Monica Pegna

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The recently proposed WHIM (Weighted Holistic Invariant Molecular) approach [Todeschini, R., Lasagni, M. and Marengo, E., J. Chemometrics, 8 (1994) 263] has been applied to molecular surfaces to derive new 3D theoretical descriptors, called MS-WHIM. To test their reliability, a 3D QSAR study has been performed on a series of steroids, comparing the MS-WHIM(More)
The solution structure of a peptide corresponding to the VP1 region 141-160 of foot-and-mouth disease virus (FMDV) serotype A variant USA has been studied by NMR and computer calculations and compared with the results from a study on a highly homologous peptide deriving from serotype A, variant A. The two peptides differ in their serological behavior and(More)
Abstract: The solution structure of a 20 amino acid long peptide corresponding to the region 141-160 of the envelope protein Vp1 from foot-and-mouth disease virus (FMDV) serotype A, variant A, has been determined by a combination of NMR experiments and computer calculations. The peptide contains both the immunodominant epitope as well as the sequence (RGD)(More)
In the absence of specific interactions, the relative attenuation of protein NMR signals due to added stable free radicals such as TEMPOL should reflect the solvent accessibility of the molecular surface. The quantitative correlation between observed attenuation and surface accessibility was investigated with a model system, i.e., the small protein bovine(More)
Tuftsin, a natural linear tetrapeptide (Thr-Lys-Pro-Arg) of potential antitumor activity, has been studied in DMSO-d6 solution by 2D NMR spectroscopy. 1H and 13C spectra show the presence of two families of conformations characterized by a trans or cis Lys-Pro bond, respectively. The family of conformers containing the cis peptide bond is a mixture of(More)
Using a combination of one- and two-dimensional methods, 1H- and 15N-nmr spectroscopy has been employed to perform the complete assignment and the structural determination of the immunogenic undecapeptide CTTTNSRGTTT in DMSO solution. Nuclear Overhauser enhancement spectroscopy experiments indicated the presence of secondary structures, mainly turn-like(More)
Conformationally constrained peptidomimetics of the Lys-Pro sequence have been obtained using a new polycyclic structure. Bicyclic compounds containing a dioxopiperazine-thiazolidine fused ring have been synthesised starting from N-lysyl-4-ethoxycarbonylthiazolidine-2-carboxylic acid. The carboxyl group in either position 2 or 4 of the thiazolidine ring was(More)
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