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The 90-kDa heat shock protein (hsp90) is a well conserved, abundant cytosolic protein believed to be a "chaperone" of most steroid receptors. We have recently demonstrated that hsp90 has an ATP-binding site and autophosphorylating activity (Csermely, P., and Kahn, C. R. (1991) J. Biol. Chem. 266, 4943-4950). Circular dichroism analysis of highly purified(More)
The 90 kDa heat shock protein (hsp90) is a member of the "chaperone-complex" of steroid receptors believed to be partially or transiently localized in the cell nucleus. Demonstrating that hsp90 has an ATP binding site and autophosphorylating activity we have observed that histones, especially histone H1, are able to modulate the autophosphorylation of hsp90(More)
CD spectroscopic studies on protected peptides containing lysine and serine, or phosphoserine, and on serine-containing fragments of the neurofilament protein midsized subunit, both in the unphosphorylated and phosphorylated form, are reported. The introduction of the phosphoryl group was not found to have a significant spectral effect in aqueous solution.(More)
Methotrexate (MTX) has been conjugated to various structurally related, synthetic, branched polypeptides containing a poly(L-Lys) backbone by the aid of water-soluble carbodiimide. The average degree of MTX incorporated was found to be dependent on the size of the polymer and on the identity of the terminal amino acid residue of the side chains.(More)
Daunomycin has been attached to various structurally related synthetic branched polypeptides with a polylysine backbone, using its acid-labile cis-aconityl derivative (cAD). Due to the importance of the side-chain structure in alpha-helix formation and immunological and pharmacological properties of branched polypeptides, we have investigated the(More)
To investigate the antigenicity of a predicted epitope region of herpes simplex virus gD, peptides comprising the 273-284 sequence have been synthesized and conjugated to a branched polypeptide with polylysine backbone (poly[L-Lys-(DL-Alam)], AK). In order to analyze the effect of the carrier on the solution conformation of the potential peptide-epitopes,(More)
The NF-M subunit of human neurofilaments has a C-terminal repeating 13-mer sequence. The 13-mer (Lys-Ser-Pro-Val-Pro-Lys-Ser-Pro-Val-Glu-Glu-Lys-Gly) (NF-M13) and 17-mer (Glu-Glu-Lys-Gly)-(NF-M13) sequences were synthesized, as were both the mono- and diphosphorylated Ser species. Circular dichroism (c.d.) studies and c.d. titrations with Al3+ and Ca2+ were(More)
The CD spectra in the far ultraviolet and the CD and ORD spectra of methylene blue-complexes (MB-complex) of glycosaminoglycans (GAG) with different sulphate contents were studied in comparison with their effect on the in vitro formation of collagen fibres. The following polyanions were investigated: Chondroitin sulphate-A with different sulphate contents,(More)
New branched polypeptides were synthesized for a detailed study of the influence of the side-chain structure on the conformation and biological properties. The first subset of polypeptides were prepared by coupling of tetrapeptides to poly[L-Lys]. These polymers contain either DL-Ala3-X [poly[Lys-(X-DL-Ala3)n]] or X-DL-Ala3 [poly[Lys-(DL-Ala3-X)n] (n less(More)
To investigate the role of synthetic polypeptide carriers in inducing an epitope-specific immune response relevant for vaccine design, peptides comprising two distinct regions of herpes simplex virus type I glycoprotein D (1-23 and 273-284) have been conjugated to the branched polypeptides with polylysine backbone, poly[L-Lys-(DL-Alam)] (AK), or(More)