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The HIV-1 encoded apoptogenic protein Vpr induces mitochondrial membrane permeabilization (MMP) via interactions with the voltage-dependent anion channel (VDAC) and the adenine nucleotide translocator (ANT). We have designed a peptide, TEAM-VP, composed of two functional domains, one a tumor blood vessel RGD-like 'homing' motif and the other an MMP-inducing(More)
Mitochondrial membrane permeabilization (MMP) is a key event in necrotic and (intrinsic) apoptotic processes. MMP is controlled by a few major rate-limiting events, one of which is opening of the permeability transition pore (PTP). Here we develop a flow cytometry (FC)-based approach to screen and study inducers and blockers of MMP in isolated mitochondria.(More)
Dengue viruses belong to the Flavivirus family and are responsible for hemorrhagic fever in Human. Dengue virus infection triggers apoptosis especially through the expression of the small membrane (M) protein. Using isolated mitochondria, we found that synthetic peptides containing the C-terminus part of the M ectodomain caused apoptosis-related(More)
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