Michael R. Tessmer

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Dodecylphosphocholine (DPC) micelles are useful as a model membrane system for solution NMR. Several new observations on dodecylphosphocholine micelles and their interactions with opioid peptides are described. The optimal lipid concentration has been investigated for small peptide NMR studies in DPC micelles for two opioid peptides, a 5-mer and a 17-mer.(More)
Dynorphin A (1-17) (dynorphin) acts preferentially and with high affinity at the kappa-opioid receptor, for which it is the natural, endogenous ligand. Interest in designing new ligands to interact at the kappa-opioid receptor is based in part on the desire to circumvent some of the problems associated with mu-opioid ligands such as morphine. The(More)
Opioid peptides are thought to interact with the cell membrane in their biological journey to the membrane-bound receptor. Both organic solvents and model membranes have been used previously to determine the stable solution conformations of peptide hormones. Leucine enkephalin has been studied in a number of different environments, but with limited(More)
Fluorescence spectroscopy has been used to examine the interaction between the opioid peptide dynorphin A(1-17) (dynorphin) and dodecylphosphocholine (DPC) micelles. Fluorescence emission spectra as a function of added lipid indicate insertion of the Trp14 side chain into the hydrophobic portion of the micelle, supporting NMR results from this laboratory. A(More)
In this study, we use native polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis and one-dimensional NMR spectroscopy to analyze small RNA hairpins containing a UUCG tetraloop. The aggregation state of one RNA 16-mer (5'-CGGCUUCGGUCGACCA-3') in the presence of Mg(2+) was confirmed by laser light scattering. Although it is widely known in the RNA field that some RNAs tend to(More)
The compound c[Cys5,11]dynorphin A-(1-11)-NH2, 1, is a cyclic dynorphin A analog that shows similar selectivity and potency at the kappa-opioid receptor when compared to the native form of the peptide in central nervous system assays. Previous molecular mechanics calculations have shown that the ring portion of the isoform that is trans about the Arg9-Pro10(More)
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