Melinda Ligeti

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Cell adhesivity is a basic biological principle, which provides mechanisms for construction of multicellular organisms, tissue genesis, migration and individual cell survival. In vivo, the cell adhesive environment is provided by extracellular matrix molecules, neighboring cell surfaces and soluble factors delivered either by tissue cells or by blood(More)
Nociceptin is an endogenous anti-opiate heptadecapeptide primarily interacting with the nociceptin (NOP) receptor. This neuropeptide-receptor system is involved in pain regulation, tolerance to and dependence on opiates as well as many other physiological and pathophysiological events. The role and mechanisms of nociceptin in pathological conditions is not(More)
Among noncovalent forces, electrostatic ones are the strongest and possess a rather long-range action. For these reasons, charges and counterions play a prominent role in self-assembly processes in water and therefore in many biological systems. However, the complexity of the biological media often hinders a detailed understanding of all the(More)
Supramolecular self-assembly is an attractive pathway for bottom-up synthesis of novel nanomaterials. In particular, this approach allows the spontaneous formation of structures of well-defined shapes and monodisperse characteristic sizes. Because nanotechnology mainly relies on size-dependent physical phenomena, the control of monodispersity is required,(More)
The synthesis of various orthogonally protected azahistidine derivatives are obtained via 1,3-dipolar cycloaddition reactions. The newly obtained amino-acids can be selectively deprotected either at the side chain or at the N-terminus of the amino acid and should thus allow the use of these derivatives in (solid phase) peptide synthesis.
In the absence of efficient crystallization methods, the molecular structures of fibrous assemblies have so far remained rather elusive. In this paper, we present a rational method to crystallize the lanreotide octapeptide by modification of a residue involved in a close contact. Indeed, we show that it is possible to modify the curvature of the lanreotide(More)
Nociceptin, a 17-amino acid peptide (FGGFTGARKSARKLANQ, N/OFQ), is the endogenous ligand of the nociceptin/orphanin FQ (NOP) receptor. This receptor-ligand system is involved in various physiological as well as pathophysiological mechanisms, but owing to the peptidic structure, it is rapidly degraded by enzymes. The enzymatic digestion of nociceptin(More)
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