H. Daniel Lacorazza

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Peptides corresponding to the sequence alpha 124-147 of the Torpedo californica and Homo sapiens nicotinic cholinergic receptors were synthesized. The His residue at position 134 was ethoxyformylated or substituted by Ala. Effects of such modifications were studied by: (a) a toxin blot assay and (b) a competition assay between each peptide and the Discopyge(More)
Histidine residues have been shown to be critical for alpha-BgTx binding to the acetylcholine receptor (Lacorazza et al., 1992; Bouzat et al., 1993; Lacorazza et al., 1995). Receptor subunits from Discopyge tschudii were modified with diethylpyrocarbonate (DEP). DEP treatment produces a concentration-dependent decrease of [125I] alpha-BgTx binding to the(More)
This paper studies the effect of histidine chemical modification of the membrane-bound acetylcholine receptor from Discopyge tschudii on its specific alpha-bungarotoxin binding. The acylating reagent ethoxyformic anhydride (diethyl pyrocarbonate, DEP), was used. DEP-treatment induces a loss of binding capacity, time and DEP-concentration dependent. After a(More)
We have examined the effect of chemical modification with diethyl pyrocarbonate (DEP) on the properties of acetylcholine (ACh)-activated channels in the cloned muscle-cell line BC3H-1. After protein modification, patch-clamp recordings showed alterations in the kinetics of the nicotinic acetylcholine receptor (AChR) channel. The major effect was observed in(More)
The effects of chemical modification of a disulfide bond(s) (-SS-) or sulfhydryl group(s) (-SH) on the [3H]-flunitrazepam ([3H]FNZ) binding to membrane-bound or immunoprecipitated benzodiazepine (BZD) receptors (BZD-R) from bovine cerebral cortex were examined. Reduction of -SS- with dithiothreitol (DTT) brought about a reversible, time- and dose-dependent(More)
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