Jitka Štokrová

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Electron and confocal microscopy were used to observe the entry and the movement of polyomavirus virions and artificial virus-like particles (VP1 pseudocapsids) in mouse fibroblasts and epithelial cells. No visible differences in adsorption and internalization of virions and VP1 pseudocapsids ("empty" or containing DNA) were observed. Viral particles(More)
We have compared HMG1 with the product of tryptic removal of its acidic C-terminal domain termed HMG3, which contains two 'HMG-box' DNA-binding domains. (i) HMG3 has a higher affinity for DNA than HMG1. (ii) Both HMG1 and HMG3 supercoil circular DNA in the presence of topoisomerase I. Supercoiling by HMG3 is the same at approximately 50 mM and approximately(More)
Recently, we identified a new insect defensin, named lucifensin that is secreted/excreted by the blowfly Lucilia sericata larvae into a wound as a disinfectant during the medicinal process known as maggot therapy. Here, we report the total chemical synthesis of this peptide of 40 amino acid residues and three intramolecular disulfide bridges by using three(More)
Mouse polyoma virus-like particles (or pseudocapsids) are composed solely of recombinant viral coat protein. They can interact with DNA and transport it to cells, resulting in gene expression both in tissue culture and in mice. We demonstrate that DNA transfer in vitro depends on partial packaging of DNA within the virus-like capsid. Cell surface sialic(More)
DNA topoisomerase IIalpha (topo IIalpha) is an essential nuclear enzyme and its unique decatenation activity has been implicated in many aspects of chromosome dynamics such as chromosome replication and segregation during mitosis. Here we show that chromatin-associated protein HMGB1 (a member of the large family of HMG-box proteins with possible functions(More)
Mouse polyomavirus (PyV) virions enter cells by internalization into smooth monopinocytic vesicles, which fuse under the cell membrane with larger endosomes. Caveolin-1 was detected on monopinocytic vesicles carrying PyV particles in mouse fibroblasts and epithelial cells (33). Here, we show that PyV can be efficiently internalized by Jurkat cells, which do(More)
A vector for preparation of mouse polyomavirus capsid-like particles for transfer of foreign peptides or proteins into cells was constructed. Model pseudocapsids carrying EGFP fused with the C-terminal part of the VP3 minor protein (EGFP-VLPs) have been prepared and analysed for their ability to be internalised and processed by mouse cells and to activate(More)
In the venom of eusocial bee Lasioglossum laticeps, we identified a novel unique antimicrobial peptide named lasiocepsin consisting of 27 amino acid residues and two disulfide bridges. After identifying its primary structure, we synthesized lasiocepsin by solid-phase peptide synthesis using two different approaches for oxidative folding. The oxidative(More)
Gene transfer to provide long-term expression of a therapeutic product, without introducing unwelcome genetic information, is a goal being sought for therapy of both hereditary and acquired diseases. Polyoma virus pseudocapsids, generated from a VP1-expressing recombinant baculovirus, lack viral DNA and have been successfully used to introduce small(More)