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  • L Toma, S Toma
  • Protein science : a publication of the Protein…
  • 1996
Computer simulations of simple exact lattice models are an aid in the study of protein folding process; they have sometimes resulted in predictions experimentally proved. The contact interactions (CI) method is here proposed as a new algorithm for the conformational search in the low-energy regions of protein chains modeled as copolymers of hydrophobic and(More)
The catalytic properties of penicillin G acylase (PGA) from Escherichia coli, when used in kinetically controlled N-acylation (kcNa) of cephalosporanic nuclei, can be strongly influenced by the moiety in 3-position of the cephem structure. In the synthesis of Cefonicid (1c), the adsorption of the cephalosporanic nucleus (7-SACA) in the PGA active site(More)
6-Dehydroretroprogesterone (dydrogesterone) and three other natural or synthetic progestins (progesterone, retroprogesterone, and 6-dehydroprogesterone) were submitted to a conformational study through theoretical calculations at the B3LYP/6-31G(*) level and high field NMR spectroscopy. The study allows to define the role of the two structural features(More)
3,8-Diazabicyclo[3.2.1]octane (1), 2,5-diazabicyclo[2.2.1]heptane (2), piperazine (3), and homopiperazine (4) derivatives, substituted at one nitrogen atom with the 6-chloro-3-pyridazinyl group while the other nitrogen atom was either unsubstituted or mono- or dimethylated, were synthesized and tested for their affinity toward the neuronal nicotinic(More)
A series of exceptionally potent agonists at neuronal nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChRs) has been investigated. Several N-(3-pyridinyl) derivatives of bridged bicyclic diamines exhibit double-digit-picomolar binding affinities for the alpha 4 beta 2 subtype, placing them with epibatidine among the most potent nAChR ligands described to date.(More)
Regioisomeric 3-carboxyisoxazolinyl prolines [CIP-A (+/-)-6 and CIP-B (+/-)-7] and 3-hydroxyisoxazolinyl prolines [(+/-)-8 and (+/-)-9] were synthesized and assayed for glutamate receptor activity. The tests were carried out in vitro by means of receptor binding techniques, second messenger assays, and the rat cortical wedge preparation. CIP-A showed a good(More)
  • L Toma, S Toma
  • Protein science : a publication of the Protein…
  • 1999
Computer simulations of protein models on lattices have been widely used as an aid in the study of protein folding process. Following the suggestion of Raghunathan and Jernigan (1997, Protein Sci. 6:2072-2083) that the cubooctahedral lattice can allow a more realistic representation of proteins than other lattices, we propose here the use of a new set of(More)
In this paper we describe the synthesis of a series of novel 2-[(4-alkylsemicarbazono)-(4-aminophenyl)-methyl]-4,5-methylenedioxyphenylacetic acid alkyl esters (10-19) carrying an alkylsemicarbazono moiety at a benzylic site. The influence of this group on the biological activity was evaluated by testing the corresponding derivatives 20-22 in which the(More)
Six new galactoglycerolipid analogs, in which one or two 4-methylpentanoyl or trans-2-butenoyl groups are linked to the 2-O-beta-D-galactosylglycerol skeleton, were tested for their anti-tumor-promoting activity using a short-term in vitro assay for Epstein-Barr virus early antigen (EBV-EA) activation. All these compounds were more active than their linear(More)
Nine new synthetic compounds, structurally related to the most active glycoglycerolipid analogues carrying a hexanoyl chain, were tested for their anti-tumor-promoting activity using a short-term in vitro assay for Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) activation. All these compounds, in which the ester function is replaced by different metabolically more stable groups,(More)