Marina Bukhtiyarova

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Several Pediococcus acidilactici strains produce a plasmid-encoded bacteriocin, pediocin AcH. Previous studies have shown that this plasmid, designated as pSMB 74, encodes genes associated with the production of prepediocin, its post-translation processing to pediocin AcH, transmembrane translocation of these molecules, and immunity of producer cells(More)
In order to study the role of Phe169 in p38alpha MAP kinase structure and function, wild-type p38alpha and five p38alpha DFG motif mutants were examined in vitro for phosphorylation by MKK6, kinase activity toward ATF2 substrate, thermal stability, and X-ray crystal structure. All six p38alpha variants were efficiently phosphorylated by MKK6. However, only(More)
We have designed and synthesized analogues of compound C, a non-specific inhibitor of 5'-AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK), using a computational fragment-based drug design (FBDD) approach. Synthesizing only twenty-seven analogues yielded a compound that was equipotent to compound C in the inhibition of the human AMPK (hAMPK) α2 subunit in the(More)
Protein kinases c-Abl, b-Raf, and p38alpha are recognized as important targets for therapeutic intervention. c-Abl and b-Raf are major targets of marketed oncology drugs Imatinib (Gleevec) and Sorafenib (Nexavar), respectively, and BIRB-796 is a p38alpha inhibitor that reached Phase II clinical trials. A shared feature of these drugs is the fact that they(More)
The 28-kDa protease from human cytomegalovirus (hCMV) has been successfully cloned, expressed, and purified to homogeneity. An internally quenched fluorescent substrate (4-4'-dimethylaminophenazo)benzoyl-Arg-Gly-Val-Val-Asn-Ala-Ser-Ser -Arg-Leu-Ala-5-[(2'-aminoethyl)-amino]-naphthalene-1-sulfonic acid; DABCYL-CMV-EDANS) based on the maturational cleavage(More)
p38alpha mitogen-activated protein (MAP) kinase is widely expressed in many mammalian tissues and is activated as a part of signal transduction cascades that respond to inflammatory stimuli. The activation of p38 is known to trigger various biological effects, including cell death, differentiation, and proliferation. The central role played by p38alpha in(More)
Two new classes of diphenylether inhibitors of p38alpha MAP kinase are described. Both chemical classes are based on a common diphenylether core that is identified by simulated fragment annealing as one of the most favored chemotypes within a prominent hydrophobic pocket of the p38alpha ATP-binding site. In the fully elaborated molecules, the diphenylether(More)
Discovery of a new class of DFG-out p38α kinase inhibitors with no hinge interaction is described. A computationally assisted, virtual fragment-based drug design (vFBDD) platform was utilized to identify novel non-aromatic fragments which make productive hydrogen bond interactions with Arg 70 on the αC-helix. Molecules incorporating these fragments were(More)
The discovery and SAR study of a series of 4,6-diamino-1,3,5-triazin-2-ol compounds as novel HIV-1 non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NNRTIs) are reported. The lead compounds in this series showed excellent activity against wild-type and drug-resistant RT enzymes and viral strains. In addition, compounds from this series demonstrated favorable(More)