Krystyna Stachowiak

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Papain activity in a buffer containing Me2SO was studied using fluorogenic substrates. It was found that the number of active sites of papain decreases with increasing Me2SO concentration whereas the incubation time, in a buffer containing 3% Me2SO does not affect the number of active sites. However, an increase of papain incubation time in the buffer with(More)
Modifications in angiotensin II and its antagonistic peptides that should have increased in vivo half-lives but not reduced biological activity were studied by determining the effect of alpha-methylation of the tyrosine in position 4. [alpha-Methyltyrosine-4]angiotensin II, synthesized by the solid-phase procedure, showed 92.6 +/- 5.3% pressor activity of(More)
Human cystatin C (HCC) shows a tendency to dimerize. This process is particularly easy in the case of the L68Q HCC mutant and might lead to formation of amyloid deposits in brain arteries of young adults. Our purpose was to find ligands of monomeric HCC that can prevent its dimerization. Eleven antisense peptide ligands of monomeric HCC were designed and(More)
Human cystatin C (HCC) is one of the amyloidogenic proteins to be shown to oligomerize via a three-dimensional domain swapping mechanism. This process precedes the formation of a stable dimer and proceeds particularly easily in the case of the L68Q mutant. According to the proposed mechanism, dimerization of the HCC precedes conformational changes within(More)
Cathepsin B is a lysosomal cysteine protease exhibiting mainly dipeptidyl carboxypeptidase activity, which decreases dramatically above pH 5.5, when the enzyme starts acting as an endopeptidase. Since the common cathepsin B assays are performed at pH 6 and do not distinguish between these activities, we synthesized a series of peptide substrates(More)
[1-Sarcosine,4-beta-homotyrosine]-(I), [5-beta-homoisoleucine]-(II), and [1-sarcosine,5-beta-homoisoleucine]angiotensin II (III) were synthesized by Merrifield's solid-phase procedure to study the effect of pressor activity and duration of action. The analogues I--III possessed, respectively, 1.98, 2.82, and 29.2% pressor activity of angiotensin II(More)
Papain activity was studied in water-organic solvent mixtures using the fluorogenic substrate Dabcyl-Lys-Phe-Gly-Gly-Ala-Ala-Edans. The increase of organic solvent (MeOH, EtOH, iPrOH, TFE, MeCN, (MeO)2Et and DMF) concentration in the mixture caused a substantial decrease the initial rate of papain-catalyzed hydrolysis. Moreover, the number of papain active(More)
The analysis indicated factors affecting caries prophylaxis and teeth treatment in children with mild mental retardation. The factors were sought in the personality of the child, its family environment and the work of the dentist. A significant effect on the cooperation of the dentist with the patient was exerted by such factors as the level of anxiety(More)
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