Saul G. Jacchieri

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The physiological functions of the cellular prion protein, PrP(C), as a cell surface pleiotropic receptor are under debate. We report that PrP(C) interacts with vitronectin but not with fibronectin or collagen. The binding sites mediating this PrP(C)-vitronectin interaction were mapped to residues 105-119 of PrP(C) and the residues 307-320 of vitronectin.(More)
A systematic analysis of the peptide sequences and lengths of several homologues of bioactive peptides and of a number of quenched-fluorescence (qf) opioid- and bradykinin-related peptides was performed to determine the main features leading the oligopeptides to hydrolysis by the recombinant rat testis thimet oligopeptidase (EC The results(More)
In order to predict the binding regions within the complex formed by Toll-like receptor 5 (TLR-5) and flagellin, a complementary hydropathy between the two proteins was sought. A region common to the flagellins of Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and Listeria monocytogenes was shown to be hydropathically complementary to the(More)
In this report, we present a hypothesis on the mechanism used by interstitial collagenases to cleave their natural substrate, interstitial collagens. The hypothesis is based on the assumption that the proline hinge domain of interstitial collagenase adopts a collagen-like conformation. With a collagen-like domain, the enzyme is able to disturb the(More)
The specificity of thimet oligopeptidase (EC (TOP 24.15) does not agree with theoretical models devised to explain the specificity characteristic of peptidases toward certain sequences of amino acid residues. According to previous studies peptide chains hydrolyzed by TOP 24.15 adopt similar main chain conformations, although with different and in(More)
Various procedures are employed to relate the structural tendencies of polypeptide chain fragments to amino acid residues that in general have low background frequencies. A numerical evaluation of the content of these amino acids, named amino acid diversity, is defined. Distributions of the amino acid diversity parameter in databases containing exons,(More)
The principles and application of conformational analysis software that makes use of a new algorithm are described. It is known that the existence of a local energy minimum in the energy landscape is in general related to the clustering of polypeptide chain conformations near that energy value or, in other words, to a high density of states. A criterion(More)
A conformational analysis including three polypeptide chains known to be amyloidogenic and neurotoxic has shown the occurrence of low probability hydrophobic beta-strands stabilized by intramolecular interactions. It is argued that by engaging in non-bonded and hydrophobic interactions these beta-strands seed the assembly of beta-sheets in amyloid fibrils(More)
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