Piotr Rekowski

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Cell-penetrating peptides (CPP) are a family of peptides able to penetrate the cell membrane. This group of compounds has attracted consideration as potential therapeutic tools for the delivery of various substances into cells. Here, we investigated possible interactions between several CPP synthesized in our laboratory and the vascular action of(More)
Behavioral effect of galanin and its fragments, galanin1-15 and galanin16-29 (200 ng, 1 and 5 micrograms), after intracerebroventricular (i.c.v.) administration was studied in rats. The number of crossings and pippings and the time of locomotion (an open field test) showed a similar sedative action of galanin and galanin16-29, with no significant effect of(More)
The contributions of the natural modified nucleosides to RNA identity in protein/RNA interactions are not understood. We had demonstrated that 15 amino acid long peptides could be selected from a random phage display library using the criterion of binding to a modified, rather than unmodified, anticodon domain of yeast tRNA(Phe) (ASL(Phe)). Affinity and(More)
A new peptide nucleic acid (PNA) mediated QPCR technique for the detection and quantification of the Multiple Sclerosis-Associated Retrovirus (MSRV) belonging to the human endogenous retrovirus-W (HERV-W) family has been developed. The assay utilizes a PNA probe which is fully complementary to the ERVWE1 sequence, another member of the HERV-W family which(More)
Peptides that bind either U1 small nuclear RNA (U1 snRNA) or the anticodon stem and loop of yeast tRNA(Phe) (tRNA(ACPhe)) were selected from a random-sequence, 15-amino acid bacteriophage display library. An experimental system, including an affinity selection method, was designed to identify primary RNA-binding peptide sequences without bias to known amino(More)
The sequence-dependent, acid- or base-catalysed aspartimide formation is one of the most serious side reactions in solid-phase synthesis of peptides containing aspartic acid. In the present work, we investigated the susceptibility of 4-(N-[1-(4,4-dimethyl-2,6-dioxocyclohexylidene)-3-methylbutyl]amino)benzyl (Dmab), an aspartic acid beta-carboxy side-chain(More)
HERV-W is a multi-locus family of human endogenous retroviruses (HERVs) that has been found to play an important role in human physiology and pathology. Two particular members of HERV-W family are of special interests: ERVWE1 (coding syncytin-1, which is a glycoprotein essential in the formation of the placenta) and MSRV (multiple sclerosis-associated(More)
Frequency-domain fluorescence resonance energy transfer and anisotropy measurements were performed to characterize conformational dynamics of an analog of the RNase S-peptide (residues 1-20). Trp was used as a donor by replacing Phe 8, and a dansyl acceptor group was introduced at position 1 or 18. The distance-distribution parameters, half width of the(More)
BACKGROUND Postoperative ileus (PI) is a common surgical complication, the treatment of which consists of supportive measures. AIM The effects of several cyclooxygenase (COX) inhibitors and their interaction with L-arginine/nitric oxide synthase (NOS) pathway were tested in a rat PI model. METHODS Intestinal transit was measured as Evans blue migration(More)
The effects of heme oxygenase (HO) inhibitors, zinc-protoporphyrin-IX (ZnPP-IX), and tin protoporphyrin-IX (SnPP-IX) and their interactions with L-arginine/nitric oxide synthase (NOS) and cyclooxygenase (COX) pathways were investigated in postoperative ileus in rats. Intestinal transit was measured as Evans blue migration after skin incision, laparotomy or(More)