Maria B. Pastrian

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Desmopressin (dDAVP) is a safe haemostatic agent with previously reported antitumour activity. It acts as a selective agonist for the V2 vasopressin membrane receptor (V2r) present on tumour cells and microvasculature. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the novel peptide derivative [V4Q5]dDAVP in V2r-expressing preclinical mouse models of breast(More)
The synthetic nonapeptide 1‑desamino‑8‑D‑arginine vasopressin (dDAVP) can reduce tumor cell growth through agonist action on the vasopressin V2 receptor. A structure‑antiproliferative activity relationship analysis of dDAVP was performed using the alanine scanning technique on the aggressive MDA‑MB‑231 human breast carcinoma cell line. The results from this(More)
Substitution of Ala 108 and Ala 111 in the 107-115 human lysozyme (hLz) fragment results in a 20-fold increased anti-staphylococcal activity while its hemolytic activity becomes significant (30%) at very high concentrations. This analog displays an additional positive charge near the N-terminus (108) and an extra Trp residue at the center of the molecule(More)
[V4Q5]dDAVP is a novel 2nd generation vasopressin analogue with robust antitumour activity against metastatic breast cancer. We recently reported that, by acting on vasopressin V2r membrane receptor present in tumour cells and microvascular endothelium, [V4Q5]dDAVP inhibits angiogenesis and metastatic progression of the disease without overt toxicity.(More)
Antimicrobial peptides are valuable agents to fight antibiotic resistance. These amphipatic species display positively charged and hydrophobic amino acids. Here, we enhance the local hydrophobicity of a model peptide derived from human lysozyme (107RKWVWWRNR115) by arylation of its tryptophan (Trp) residues, which renders a positive effect on Staphylococcus(More)
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