Nicole Collins

Learn More
S-100 proteins are calcium-binding proteins with important growth regulatory functions. Of these proteins, psoriasin and calgranulin-B have been shown to be highly upregulated in ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) of the breast and in psoriasis. The purpose of this study was to further elucidate the functional relevance of the overexpression of these two S-100(More)
BACKGROUND The cyclic, disulfide-containing peptide, cyclo-Ac-[Cys-His-Pro-Gln-Gly-Pro-Pro-Cys]-NH2, binds to streptavidin with high affinity. In streptavidin-peptide cocrystals of space group I222, cyclic peptide monomers are bound on adjacent streptavidin tetramers related by a crystallographic two-fold symmetry axis. We set out to determine whether the(More)
Recently, a cyclic peptide ligand, cyclo-Ac-[CHPQG-PPC]-NH2, that binds to streptavidin with high affinity was discovered by screening phage libraries. From the streptavidin-bound crystal structures of cyclo-Ac-[CHPQGPPC]-NH2 and of a related but more weakly binding linear ligand, FSHPQNT, we designed linear thiol-containing streptavidin binding ligands,(More)
BACKGROUND Gasotransmitters are endogenously made, biologically active gases with unique physiological properties. In addition to participation in the hypoxic respiratory reflex of the carotid body, the gasotransmitter hydrogen sulfide (H(2)S) is thought to play a role in more localized vasodilatory hypoxic tissue responses. This pilot project describes a(More)
BACKGROUND Better understanding of the transannular influence of a substituent on the redox-potentials of bicyclo[2.2.2]octane-derived quinones will help in the design of new compounds with controlled biological activity. However, attempts to directly relate the reduction potentials of substituted triptycene-quinones to the electronic effects of(More)
The use of a benzofuran to mask phenol and arylacetaldehyde moieties simultaneously in the synthesis of analogues of mycophenolic acid (MPA) was explored. Benzofuran 4 provided a stable and easily handled intermediate for the preparation of unnatural derivatives at the C-6 position of MPA. Preparation of the highly potent 6-ethyl MPA analogue 2 was(More)
  • 1