Michaël Kalai

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A gene encoding a protein homologous to the periplasmic ABC phosphate binding receptor PstS from Escherichia coli was cloned and sequenced from a lambda gt11 library of Mycobacterium tuberculosis by screening with monoclonal antibody 2A1-2. Its degree of similarity to the E. coli PstS is comparable to those of the previously described M. tuberculosis(More)
The interaction between interleukin-6 (IL-6) and IL-6 receptor (IL-6R) is the initial and most specific step in the IL-6 signaling pathway. Understanding its mechanism at the amino acid level is the basis for developing small IL-6-inhibiting molecules. We studied the human IL-6 (hIL-6)/hIL-6R binding interface by a combination of molecular modelling and(More)
The cytokines IL-6, LIF, CNTF, OSM, IL-11, and CT-1 have been grouped into the family of IL-6-type cytokines, since they all require gp130 for signal transduction. Interestingly, gp130 binds directly to OSM, whereas complex formation with the other cytokines depends on additional receptor subunits. Only limited structural information on these cytokines and(More)
Anti-human interleukin-6 (human IL-6) and anti-human IL-6 receptor (IL-6R)-neutralising monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) are among the most promising human IL-6-specific inhibitors and have been shown to exert short-term beneficial effects in clinical trials. Simultaneous treatment with different anti-human IL-6 or anti-human IL-6R mAbs was recently suggested(More)
DNA vaccination is a potent means for inducing strong cell-mediated immune responses and protective immunity against viral, bacterial and parasite pathogens in rodents. In an attempt to increase cross-presentation through apoptosis, the DNA-encoding caspase-2 prodomain followed by wild-type or catalytically inactive mutated caspase-3 was inserted into a(More)
PknD is one of the eleven eukaryotic-like serine/threonine protein kinases (STPKs) of Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb). In vitro phosphorylation assays with the active recombinant PknD showed that the intracellular protein NAD+-dependent malate dehydrogenase (MDH) is a substrate of this kinase. MDH, an energy-supplying enzyme, catalyzes the interconversion(More)
The alpha-subunit of interleukin-6 (IL-6) receptor is a member of the hematopoietin receptor family. The alignment of its amino acid sequence with those of other members of this family (human somatotropin receptor/murine IL-3 receptor beta and human IL-2 receptor beta) has suggested that amino acids included in two SSFY repeats found in each of its(More)
We report the cloning and sequencing of the gene coding for antigen 88 from Mycobacterium tuberculosis by using monoclonal antibodies to screen an expression library in lambda gt11. The gene encodes a 403-amino-acid-residue protein with a calculated molecular mass of 43,790 Da which contains seven putative transmembrane alpha-helical domains and presents a(More)
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