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The development of transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs) is associated with the conversion of the cellular prion protein (PrP(C)) into a misfolded, pathogenic isoform (PrP(Sc)). Spontaneous generation of PrP(Sc) in inherited forms of disease is caused by mutations in gene coding for PrP (PRNP). In this work, we describe the NMR solution-state(More)
Significant improvement of solubilization kinetics of poorly soluble vinpocetine was obtained through a mechanochemical activation process in presence of micronized crospovidone. Drug-to-polymer weight ratio and milling time variables resulted to have statistically significant impacts on the activation of the product. The complete amorphization was obtained(More)
Infection with human papillomaviruses (HPVs) is one of the most common sexually transmitted infections and can lead to development of head and neck, skin, and anogenital cancer, including cervical cancer, which represents one of the world's most significant health problems. In this study, we analyze G-rich regions in all known HPV genomes in order to(More)
The present study expands the notion that the simple oligonucleotide sequence d(TG(4)T) in solution forms a tetramolecular G-quadruplex having a parallel orientation of the four strands and four G-quartets with all of the residues in the anti orientation. NMR experiments have revealed the equilibrium of two monomeric forms with a ratio between 85:15 and(More)
A major focus in prion structural biology studies is unraveling the molecular mechanism leading to the structural conversion of PrP(C) to its pathological form, PrP(Sc). In our recent studies, we attempted to understand the early events of the conformational changes leading to PrP(Sc) using as investigative tools point mutations clustered in the open(More)
G-quadruplex nucleic acids can bind ammonium ions in solution, and these complexes can be detected by electrospray mass spectrometry (ESI-MS). However, because ammonium ions are volatile, the extent to which ESI-MS quantitatively could provide an accurate reflection of such solution-phase equilibria is unclear. Here we studied five G-quadruplexes having(More)
A new folding intermediate of Oxytricha nova telomeric Oxy-1.5 G-quadruplex was characterized in aqueous solution using NMR spectroscopy, native gel electrophoresis, thermal differential spectra (TDS), CD spectroscopy, and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). NMR experiments have revealed that this intermediate (i-Oxy-1.5) exists in two symmetric(More)
Several novel 1,2,4-triazole and imidazole L-ascorbic acid (1, 2, 3, 5, 6 and 9) and imino-ascorbic acid (4, 7 and 8) derivatives were prepared and evaluated for their inhibitory activity against hepatitis C virus (HCV) replication and human tumour cell proliferation. Compounds 6 and 9 exerted the most pronounced cytostatic effects in all tumour cell lines(More)
Let-7 microRNA (miRNA) regulates heterochronic genes in developmental timing of the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans. Binding of miRNA to messenger RNA (mRNA) and structural features of the complex are crucial for gene silencing. We herein present the NMR solution structure of a model mimicking the interaction of let-7 miRNA with its complementary site (LCS(More)
The synthetic route for introduction of a fluoroalkyl (7-12, 14), fluoroalkenyl (15 and 16), fluorophenylalkyl (17, 19, 20, and 22), and fluorophenylalkenyl (18, 21) side chain at C-6 of the pyrimidine involved the lithiation of the pyrimidine derivatives 3 and 3a and subsequent nucleophilic addition or substitution reactions of the organolithium(More)