Mohammed E. A. Ibrahim

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With the aid of the scanning electron microscope the possible sites of materno-foetal oxygen transfer were investigated. Fresh small tissue pieces were obtained and processed from at least six regions of central and peripheral parts of the maternal surface of human full-term placentas. The surface ultrastructural features of the syncytiotrophoblast lining(More)
To explore the role of calcium in the materno-foetal relationship we decided to study the surface ultrastructure of the human placenta. Fresh pieces of tissues were obtained from central and peripheral parts of the maternal surface of human full-term placentas, processed and then examined with the Scanning Electron Microscope. Calcium depositions could only(More)
The bacterial CO-sensing heme protein CooA activates expression of genes whose products perform CO-metabolism by binding its target DNA in response to CO binding. The required conformational change has been proposed to result from CO-induced displacement of the heme and of the adjacent C-helix, which connects the sensory and DNA-binding domains. Support for(More)
Modulation of soluble guanylate cyclase (sGC) activity by nitric oxide (NO) involves two distinct steps. Low-level activation of sGC is achieved by the stoichiometric binding of NO (1-NO) to the heme cofactor, while much higher activation is achieved by the binding of additional NO (xsNO) at a non-heme site. Addition of the allosteric activator YC-1 to the(More)
Heme proteins bind the gaseous ligands XO (X = C, N, O) via backbonding from Fe d(pi) electrons. Backbonding is modulated by distal interactions of the bound ligand with the surrounding protein and by variations in the strength of the trans proximal ligand. Vibrational modes associated with FeX and XO bond stretching coordinates report on these(More)
In agreement with previous reports (Gasyna, Z. FEBS Lett. 1979, 106, 213-218 and Leibl, W.; Nitschke, W.; Huettermann, J. Biochim. Biophys. Acta 1986, 870, 20-30) radiolytically reduced samples of oxygenated myoglobin at cryogenic temperatures have been shown by optical absorption and EPR studies to produce directly the peroxo-bound myoglobin at 77 K.(More)
Soluble guanylate cyclase (sGC), a hemoprotein, is the primary nitric oxide (NO) receptor in higher eukaryotes. The binding of NO to sGC leads to the formation of a five-coordinate ferrous-nitrosyl complex and a several hundred-fold increase in cGMP synthesis. NO activation of sGC is influenced by GTP and the allosteric activators YC-1 and BAY 41-2272.(More)
Raman spectroscopy can provide unique information on the evolution of structure in proteins over a wide range of time scales; the picosecond to millisecond range can be accessed with pump-probe techniques. Specific parts of the molecule are interrogated by tuning the probe laser to a resonant electronic transition, including the UV transitions of aromatic(More)
Hydrophilic interaction LC (HILIC) has gained wide acceptance in recent years due to its ability to retain and separate polar compounds such as pharmaceuticals. Most commercial HILIC phases are particle based, which limit the speed with which HILIC separations can be performed. Herein, agglomerated silica monolithic columns are prepared by electrostatically(More)