Samantha Perspicace

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An immobilization procedure for protein on surface plasmon resonance sensor (SPR) chips is described. The target protein, cyclophilin D, is thereby genetically linked to a mutant of the human DNA repair protein O(6)-alkylguanine-DNA-alkyltransferase (hAGT). The procedure includes the immobilization of an alkylguanine derivative on the surface by amine(More)
Surface plasmon resonance (SPR) technology has emerged as a new and powerful technique to investigate the interaction between low-molecular-weight molecules and target proteins. In the present work, the authors assemble from a large compound collection a library of 2226 molecules (fragments having low molecular weights between 100 and 300 Da) to screen them(More)
BACE1 is a novel type I transmembrane aspartyl protease that has been implicated in the pathogenesis of Alzheimer's disease. Cleavage of the amyloid precursor protein by the beta-secretase, BACE1, is the first step in the production of the Abeta peptide and is a prime target for therapeutic intervention. Using circular dichroism, we reveal that the(More)
The use of a recently proposed hydrophobic similarity index for the alignment of molecules and the prediction of their differences in biological activity is described. The hydrophobic similarity index exploits atomic contributions to the octanol/water transfer free energy, which are evaluated by means of the fractional partitioning scheme developed within(More)
Carnitine palmitoyl transferase 2 (CPT-2) is a key enzyme in the mitochondrial fatty acid metabolism. The active site is comprised of a Y-shaped tunnel with distinct binding sites for the substrate acylcarnitine and the cofactor CoA. We investigated the thermodynamics of binding of four inhibitors directed against either the CoA or the acylcarnitine binding(More)
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