Roman G. Efremov

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Proper lateral dimerization of the transmembrane domains of receptor tyrosine kinases is required for biochemical signal transduction across the plasma membrane. The spatial structure of the dimeric transmembrane domain of the growth factor receptor ErbB2 embedded into lipid bicelles was obtained by solution NMR, followed by molecular dynamics relaxation in(More)
BNip3 is a prominent representative of apoptotic Bcl-2 proteins with rather unique properties initiating an atypical programmed cell death pathway resembling both necrosis and apoptosis. Many Bcl-2 family proteins modulate the permeability state of the outer mitochondrial membrane by forming homo- and hetero-oligomers. The structure and dynamics of the(More)
The Eph receptor tyrosine kinases and their membrane-bound ephrin ligands control a diverse array of cell-cell interactions in the developing and adult organisms. During signal transduction across plasma membrane, Eph receptors, like other receptor tyrosine kinases, are involved in lateral dimerization and subsequent oligomerization presumably with proper(More)
A cytochrome c mutant lacking apoptogenic function but competent in electron transfer and antioxidant activities has been constructed. To this end, mutant species of horse and yeast cytochromes c with substitutions in the N-terminal alpha-helix or position 72 were obtained. It was found that yeast cytochrome c was much less effective than the horse protein(More)
The copper-transporting ATPase ATP7B is essential for normal distribution of copper in human cells. Mutations in ATP7B lead to Wilson's disease, a severe disorder with neurological and hepatic manifestations. One of the most common disease mutations, a H1069Q substitution, causes intracellular mislocalization of ATP7B (the Wilson's disease protein, WNDP).(More)
Copper transport by the P(1)-ATPase ATP7B, or Wilson disease protein (WNDP),1 is essential for human metabolism. Perturbation of WNDP function causes intracellular copper accumulation and severe pathology, known as Wilson disease (WD). Several WD mutations are clustered within the WNDP nucleotide-binding domain (N-domain), where they are predicted to(More)
UNLABELLED The PLATINUM (Protein-Ligand ATtractions Investigation NUMerically) web service is designed for analysis and visualization of hydrophobic/hydrophilic properties of biomolecules supplied as 3D-structures. Furthermore, PLATINUM provides a number of tools for quantitative characterization of the hydrophobic/hydrophilic match in biomolecular(More)
Hydrophobic interactions play a key role in the folding and maintenance of the 3-dimensional structure of proteins, as well as in the binding of ligands (e.g. drugs) to protein targets. Therefore, quantitative assessment of spatial hydrophobic (lipophilic) properties of these molecules is indispensable for the development of efficient computational methods(More)
Nine analogs of fusion peptide of influenza virus hemagglutinin whose membrane perturbation activity has been thoroughly tested [Murata et al. (1992) Biochemistry 31, 1986-1992; Murata et al. (1993) Biophys. J. 64, 724-734] were characterized by molecular modeling techniques with the aim of delineating any specific structural and/or hydrophobic properties(More)
Latarcins (Ltc), linear peptides (ca. 25 amino acid long) isolated from the venom of the Lachesana tarabaevi spider, exhibit a broad-spectrum antibacterial activity, most likely acting on the bacterial plasmatic membrane. We study the structure-activity relationships in the series of these compounds. At the first stage, we investigated the spatial structure(More)