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A number of peptide analogs derived from the N-terminal alpha-helical region of bovine lactoferrin (LFB 14-31), were designed in order to investigate how deviating numbers and positions of positively charged residues and numbers of aromatic residues affected their activity against prokaryotic, normal and transformed eukaryotic cells. Most of the LFB(More)
A number of shortened derivatives of the lactoferrin model peptide L12, PAWRKAFRWAKRMLKKAA, were designed in order to elucidate the structural basis for antitumour activity of lactoferrin derivatives. Three tumour cell lines were included in the study and toxicity determined by measuring lysis of human red blood cells and fibroblasts. The results(More)
Host defense peptides (HDPs) are naturally occurring molecules found in most species, in which they play a significant role in the first line defense against intruding pathogens, and several HDPs have been shown to possess anticancer activity. Structure-activity relationship studies on the HDP bovine lactoferricin revealed a de novo design of a nonamer(More)
The cytotoxic activity of 10 analogs of the idealized amphipathic helical 21-mer peptide (KAAKKAA)3, where three of the Ala residues at different positions have been replaced with Trp residues, has been investigated. The peptide's cytotoxic activity was found to be markedly dependent upon the position of the Trp residues within the hydrophobic sector of an(More)
A peptide L5 (PAWRKAFRWAWRMLKKAA), derived from the N-terminal alpha-helical region of bovine lactoferrin (LFB 14-31), that is highly active against several tumour cell lines was reported earlier. In this study, a number of L5 analogues were designed in order to investigate how subsequent replacements of the aromatic amino acids in L5 with three amino acids(More)
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