Manfred Manthey

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The action of serine (and cysteine) proteases on peptide esters proceeds, as a generalization, orders of magnitude faster than the corresponding enzymatic hydrolysis of peptide bonds or peptide amides. Esterolysis liberates an alcohol while generating a free carboxyl group on the peptide; the proton produced can be detected by the use of an appropriate(More)
The autoxidation of the tryptophan metabolite, 3-hydroxyanthranilic acid, at pH 7 gives rise to a p-quinone dimer and cinnabarinic acid. A novel dimer formed by radical-radical coupling of 3-hydroxyanthranilic acid is also produced. Labelling studies have shown that the C-2 oxygen in the p-quinone dimer is derived from molecular oxygen. A product versus(More)
Contrary to earlier reports, we have found that tri- and hexapeptides analogous or homologous with segments of the 23-residue N-terminal fusion sequence (FS) of the viral transmembrane glycoprotein gp41 (residues 517-539) did not significantly inhibit HIV-1-induced syncytium formation, using an uninfected cell-infected cell fusion assay. In contrast, we(More)
1. One of the major challenges in the development of pharmaceuticals is their formulation with other materials to give them the desired bioavailability profile when administered into the body. 2. We have developed a flexible platform technology (Tris lipidation) to simply and effectively alter the lipophilicity of drugs. As implied by the name, the(More)
One of the research programs of the Australian Cataract Research Foundation (ACRF) is aimed at investigating the possibility that senile cataract both cortical and nuclear, may result from the interaction of reactive metabolites with proteins in the lens. In particular we are exploring the potential role of tryptophan metabolites for example,(More)
The binding of oxidized phenolic compounds to proteins is of importance in a number of biological systems, including the sclerotization of insect cuticle and the tanning of cocoons. 3-Hydroxyanthranilic acid (3HAA), an aminophenol, is a tryptophan metabolite that undergoes autoxidation readily, and proteins incubated in the presence of 3HAA and oxygen(More)
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