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The very late antigen-4 (VLA-4), also known as integrin alpha4beta1, is expressed on monocytes, T- and B-lympohocytes, basophils, and eosinophils and is involved in the massive recruitment of granulocytes in different pathological conditions such as multiple sclerosis and asthma. VLA-4 interacts with its endogenous ligand VCAM-1 during chronic inflammation,(More)
Several caspases have been implicated in the pathogenesis of Huntington's disease (HD); however, existing caspase inhibitors lack the selectivity required to investigate the specific involvement of individual caspases in the neuronal cell death associated with HD. In order to explore the potential role played by caspase-2, the potent but non-selective(More)
The influence of electrostatic interactions in determining selectivity for individual subtypes of metabotropic glutamate receptors (mGluRs) is evaluated for a small set of agonists by using the program Delphi and the information thus obtained is compared with docking experiments carried out with AutoDock. The evaluation of the electrostatic component of the(More)
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