Lilia M Babé

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Protein sequences from multiple hepatitis B virus (HBV) isolates were analyzed for the presence of amino acid motifs characteristic of cytotoxic T-lymphocyte (CTL) and helper T-lymphocyte (HTL) epitopes with the goal of identifying conserved epitopes suitable for use in a therapeutic vaccine. Specifically, sequences bearing HLA-A1, -A2, -A3, -A24, -B7, and(More)
The human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) protease is the enzyme required for processing of the Gag and Gag-Pol polyproteins to yield mature, infectious virions. Although the complete absence of proteolytic activity prevents maturation, the level of activity sufficient for maturation and subsequent infectivity has not been determined. Amino acid(More)
in the design of antiviral agents. This focus has resulted in a wealth of new information on the structure and function of these enzymes. Several viral proteases will be described here that exemplify the diversity of structures and biological func-Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology, and tions displayed by these enzymes (Table 1). Viral and Biochemistry and(More)
The dimeric nature of the HIV protease has been exploited to devise a novel mode of inhibiting the enzyme. The use of defective monomers or nonidentical subunits to exchange with wild-type homodimers produces catalytically defective heterodimers. Incubation of the HIV1 or HIV2 protease with a 4-fold molar excess of an inactive mutant of HIV1 leads to 80 and(More)
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