Marianna Mák

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Objective and Design: The myeloperoxidase system of neutrophils generates chlorinating and brominating oxidants in vivo. The major haloamines of the system are taurine chloramine (TauCl) and taurine bromamine (TauBr). It has been demonstrated in vitro that TauCl exerts both antiinflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. Much less is known about TauBr. The(More)
Chemotactic properties of 3-7-mer peptides containing an EWS motive and their peptide amides synthesized and characterized by us were investigated in Tetrahymena pyriformis GL model. Analysis of the peptide acids shows that SEWS possesses exceptionally strong (660%+/-21; 430%+/-18) chemoattractant ability at 10(-12) and 10(-11) m respectively. The shorter(More)
We have studied the release of nerve growth factor (NGF), a protein under consideration for treatment of Alzheimer's Disease, from polymer matrices and microspheres to characterize the stability of NGF, the dynamics of NGF release, and the distribution of NGF within the brain interstitium. Poly(ethylene-co-vinyl acetate) (EVAc) disks and poly(L-lactic acid)(More)
A new natural compound, 9alpha,20-dihydroxyecdysone (1), and two known related compounds, 20-hydroxyecdysone and ecdysone, were isolated from the herb Silene italica ssp. nemoralis. Compound 1 is the first C-9 hydroxylated ecdysteroid with a cis-fused A/B ring junction to have been isolated from a plant source, and its structure was determined using a(More)
A new natural ecdysteroid, 9beta,20-dihydroxyecdysone (1) and four related compounds 5alpha-20-hydroxyecdysone (2), 5alpha-2-deoxy-integristerone A (3), integristerone A (4) and 22-deoxy-integristerone A (5) were isolated from the herb of Silene italica ssp. nemoralis. Compound 1 is the C-9 epimer of the known 9alpha,20-dihydroxyecdysone (6) and represents(More)
The mass spectrometric analysis of the immunodominant epitope region (273-284) of herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) glycoprotein D (gD) showed a favoured fission at the Asp-Pro peptide bond. The fast atom bombardment collision induced dissociation (FAB-CID) study of closely related X-Pro peptides documented that neither the length nor the amino acid(More)
Studying the interaction between serum amyloid P component (SAP) and beta-amyloid (Abeta) a new Abeta binding site was identified on the SAP near the known binding site at the two bound calcium ions. SAP stabilizes deposits in neurodegenerative diseases, which is manifested via Abeta-binding. Because the inhibition of this interaction is a potential(More)
A parallel combinatorial library of over 1600 compounds has been designed and synthesized for the development of new potential peptidomimetic protein tyrosine kinase (PTK) inhibitor leads. These peptidomimetic molecules are aimed at intervening with the substrate binding site of the pp60c−src enzyme. The new structures were based on kown PTK inhibtors with(More)
Fluorescent derivatives of bovine neurotensin 8–13 fragment were prepared. For N-terminal labelling, 4-[7-hydroxycoumaryl]acetic acid (Hca), 4-[7-methoxycoumaryl]acetic acid (Mca) and 2-amino-3-[4-[7-methoxycoumaryl]]propionic acid (Amp) were used while the C-terminus of the peptide chain was elongated with Amp. The fluorescence excitation and emission(More)
The previously reported analog of pregnenolone having a 3,4-dihydro-2H-pyran attached via a Cz.sbnd;C bond to the C-20 position (1), stereoselectively reacts with m-chloroperoxybenzoic acid in methanol at -5 degrees C. Acid-catalyzed hydrolysis of the isolated intermediates gives good yields of mostly a new 27-norcholesterol analog:(More)