Peter Nikolov

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It is well known that a lag phase generally elapses between the addition of inducers of the mitochondrial permeability transition and the opening of the pore. To advance our present understanding as regards the significance of this phenomenon, we used experimental approaches which are sensitive to different aspects of the permeability transition process.(More)
We studied the properties of the permeability transition pore (PTP) in rat liver mitochondria and in mitoplasts retaining inner membrane ultrastructure and energy-linked functions. Like mitochondria, mitoplasts readily underwent a permeability transition following Ca(2+) uptake in a process that maintained sensitivity to cyclosporin A. On the other hand,(More)
We have studied the mitochondrial permeability transition pore (PTP) under oxidizing conditions with mitochondria-bound hematoporphyrin, which generates reactive oxygen species (mainly singlet oxygen, (1)O(2)) upon UV/visible light-irradiation and promotes the photooxidative modification of vicinal targets. We have characterized the PTP-modulating(More)
In this paper we present a study on the intracellular localisation and the efficiency of cell photoinactivation of a series of derivatives of 5,10,15,20-tetrakis-(4-N-methylpyridyl)-porphine (C1), whose degree of lipophilicity was varied through replacement of one methyl group with an alkyl chain of various length. Human HT1080 fibrosarcoma cells exposed to(More)
Staphylococcus epidermidis is a leading cause of nosocomial infections, and its virulence is attributable to formation of biofilm, especially on implanted devices. Photodynamic treatment (PDT) has been actively investigated for the eradication of bacterial biofilm growing on dental plaques and oral implants. In this study, we used Tri-meso(More)
The structure in solution and conformational stability of the hemocyanin from the Chilean gastropod mollusk Concholepas concholepas (CCH) and its structural subunits, CCH-A and CCH-B, were studied using fluorescence spectroscopy and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). The fluorescence properties of the oxygenated and apo-form (copper-deprived) of the(More)
Absorption and emission spectroscopic studies on Zn(II)-phthalocyanine (ZnPc) incorporated into unilamellar liposomes of dipalmitoylphosphatidylcholine, sometimes added with cholesterol or cardiolipin, and released to rat liver mitochondria via the three types of liposomal vesicles indicated that: (a) ZnPc predominantly dissolves in all lipid domains of(More)
In the hemolymph of many arthropodan species, respiratory copper proteins of high molecular weight, termed hemocyanins (Hcs) are dissolved. In this communication, we report on the protein stability of different hemocyanin species (Crustacea and Chelicerata) using fluorescence spectroscopy. Five to seven major electrophoretically separable protein chains(More)
Recent findings suggest that visible light-promoted photooxidative processes mediated by sensitizers of appropriate chemical structure could represent a useful tool for properly addressing the problem of the increasing occurrence of infectious diseases caused by multiantibiotic-resistant microbial pathogens. The monocationic meso-substituted porphyrin(More)
The beta-hemocyanin (beta-HpH) is one of the three dioxygen-binding proteins found freely dissolved in the hemolymph of the gastropodan mollusc Helix pomatia. The didecameric molecule (molecular mass 9 MDa) is built up of only one type of subunits. The fluorescence properties of the oxygenated and apo-form (copper-deprived) of the didecamer and its subunits(More)