Mercedes Martín-Martínez

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Sequence determination of a region downstream from the vanXYc gene in Enterococcus gallinarum BM4174 revealed an open reading frame, designated vanT, that encodes a 698-amino-acid polypeptide with an amino-terminal domain containing 10 predicted transmembrane segments. The protein contained a highly conserved pyridoxal phosphate attachment site in the(More)
1. The pyridopyrimidine derivative IQM-95,333 ((4aS,5R)-2-benzyl-5-[N alpha-tert-butoxicarbonyl)L-tryptophyl] amino-1,3dioxoperhydropyrido[1,2-c]pyrimidine), a new non-peptide antagonist of cholecystokinin type A (CCKA) receptors, has been evaluated in vitro and in vivo in comparison with typical CCKA and CCKB receptor antagonists, such as devazepide,(More)
The effect of Gly-Pro-Glu (GPE) on the somatostatinergic system of the temporal cortex in amyloid beta-peptide (Abeta) treated rats was investigated. Intracerebroventricular Abeta25-35 administration for 14 days (300 pmol/day) to ovariectomized rats produced a marked reduction in somatostatin (SRIF) content, SRIF receptor density and reduced the inhibitory(More)
Steroidal mineralocorticoid receptor (MR) antagonists are used for treatment of a range of human diseases, but they present challenging issues of complex chemical synthesis, undesirable physical properties, and poor selectivity along with unwanted side effects. Therefore, there is a great interest in the discovery of non-steroidal ligands able to bind to(More)
A simple method for the synthesis of an azepane quaternary amino acid in enantiopure form is described. Theoretical, NMR, and X-ray studies indicated that this azepane-derived amino acid is an effective stabilizer of 3(10) helical structures in short peptides.
Pyridopyrimidine-based analogues are among the most highly potent and selective antagonists of cholecystokinin receptor subtype-1 (CCK1R) described to date. To better understand the structural and chemical features responsible for the recognition mechanism, and to explore the binding pocket of these compounds, we performed automated molecular docking using(More)
To improve our knowledge of the bioactive conformation of CCK(1) antagonists, we previously described that replacement of the alpha-MeTrp residue of dipeptoids with the (2S,5S, 11bR)-2-amino-3-oxohexahydroindolizino[8,7-b]indole-5-carbox ylate (IBTM) skeleton, a probed type II' beta-turn mimetic, led to restricted analogues (2S,5S,11bR,1'S)- and(More)
The design, synthesis, conformational studies and binding affinity for VEGF receptors of a collection of linear and cyclic peptide analogues of the N-terminal α-helix fragments 13-25 of VEGF and 1-13 of Vammin are described. Linear 13(14)-mer peptides were designed with the help of an AGADIR algorithm and prepared following peptide solid-phase synthetic(More)
The role of heparin in the complex formation between fibroblast growth factor 2 and its high affinity receptor: comparative modelling and biochemical studies L. Pellegrini*', P. Commander*, B. Mulloyt, M. Martin-Martinez*, T. L. BlundelP and D. F. Burke* *Department of Biochemistry, 80 Tennis Court Road, Cambridge CB2 IQW, U.K. and tNational Institute for(More)
β-Keto esters derived from dipeptides are prepared by application of common methodologies employed for the synthesis of amino acid-derived β-keto esters; however, epimerization of the C-terminal residue occurred to different extents depending on the method. In imidazolide activated dipeptides, this epimerization is due to the CDI activation step and to the(More)