Rudolf R. Bukownik

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The effects of varying the structure of philanthotoxin (PhTX) were investigated on binding of the channel blockers: [3H]perhydrohistrionicotoxin (H12-HTX) to the nicotinic acetylcholine receptor (nACh-R) of Torpedo electric organ and [3H]MK-801 [( 3H]-5-methyl-10,11-dihydro-5H-dibenzocyclo-hepten-5,10-imine maleate) to the N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor(More)
Fifty-two analogues of the wasp toxin, philanthotoxin-433, have been synthesized and tested on a glutamatergic, nerve-muscle preparation from locust leg. Reduction in amplitude of the neurally-evoked muscle twitch was used to construct dose-inhibition relationships from which IC50S were estimated. The most active analogues were characterized by one or more(More)
125I2-iodinated philanthotoxin-343 (PhTX-343), [125I2]PhTX-343-arginine, and [125I2]PhTX-343-lysine were synthesized and evaluated as probes for glutamate receptors in rat brain synaptic membranes. It was found that these probes were not specific for the glutamate receptors but may be useful for investigating the polyamine binding site. Filtration assays(More)
Two new water-soluble cyclophanes, which incorporate the Troger’s base structural unit, have been prepared. The two macrocycles are very similar and differ only by two (geminal) methyl groups. N M R data reveal that these macrocycles form complexes in aqueous solution with benzenoid substrates. Analysis of the titration binding curves indicates dissociation(More)
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