Mohammad A Qasim

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The P1 or primary specificity residue of standard mechanism canonical protein inhibitors of serine proteinases, inserts into the S1 primary specificity cavity of the cognate enzyme upon enzyme-inhibitor complex formation. Both natural evolution and protein engineering often change the P1 residue to greatly alter the specificity and the binding strength. To(More)
Proteinases perform many beneficial functions that are essential to life, but they are also dangerous and must be controlled. Here we focus on one of the control mechanisms: the ubiquitous presence of protein proteinase inhibitors. We deal only with a subset of these: the standard mechanism, canonical protein inhibitors of serine proteinases. Each of the(More)
Standard mechanism protein inhibitors of serine proteinases share a common mechanism of interaction with their cognate enzymes. The P1 residue of the inhibitor interacts with the enzyme in a substrate-like manner. Its side chain becomes imbedded in the S1 cavity of the enzyme. The nature of P1, the primary specificity residue, greatly affects the strength(More)
Urea-induced denaturation of defatted BSA and BSA containing six mol palmitic acid/mol protein (fatted BSA) has been studied by the techniques of UV difference spectroscopy and fluorescence spectroscopy. The notable differences between the two transitions are a shift in the transition of fatted BSA to a higher urea concentration and a three-state(More)
From the larger set of 191 variants at all the variable contact positions in the turkey ovomucoid third domain, we selected a subset that consists of Asp, Glu, His, and Lys residues at eight of the nine contiguous P6-P3' positions (residues 13-21), the exception being P3-Cys16 which is involved in a conserved disulfide bridge. Two-dimensional [1H,1H]-TOCSY(More)
An additivity-based sequence to reactivity algorithm for the interaction of members of the Kazal family of protein inhibitors with six selected serine proteinases is described. Ten consensus variable contact positions in the inhibitor were identified, and the 19 possible variants at each of these positions were expressed. The free energies of interaction of(More)
Intermolecular main chain H-bonding networks are frequently encountered at the interface of complexes of protein proteinase inhibitors and their cognate enzymes. Studies of X-ray crystal structures of many protein inhibitors complexed with serine proteinases have revealed that the amide NH group of the P1 residue in the inhibitor donates an H-bond to the(More)
For many protein families, such as serine proteinases or serine proteinase inhibitors, the family assignment predicts reactivity only in general terms. Both detailed specificity and quantitative reactivity are lacking. We believe that, for many such protein families, algorithms can be devised by defining the subset of n functionally important sequence(More)
Studies on the strength and extent of binding of the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug indomethacin to human serum albumin (HSA) have provided conflicting results. In the present work, the serum-binding of indomethacin was studied in 55 mM sodium phosphate buffer (pH 7.0) at 28 degrees C, by using a fluorescence quench titration technique. The(More)