Marek Cebrat

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Interleukin-1 receptor antagonist (IL-1Ra) and vaccinia virus protein C10L share a VTXFYF motif, with X being Lys or Arg residue, respectively. Peptides of such sequence compete successfully with IL-1 for the cellular receptor. A pair of complementary peptides, based on the Siemion's hypothesis on the periodicity of the genetic code (QWLNIN and QWANIN), and(More)
Recently, ubiquitin was suggested as a promising anti-inflammatory protein therapeutic. We found that a peptide fragment corresponding to the ubiquitin(50-59) sequence (LEDGRTLSDY) possessed the immunosuppressive activity comparable with that of ubiquitin. CD and NMR spectroscopies were used to determine the conformational preferences of LEDGRTLSDY in(More)
Cyclolinopeptide A (CLA), a cyclic nonapeptide from linseed, possesses strong immunosuppressive and antimalarial activity along with the ability to inhibit cholate uptake into hepatocytes. The structure of the peptide was studied extensively in solution as well as in the solid state. It is postulated that both the Pro-Pro cis-amide bond and an(More)
The review presents three hypotheses concerning the amino acid complementarity: 1) the Mekler-Blalock antisense hypothesis; 2) the Root-Bernstein approach based on stereochemical complementarity of amino acids and anti-amino acids coded by anticodons read in parallel with the coding DNA strand; 3) Siemion hypothesis resulting from the periodicity of the(More)
A series of novel cyclic ureidopeptides, analogues of dermorphine/deltorphine tetrapeptide, were synthesized by solid phase peptide synthesis and/or in solution. The antinociceptive activity of N-substituted amides 1-10 was evaluated using hot-plate and tail-flick tests. Analogue 1 showed significant, stronger than morphine, antinociceptive effect after(More)
Isotope exchange at the histidine C2 atom of imidazole in D2O solution is well known to occur at a significantly slower rate than the exchange of amide protons. Analysis of the kinetics of this isotope-exchange reaction is proposed herein as a method of detecting histidine phosphorylation. This modification of His-containing peptides is challenging to(More)
Improving the sensitivity of detection and fragmentation of peptides to provide reliable sequencing of peptides is an important goal of mass spectrometric analysis. Peptides derivatized by bicyclic quaternary ammonium ionization tags: 1-azabicyclo[2.2.2]octane (ABCO) or 1,4-diazabicyclo[2.2.2]octane (DABCO), are characterized by an increased detection(More)
In this paper we present the studies on coordination abilities of two short-chain analogues of somatostatin with free N-terminal and protected amino group towards copper (II) ions. The octreotide is the most popular analogue of the somatostatin (peptide hormone) used in medicine. Somatostatin analogues are used in diagnosis and treatment of the(More)
The coordination abilities of tetrapeptides containing beta-amino acids towards Cu(II) ions are presented. The studied tetrapeptides were: Ac-betaAlaHisGlyHis, betaAlaHisGlyHis, Ac-betaAspHisGlyHis, betaAspHisGlyHis, Ac-betaAspHisGly-dHis and betaAspHisGly-dHis. Thorough potentiometric titrations were carried out to establish the stoichiometry of the(More)
A new vasopressin analogue, [His1,6]AVP, was synthesized and characterized by potentiometric measurements as well as by UV-Vis, CD and EPR spectroscopy. At the physiological pH the peptide forms a stable complex with Cu2+ ions which is characterized by the {NH2, NIm, NIm(macrochelate)} binding mode. The replacement of both Cys by His residues in the(More)