Leila Hassani

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The G-quadruplex DNA is a novel target for anticancer drug discovery and many scientific groups are investigating interaction of small molecules with G-quadruplex DNA to discover therapeutic agents for cancer. Here, interaction of a phthalocyanine (Cu(PcTs)) and two tetrapyridinoporphyrazines ([Cu(2,3-tmtppa)](4+) and [Cu(3,4-tmtppa)](4+)) with Na(+) and(More)
The stability of enzymes remains a critical issue in biotechnology. Compared with the strategies for obtaining stable enzymes, chemical modification is a simple and effective technique. In the present study, chemical modification of horseradish peroxidase (HRP) was carried out with pyromellitic anhydride. HRP has achieved a prominent position in the(More)
Biotechnology is consistently seeking improved enzyme stability. Enzymes have great properties, although their marginal stability limits their applications. Among the strategies for improving stability of the enzymes, chemical modification is a simple and effective technique. In the present study, chemical modification of horseradish peroxidase (HRP) was(More)
Multi-color bioluminescence is developed using the introduction of single/double disulfide bridges in firefly luciferase. The bioluminescence reaction, which uses luciferin, Mg(2+)-ATP and molecular oxygen to yield an electronically excited oxyluciferin, is carried out by the luciferase and emits visible light. The bioluminescence color of firefly(More)
The c-MYC gene plays an important role in the regulation of cell proliferation and growth and it is overexpressed in a wide variety of human cancers. Around 90% of c-MYC transcription is controlled by the nuclease-hypersensitive element III1 (NHE III1), whose 27-nt purine-rich strand has the ability to form a G-quadruplex structure under physiological(More)
Two new analogs of Aurein 1.2 antimicrobial peptide were synthesized and the antimicrobial activities were investigated. The results showed that the activity of G1R/F3W analog was higher than the native peptide and the F3W analog. Circular dichroism studies also showed that the secondary structure of the F3W was concentration-dependent, whereas, there was(More)
Encysted embryos of Artemia are exceptionally resistant to severe environmental stress. This resistance is thought to depend in part on the existence of a protein termed artemin. There is only little information about the function of artemin. It has been reported artemin is a thermostable protein with RNA-binding ability. In addition, it reduces the extent(More)
A DNA enzyme with peroxidase activity is a G-quadruplex-based DNAzyme formed by hemin and G-quadruplex DNA. Activity of peroxide DNAzymes can be influenced by the structure of quadruplex DNA. In this investigation, the interaction of hemin with T30695 G-quadruplex DNA is evaluated. Molecular dynamic simulation indicates that the binding mode of hemin to(More)
β-lactoglobulin (BLG), the major bovine whey protein, is a well-characterized globular protein. It is a model protein for studying the structural transition and aggregation. BLG unfolds and aggregates through chemical and physical processes. It is a predominantly β-sheet protein but, the non-native α-helical intermediate accumulates in its folding pathway.(More)
Curcumin has a wide spectrum of biological and pharmacological activities including anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antiproliferative, antimicrobial and anticancer activities. Complexation of curcumin with metals has gained attention in recent years for improvement of its stability. In this study, the effect of gallium curcumin and gallium diacetylcurcumin(More)