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Prion diseases are fatal neurodegenerative disorders believed to be transmitted by PrP (Sc), an aberrant form of the membrane protein PrP (C). In the absence of an established form-specific covalent difference, the infectious properties of PrP (Sc) were uniquely ascribed to the self-perpetuation properties of its aberrant fold. Previous sequencing of the(More)
Carboplatin (CPT), today the most important platinum(II) anticancer drug, manifests an extreme kinetic inertness, in vitro, at physiological pH; the actual mechanisms for its activation inside cells are still poorly understood. We show here that horse heart cytochrome c reacts with CPT, leading to the formation of stable platinum/protein adducts. The two(More)
UDP-N-acetylglucosamine 2-epimerase/N-acetylmannosamine kinase (GNE) is the gene mutated in GNE myopathy. In an attempt to elucidate GNE functions that could account for the muscle pathophysiology of this disorder, the interaction of GNE with α-actinins has been investigated. Surface plasmon resonance and microscale thermophoresis analysis revealed, that in(More)
As part of a systematic study of the basic principles that govern the formation and reactivity of Pt–protein adducts, we report the effect of substituting the ammine ligand of cis- and trans-[PtCl2(NH3)2] complexes with bulkier planar aromatic or nonplanar cyclic amine ligands on the binding properties of the complexes to ubiquitin and to horse heart(More)
In human papillomavirus (HPV)-infected cells, the p53 tumor suppressor is tightly regulated by the HPV-E6-E6AP complex, which promotes it for proteasomal degradation. We previously demonstrated that c-Abl tyrosine kinase protects p53 from HPV-E6-E6AP complex-mediated ubiquitination and degradation under stress conditions. However, the underlying mechanism(More)
siRNA-loaded nanoparticles (NPs) administered systemically can overcome the poor stability and rapid elimination of free double-stranded RNA in circulation, resulting in increased tumor accumulation and efficacy. siRNA against osteopontin (siOPN), a protein involved in breast cancer development, was encapsulated in poly(D,L-lactic-co-glycolic acid) NPs by a(More)
Protein-protein interactions (PPIs) govern nearly all processes in living cells. Peptides play an important role in studying PPIs. Peptides carrying photoaffinity labels that covalently bind the interacting protein can be used to obtain more accurate information regarding PPIs. Benzophenone (BP) is a useful photoaffinity label that is widely used to study(More)
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