distinct faces, one of which is flat and the other rough. Several other fungal cellulolytic enzymes have similar two-domain structures, in which the CBDs show a conserved primary(More)
Structure activity relationships (SARs) of product-based inhibitors of hepatitis C virus NS3 protease were evaluated using an in vitro assay system comprising the native bifunctional full-length NS3 (protease-helicase/NTPase). The results were compared to previously reported data derived from the corresponding NS3 protease domain assay. Shortening the(More)
Four tripeptides corresponding to the C-terminal region of angiotensin II were synthesized. One of these peptides (Ac-His-Pro-Ile) showed moderate binding affinity for the AT2 receptor. Two aromatic histidine-related scaffolds were synthesized and introduced in the tripeptides to give eight new peptidomimetic structures. Three of the new peptide-derived(More)
Cyclic 12-, 13- and 14-membered ring angiotensin II analogues related to disulfides but encompassing methylene-dithioether bridges have been prepared. The affinity data from these derivatives were compared to those from the disulfides. The methylenedithioether analogues displayed good binding affinities to rat liver AT1 receptors although in most cases(More)
A simple experimental procedure on solid phase for the construction of new tripeptidic 5,9- and 5,10-fused thiazabicycloalkane scaffolds that adopt beta-turns has been developed. This N-terminal-directed bicyclization, relying on masked aldehyde precursors derived from glutamic acid as key building blocks, provides a complement to the related bicyclization(More)
Cellulose-binding domains (CBDs) form distinct functional units of most cellulolytic enzymes. We have compared the cellulose-binding affinities of the CBDs of cellobiohydrolase I (CBHI) and endoglucanase I (EGI) from the fungus Trichoderma reesei. The CBD of EGI had significantly higher affinity than that of CBHI. Four variants of the CBHI CBD were made in(More)
We report here the binding of 5-, 6- and 7-amino-acid-long linear and cyclic core peptides of MSH (melanocyte-stimulating hormone) to cells transiently expressing the human melanocortin MC1, MC3, MC4 and MC5 receptors. The results show that, in contrast to the natural peptides, the core peptides did not differentiate between the melanocortin MC3 and MC4(More)
The solution conformation of the antibacterial polypeptide cecropin A from the Cecropia moth is investigated by nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy under conditions where it adopts a fully ordered structure, as judged by previous circular dichroism studies [Steiner, H. (1982) FEBS Lett. 137, 283-287], namely, 15% (v/v) hexafluoroisopropyl alcohol.(More)
The gastrin-releasing peptide receptor (GRPR/BB2) is a molecular target for the visualization of prostate cancer. This work focused on the development of high-affinity, hydrophilic, antagonistic, bombesin-based imaging agents for PET and SPECT. The bombesin antagonist analog d-Phe-Gln-Trp-Ala-Val-Gly-His-Sta-Leu-NH2(More)
The overexpression of gastrin-releasing peptide receptor (GRPR) in cancer can be used for peptide-receptor mediated radionuclide imaging and therapy. We have previously shown that an antagonist analog of bombesin RM26 conjugated to 1,4,7-triazacyclononane-N,N',N''-triacetic acid (NOTA) via a diethyleneglycol (PEG2) spacer (NOTA-PEG2-RM26) and labeled with(More)