Leonid M. Vinokurov

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Sarcotoxin IA is an antibacterial peptide that is secreted by a meat-fly Sarcophaga peregrina larva in response to a hypodermic injury or bacterial infection. This peptide is highly toxic against a broad spectrum of both Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria and lethal to microbes even at nanomolar concentrations. However, research needs as well as its(More)
Green fluorescent protein (GFP) is widely used as an excellent reporter molecule in biochemistry and cell biology. Some biochemical and immunological assays require high-purity GFP. However, the majority of current procedures for GFP purification include multiple time-consuming chromatography steps with a low yield of the desired product or require(More)
Thermophilic and thermoresistant strains of bacilli were screened on a medium containing Chrome Azurol S for the producers of siderophores. It was found that the Bacillus licheniformis VK21 strain dramatically increases secretion of the metabolite, a chelator of Fe3+, in response to addition of manganese(II) salts. The growth of the producer on a minimal(More)
Green fluorescent protein (GFP) is widely used as an excellent reporter module of the fusion proteins. The unique structure of GFP allows isolation of the active fluorescent protein directly from the crude cellular sources by extraction with organic solvents. We demonstrated the stable expression of four short polypeptides fused to GFP in Escherichia coli(More)
Until recently, the production of reactive oxygen species by NADPH oxidase has been considered only in the context of the oxidative damage to pathogens inside the phagosome. However, homologues of phagocytic NADPH oxidase have been found in almost all cell types, where they produce hydrogen peroxide and thereby regulate the initial intracellular stages of(More)
Protein degradation is important in practically all aspects of cellular physiology (1). Together with transcription and translation, proteolysis ensures maintenance and rapid regulation of individual protein concentration in living cells. The half-life for different proteins varies between a few minutes and days. Moreover, decay rate for many proteins(More)
The bioluminescence emitted by Aequorea victoria jellyfish is greenish while its single bioluminescent photoprotein aequorin emits blue light. This phenomenon may be explained by a bioluminescence resonance energy transfer (BRET) from aequorin chromophore to green fluorescent protein (GFP) co-localized with it. However, a slight overlapping of the aequorin(More)
Numerous processes in cells can be traced by using fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET) between two fluorescent proteins. The novel FRET pair including the red fluorescent protein TagRFP and kindling fluorescent protein KFP for sensing caspase-3 activity is developed. The lifetime mode of FRET measurements with a nonfluorescent protein KFP as an(More)
The genetically encoded FRET-pair was developed on the basis of terbium-binding peptide and red fluorescent protein DsRed2. To study fluorescence resonance energy transfer within the FRET-pair, the engineered construction was obtained, where sequences of terbium-binding peptide and red fluorescent protein DsRed2 were fused in single reading frame. The(More)
Two novel FRET-pairs: Tb3+ -binding peptide-DsRed2 and Tb3+ -binding peptide-TagRFP have been produced based on the terbium-binding peptide and the red fluorescent proteins DsRed2 and TagRFP. Two induction-resonance energy transfer processes in both FRET-pairs have been registered, from tryptophan of the terbium-binding peptide to Tb3+ and from sensitized(More)