Piero Andrea Temussi

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Nociceptin (NC) and some of its fragments as well as nociceptin-(1-13)-peptide amide [NC- (1-13)-NH2] and a series of its analogues were prepared and tested in the mouse vas deferens in an attempt to identify the sequences involved in the activation (message) and in the binding (address) of nociceptin to its receptor. The NC receptor that inhibits the(More)
The properties of di- and tri-peptides containing 1,2,3,4-tetrahydroisoquinoline-3-carboxylic acid (Tic) in second position suggest that the message domain of opioid peptides can be composed of only two residues [Temussi, P. A., Salvadori, S., Amodeo, P., Guerrini, R., Tomatis, R., Lazarus, L. H., Picone, D. & Tancredi, T. (1994) Biochem. Biophys. Res.(More)
Deltorphin is an opioid peptide with the sequence H-Tyr-D-Met-Phe-His-Leu-Met-Asp-NH2, recently isolated from the skin of Phyllomedusa sauvagei. Its enormous selectivity towards the delta-opioid receptor and the similarity of the N-terminal part of the sequence with that of dermorphin (H-Tyr-D-Ala-Phe-Gly-Tyr-Pro-Ser-NH2), a mu selective peptide isolated(More)
Understanding the factors that determine protein stability is interesting because it directly reflects the evolutionary pressure coming from function and environment. Here, we have combined experimental and computational methods to study the stability of IscU, a bacterial scaffold protein highly conserved in most organisms and an essential component of the(More)
Frataxins are a family of metal binding proteins associated with the human Friedreich's ataxia disease. Here, we have addressed the effect of non-specifically binding salts on the stability of the yeast ortholog Yfh1. This protein is a sensitive model since its stability is strongly dependent on the environment, in particular on ionic strength. Yfh1 also(More)
Yfh1, the yeast ortholog of frataxin, is a protein of limited thermodynamic stability which undergoes cold denaturation at temperatures above the water freezing point. We have previously demonstrated that its stability is strongly dependent on ionic strength and that monovalent or divalent cations are able to considerably stabilize the fold. Here, we(More)
NKA (4-10), the C-terminal heptapeptide fragment (Asp-Ser-Phe-Val-Gly-Leu-Met-NH2) of tachykinin NKA, is more active than the parent native compound in the interaction with the NK-2 receptor. Substitution of Gly8 with the more flexible residue beta-Ala8 increases its selectivity with respect to other two known receptors (NK-1 and NK-3), whereas substitution(More)
Dmt-Tic-OH (DTOH) and Dmt-Tic-Ala-OH (DTAOH), effective antagonists in vitro, represent a new potent opioid dipeptides for the delta-opioid receptor (Ki delta of 0.022 nM and a selectivity, Ki mu/Ki delta, of 150,000 for DTOH; Ki delta of 0.285 nM and a selectivity Ki mu/Ki delta, of 20,4 for DTAOH). In the present study we considered the pharmacological(More)
Sweet proteins are a family of proteins with no structure or sequence homology, able to elicit a sweet sensation in humans through their interaction with the dimeric T1R2-T1R3 sweet receptor. In particular, monellin and its single chain derivative (MNEI) are among the sweetest proteins known to men. Starting from a careful analysis of the surface(More)
We have exploited the capability of in-cell NMR to selectively observe flexible regions within folded proteins to carry out a comparative study of two members of the highly conserved frataxin family which are found both in prokaryotes and in eukaryotes. They all contain a globular domain which shares more than 50% identity, which in eukaryotes is preceded(More)