Marie Françoise Foray

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A sugar phosphomonoester, myo-inositol hexakisphosphate (phytic acid), has been identified as a major phosphorylated metabolite in Dictyostelium discoideum amoeba. Its intracellular concentration was estimated to be 0.7 mM. The identification was made in perchloric acid extracts on the basis of 31P-NMR chemical shift values and their variations with pH, by(More)
We report here the NMR structure of dendrotoxin I, a powerful potassium channel blocker from the venom of the African Elapidae snake Dendroaspis polylepis polylepis (black mamba), calculated from an experimentally-derived set of 719 geometric restraints. The backbone of the toxin superimposes on bovine pancreatic trypsin inhibitor (BPTI) with a(More)
In this communication, we propose, a modified spin echo fourier transform (SEFT) experiment run under magic angle spinning (MAS) to obtain structural informations of the liquid-like domains inside complex organic materials. It includes a proton-proton dipolar decoupling such as BLEW12 or Lee-Goldburg sequence just after the 180 degrees 13C refocusing pulse(More)
The secondary structure of dendrotoxin I, an important constituent of the venom of the African black mamba snake Dendroaspis polylepis polylepis, was determined in aqueous solution by two-dimensional methods. Complete sequence-specific 1H-NMR assignment was obtained with the exception of the backbone amide proton of Gly39 and Cys40. Dendrotoxin I is based(More)
The pseudo-reverse reaction of Pseudomonas aeruginosa catabolic ornithine carbamoyltransferase in which arsenate is first coupled to citrulline followed by elimination of carbamylarsenate has been studied. Arsenate and citrulline saturation curves are sigmoidal. The different responsiveness of the transcarbamoylase to isosteric and allosteric ligands was(More)
When sycamore cells were suspended in basal medium containing choline, the latter was taken up by the cells very rapidly. A facilitated diffusion system appertained at low concentrations of choline and exhibited Michaelis-Menten kinetics. At higher choline concentrations simple diffusion appeared to be the principal mode of uptake. Addition of choline to(More)
High-resolution nuclear magnetic resonance of carbon-13 was employed to characterize archaeological wood samples from the 11th century excavation site in the lake Paladru at Charavines, France. Structural and chemical modifications were assessed by comparing the structural features of archaeological wood of beech with modern wood. The main results concern(More)
13C solid-state NMR was used to investigate the effects of gamma radiation on vegetable seeds, Pisum sativum and Latuca sativa, at absorbed doses that inhibit their germination. By combining single-pulse excitation and cross-polarization experiments under magic angle spinning, both liquid and solid domains of seeds can be characterized. We showed that the(More)
The efficiency of selective refocusing pulses to suppress J modulation of spin echoes when using the surface-coil technique has been investigated. 31P T2 values obtained for ATP by the HAHN spin-echo method remain in good agreement when the standard refocusing pulse is replaced by selective pulses based on the DANTE excitation method.
31P NMR spin-lattice (T1) and spin-spin (T2) relaxation times of phosphocreatine, ATP, inorganic phosphate, and phosphomonoesters have been measured in vivo at 4.7 T in rat brain and rat brain tumors implanted on nude mice. The relaxation data were acquired using a phase-cycled saturation-recovery spin-echo sequence. The problems associated with the phase(More)