Pavlina Dolashka

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1. The stability towards pH changes, thermal and chemical (guanidine hydrochloride) denaturation of the oxy- and apo-forms of the native Rapana thomasiana haemocyanin and its structural subunits, RHSS1 and RHSS2, has been investigated using fluorescence and CD spectroscopy. The association of the subunits into haemocyanin aggregates increases considerably(More)
The combined protective effect of a novel naturally glycosylated Cu/Zn-containing superoxide dismutase, produced by the fungus Humicula lutea (HL-SOD) strain 103, and the selective anti-influenza drug rimantadine hydrochloride (Rim) was evaluated in experimental virus infection in mice, induced with influenza virus A/Aichi/2/68 (H3N2). A combined(More)
A progressive suppression of the phagocytic ability of peritoneal macrophages and polymorphonuclears (PMNs) in hamsters with transplanted myeloid tumors was previously established. The i.p. application of Cu/Zn SOD, isolated from the fungal strain Humicola lutea (HLSOD) (2 injections before and 5 injections after tumor transplantation) induced the mean(More)
The stability towards thermal and chemical (guanidine hydrochloride, GnHCl) denaturation of six inhibited subtilases (mesentericopeptidase, subtilisins BPN', Carlsberg and DY, proteinase K and thermitase) has been investigated by kinetic and equilibrium studies. The unfolding processes were monitored by circular dichroic and fluorescence spectroscopy.(More)
Molluscan hemocyanins are very large biological macromolecules and they act as oxygen-transporting glycoproteins. Most of them are glycoproteins with molecular mass around 9000 kDa. The oligosaccharide structures of the structural subunit RvH2 of Rapana venosa hemocyanin (RvH) were studied by sequence analysis of glycans using MALDI-TOF-MS and tandem mass(More)
As observed in most molluscan hemocyanins, high-mannose type glycans were identified in hemocyanins from Rapana venosa (RvH), Helix lucorum (HlH) and keyhole limpet (Megatura crenulata). In addition, a glycan with a branching structure containing xylose, fucose and terminal methyl hexose was identified in β-HlH. We have examined the immuno-adjuvant(More)
AIMS A better understanding of the role of antioxidant enzymes, superoxide dismutase (SOD) and catalase (CAT) in the protection of Aspergillus niger spores against thermal stress. METHODS AND RESULTS Conidiospores from A. niger 26 were subjected to wide range of temperatures (30, 50, 60 and 80 degrees C). The stress response was investigated by the(More)
The oligosaccharide structures of the structural subunit HtH1 of Haliotis tuberculata hemocyanin (HtH) were studied by mass spectral sequence analysis of the glycans. The proposed structures are based on MALDI-TOF-MS data before and after treatment with the specific exoglycosidases β1-3,4,6-galactosidase and α1-6(>2,3,4) fucosidase followed by sequence(More)
Rapana venosa hemocyanin (RvH), a circulating glycoprotein of the marine snail, has a complex structure. To provide details on the stability of the protein, one functional unit, RvH2-e, was compared with the native molecule and the structural subunits, RvH1 and RvH2, via pH-T diagrams, typical phase portraits for stability and denaturation reversibility. By(More)
In this study we determined the effect of reactive oxygen species (ROS) generation during incubation in media at 39 degrees C on ram spermatozoa and the protection by exogenously added antioxidant enzyme, superoxide dismutase (SOD). A novel Cu/Zn-SOD, isolated from the fungal strain Humicola lutea 103 (HLSOD), was used. Our results point out that the levels(More)