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Mexicain is a 23.8 kDa cysteine protease from the tropical plant Jacaratia mexicana. It is isolated as the most abundant product after cation-exchange chromatography of the mix of proteases extracted from the latex of the fruit. The purified enzyme inhibited with E-64 [N-(3-carboxyoxirane-2-carbonyl)-leucyl-amino(4-guanido)butane] was crystallized by(More)
An antifungal peptide, Ay-AMP, was isolated from Amaranthus hypochondriacus seeds by acidic extraction and then purified by reverse-phase high-pressure liquid chromatography. The molecular mass of this peptide, as determined by mass spectrometry, is 3184 Da. The peptide belongs to the superfamily of chitin-binding proteins, containing a single(More)
Mexicain is a 23.7 kDa papain-like cysteine protease from the tropical plant Jacaratia mexicana. Extracted as a mix of proteases from the latex of the fruit, mexicain is isolated after cation-exchange chromatography as the most abundant product. The purified product inhibited with E-64 was crystallized by sitting-drop vapour diffusion in the presence of(More)
Transient receptor potential vanilloid 1 (TRPV1) channels mediate several types of physiological responses. Despite the importance of these channels in pain detection and inflammation, little is known about how their structural components convert different types of stimuli into channel activity. To localize the activation gate of these channels, we inserted(More)
The aligned amino acid sequences of TIM from Trypanosoma cruzi (TcTIM) and Trypanosoma brucei (TbTIM) have a positional identity of 68%. The two enzymes have markedly similar catalytic properties. Agents that interact with their interface Cys inhibit TcTIM and TbTIM; and those TIMs that lack this Cys (such as human TIM) are largely or completely insensitive(More)
Mutations in the I-II loop of Ca(v)3.2 channels were discovered in patients with childhood absence epilepsy. All of these mutations increased the surface expression of the channel, whereas some mutations, and in particular C456S, altered the biophysical properties of channels. Deletions around C456S were found to produce channels that opened at even more(More)
Selenium is an essential trace element. It is, however toxic at concentration little above which is required for health. Selenium is incorporated into proteins as selenocysteine, the 21(st) amino acid. Selenoproteins are found in bacteria, archaea and eukaryotes. Biochemical and physicochemical properties of selenium result in the unique redox(More)
The synthesis and molecular structure of prolame, N-(3-hydroxy-1,3,5(10)-estratrien-17 beta-yl)-3-hydroxypropylamine, is described. It was characterized by ir, nmr, mass spectrometry and chemical analysis. The crystal structure of this compound was determined by single-crystal x-ray diffraction. Prolame belongs to space group P212121. Cell dimensions are: a(More)
wide interest because the 1H-pyridin-2-ones obtained in this process are versatile synthetic building blocks in the synthesis of alkaloids,1–5 although little has been done concerning their use in asymmetric synthesis. This contrasts with the large use of chiral piperidones, which have recently been reported. The synthetic method proceeds first through the(More)
Plant nonspecific lipid transfer proteins (nsLTPs) are characterized by their ability to bind a broad range of hydrophobic ligands in vitro. Their biological function has not yet been elucidated, but they could play a major role in plant defense to physical and biological stress. An nsLTP was isolated from Amaranthus hypochondriacus seeds and purified by(More)