Robyn J Medinas

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The synthetic peptides DP-107 and DP-178 (T-20), derived from separate domains within the human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) transmembrane (TM) protein, gp4l, are stable and potent inhibitors of HIV-1 infection and fusion. Using a computer searching strategy (computerized antiviral searching technology, C.A.S.T.) based on the predicted secondary(More)
HIV fusion is mediated by a conformational transition in which the C-terminal region (HR2) of gp41 interacts with the N-terminal region (HR1) to form a six-helix bundle. Peptides derived from the HR1 form a well-characterized, trimeric coiled-coil bundle in the presence of HR2 peptides, but there is little structural information on the isolated HR1 trimer.(More)
Cytomegalovirus (CMV) is a common opportunistic infection after lung transplant. Despite effective antiviral medications to treat CMV, invasive CMV disease contributes to lung allograft dysfunction and worse survival. Efforts to prevent CMV have led to the use of valganciclovir prophylaxis for increasingly longer periods after transplant. A pivotal concern(More)
The envelope glycoprotein of human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1), gp160, is synthesized as a protein precursor that when proteolytically cleaved yields two subunits, gp120 and gp41. gp120 is the surface glycoprotein on HIV-1 responsible for binding to CD4, and gp41 is the transmembrane glycoprotein involved in the membrane fusion process. gp41 is(More)
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