Maria A Kostromina

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Tumstatin, a cleavage fragment of collagen IV, is a potent endogenous inhibitor of angiogenesis. Tumstatin-derived peptide T8 possesses all angiostatic properties of full-length tumstatin and indirectly suppresses tumor growth. The potential of T8 to block pathological angiogenesis in the eye has not been explored yet. Here we assess antiangiogenic effects(More)
Hirudin-1 is a highly selective inhibitor of thrombin secreted by the salivary glands of the medicinal leech Hirudo medicinalis. This direct anticoagulant is used for the treatment and prevention of disorders in the blood coagulation system. Apart from the existing recombinant analogue of hirudin-1 (63-desulfato-hirudin-1) its modified analogues possessing(More)
Phosphoribosylpyrophosphate synthetase (PRPPS) from the thermophilic bacterial strain Thermus thermophilus HB27 catalyzes the synthesis of phosphoribosylpyrophosphate from ribose 5-phosphate and ATP, and belongs to the class I PRPPSs. The three-dimensional structure of the recombinant enzyme was solved at 2.2 Å resolution using crystals grown in(More)
Production of small recombinant peptides by expressing them as fusion proteins, with subsequent proteolytic or chemical cleavage of the latter, is a widespread approach in modern biotechnology. An alternative method is to produce such peptides as self-cleaving fusion proteins with inteins. To date, only a small proportion of known inteins have been used for(More)
We propose a new approach for the synthesis of biologically important nucleotides which includes a multi-enzymatic cascade conversion of D-pentoses into purine nucleotides. The approach exploits nucleic acid exchange enzymes from thermophilic microorganisms: ribokinase, phosphoribosylpyrophosphate synthetase, and adenine phosphoribosyltransferase. We cloned(More)
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